It’s Sunday morning. You just had a great weekend of camping, and you got to wake up in your cozy RV parked in the middle of God’s glory; the great outdoors. But there’s just one problem- you’re too far away from your church and you will miss the service. Maybe you missed service last weekend, and you don’t want to miss again. Or, you’re excited for the opportunity to experience a new church with a different community.
Just because you’re out of town and camping for the weekend doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your prayer time. Even if you aren’t religious, you may have a Sunday morning routine, whether it’s meditation or reflection time, that you want to continue while you’re on the road. After all, your RV is your mobile home away from home. Here are our tips for when you’re wanting to be religious in your RV:
If you’re wanting to try out a new church in the area you’re visiting, it’s best to do a little bit of research. Depending on your denomination, you can find lists of churches and services offered in the area you’re visiting. A simple Google search will provide you with some addresses and options for your Sunday morning service. Be aware of the different times services are offered. Most churches have their own schedule of worship times. Also, don’t be shy to ask campsite personnel about the nearest churches. Along with knowing where the closest convenience store or restaurant is, they probably know of a few churches or even have a list of churches in the area. You’re probably not the first camper to ask that question, so ask away!
TRY A GROUP
Depending on the campground you’re staying at, there might be worship services held close, or even on site. If you’re staying at a national park, an organization you might want to check out is ACMNP. This Christian group hosts services inside national parks, which is pretty convenient if you are visiting one!
If you would rather stay with your own group of campers, you can always host your own Sunday morning service. Some morning time around the fire while reading aloud a couple of your favorite passages is a great way to have your own personal service, and it’s a great way to build community. If you’re musically inclined, you could always bring your guitar along for your camping trip and sing songs with your group.
IF YOU’RE SOLO
Maybe you’re the only one on your camping trip who wants to set aside time for worship on Sunday morning. If you aren’t able to drive to a nearby church and experience their service, you always have the option to have prayer time in solitude. Try having a space set aside in your RV where you can sit down and focus. If you’d like, you could always take a walk around the campground and find a peaceful spot for you to focus on scripture and pray while you’re taking in all of nature’s beauty.
BUT THERE’S NO TIME!
If you feel like you are crunched on time and can’t find a couple minutes to set aside for worship, just take a look around you while you’re doing your camping activities. Being in the great outdoors lends itself to reflective time. So next time you’re on a hike, boating down the river or casting your fishing line, take a second and pray.
No matter where you’re traveling, you can find a time and place to continue your Sunday morning routine. Prayer is always available to you, it’s just a matter of finding a peaceful spot where you can listen to songs or read scripture while you’re on the road.