Everything has a beginning, middle and an end.
I began working at Calling lakes Centre in 2009. I was hired as one of the contract staff people in charge or planning and organizing a handful of weekend programs and events. Everything from youth retreats and ministry certification, to advent weekends and social media workshops.
In many ways, Calling Lakes has made me who I am today. The passions that were nurtured, the leadership skills that were developed and spiritual yearnings that were strengthened all took place here. This was the home where my spirit “grew up”.
A few months ago I learned that Calling Lakes would be closing its doors. I understood, the church is changing and part of that change requires letting go of some aspects of its ministry, even though they were loved and appreciated.
I understood the decision, accepted the outcome and thought I was ok with it. However, this weekend I attended my last course at Calling Lakes and all of a sudden I found myself sad, not ready to let go.
Its amazing how a collection of buildings can hold you so tenderly. How squeaky doors, mismatched bedding and solid wood chairs can make you feel safe. This ministry has so many memories, and emotions attached to it that its hard to let go.
Knowing that this would be the last time I slept in the dorms or had to fight with the finicky faucets I was reminded of all the times i’d walked down these halls doing night checks for excited youth or talked for hours with a fellow program participant. Times when I’d shared the family suit with my beautiful children or stayed up all night as a result of someone snoring. This was the last time i’d sit in these rooms, eat this incredible food or drink hot chocolate in the lounge. Change is hard.
Despite the sadness, I am grateful for the time I spent at the centre both as a participant and as an employee. They were years that changed me, experiences that taught me, memories that remain with me and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Thank you to those who sat in programs with me, worked alongside me, mentored me, shared a meal or engaged in conversation with me. This place will forever unite us and for that I am truly grateful.
Though I am sad, I feel blessed to have been part of this ministry and journey.
A visual journey
Turning into Calling Lakes Centre off Fort San road
The beautiful tree lined road in front of the centre
Welcome to the Centre
Calling Lakes amidst the spring foliage
You have arrived
Unique wooden signs signal where to go
A cozy corner to sit and visit with friends
A welcome space for songs and stories, s’mores and fellowship
Overlooking the front yard
The gorgeous surroundings
The trees hold a special place in my heart
The Qu’ Appelle Valley