The chapel subcommittee, headed by Jeff Hendrix, developed a list in consultation with other LRCA board members. Agreed upon by all was that this chapel be treated as a sanctuary, and not simply as another gathering spot on campus. These are the considerations for this improved worship space.
1. Create a space that centers on the Means of Grace as the means of Salvation
a. Nature can only make known a partial knowledge of God. Only the Word can create a full knowledge of God. (Cf. John 17:17 – Thy Word is Truth)
b. Nature can only give a temporary “illusion” of peace. Only the Lord’s Supper can give real peace.
c. God is present in all of nature, yet nature is corrupt. Only through Baptism can the Christian be brought into the presence of God. Baptism is the re-creation of man.
d. This theme is a stark contrast to any other Bible camp. In what ways can we build on this theme throughout the rest of Camp?
2. Make the space more functional and useable
a. Sound. Create a space that allows for a speaker to be heard (closer benches, angled?)
b. Light. Can the space be used at night, if so desired?
c. Shade. The sun hinders midday worship. Shade must be implemented
d. Accessibility. Dirt ground? Stone pavers? Wood?
e. Capacity. ~90 people
3. Make the space blend in with its surroundings & the rest of Camp
a. Integrate the design of the chapel with the rest of Camp
b. Use nature to complement the theme of the Chapel
c. Use nature to teach history/reinforce a theme: Oak Trees. (Psalm 78:19 “Can God furnish a Table in the Wilderness?”)
The center and focus of the chapel will be the altar and the cross. A stone and concrete altar will sit in nearly the same location of the existing altar. A new oak tree will be planted on the left side of the altar to mirror the one on the right. On the altar will be the inscription of Psalm 78:19, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?”
The lectern will be rebuilt and positioned in the front-center, both for acoustic purposes, and aesthetic, the centrality of the means of grace. Camp Lor-Ray’s theme verse, John 17:17 “Thy Word is truth” will be carved into the lectern.
The pews will be constructed with backs, and will be angled towards the center.
Two triangle canopies or “shade sails” will provide shade to the chapel area. Lighting sconces will provide uplighting to the sails in the night time.
New ELH hymnals will be bought for use in weekend chapel services.