When we arrive at a campground we ask if they have any church services. Even if they do we ask if they have any worship music with it(often they don't). Then Hubby tells them(manager,front desk,etc) about our trip and the worship music we provide and ask if they could play.
We have had only one place in Massachusetts(Traveler's Woods) were they did not provide a church service and did not want us to do worship music either for whatever reason.
Other places are usually open to it. If there is already a church service then often the management have to talk with the pastor to see if they would like worship to along with their service.
Most places have no services at all. The difficult part is always the same: getting the word out.
Generally, RV Parks don't want us going door to door handing out any fliers or anything. Sometimes we can post an announcement in the office or in the bathrooms. We try to use word of mouth as much as possible but that can be tough.
We figure at the very least campers can hear the worship music through out the campground(via our sound system) even if there aren't a lot of people in attendance. Some filter in too once they hear it.
It's been about a month since Hubby and Sissy have played though. This is due to different variables-we are traveling on a Sunday, we are staying at a boondockers house/property, etc.
Now that we are in Florida it seems the majority of RV parks have Sunday Services in place since there are so many long term residence(Snow Birds).
We encountered 1 campground in Pennsylvania(Tohickon Campground) where they already had a regular pastor that came each week. That ministry is called Church in the Barn.
We enjoyed meeting Pastor Vic and some of the others who attended that Sunday. Vic and his wife came out to visit us at our campsite one evening also.
He brought us apples,donuts and a wonderful sign:
(I have no idea what was going on with my hair that day)
Vic nicknamed our campground ministry:
One the Road Ministries
and put some wonderful scripture on our sign.
If you could take a minute to pray blessings over Church in the Barn and Vic and his family that would be wonderful. If you want to further support Church in the Barn (Quakertown PA) you can find them on facebook and like them.
Pastor Vic asked an interesting question while we were visiting-
'How much of your trip is ministry compared to pleasure?'
He was looking for a percentage but the question nagged at me. Not that he said anything wrong. It just got me to thinking.
Are we as Christians ever 'off the clock'? Do we have a time slot in our week for our pleasures vs what we are called to do in spreading the hope of Jesus Christ?
I realized that there is no difference. The ministry is never ending. In everything we say and do and with everyone we meet on our trip and in life we should be continuing our ministry.
I recalled our pastor,Jim, back home giving a message about this and at the time I nodded my head in agreement but the significance didn't fully hit me till that question was posed to me.
And I recall Pastor Jim saying how no matter where we are, that is our mission field.
That may be at your job, in the grocery store, or traveling around the country. God has put you exactly where he wants you and where he can best use you.
So how much time do we spend doing our ministry? We strive for 100% but it runs parallel to our pleasures and fun. There is no division. The lines are blurred. They are one in the same.
It is soooo easy to get caught up in our everyday life, isn't it? We miss seeing those around us. Everyone is going through something and might need someone to talk to, someone to pray with them, someone to tell them there is hope. We just have to open our eyes and pay attention!
So maybe we won't impact anyone at our worship services but that person we chatted with at Universal might be the reason God sent us on this crazy adventure.
We will still provide worship to those campgrounds that welcome it but we can't get in the mindset that that is the only time of the week that we are 'on the clock' as Christ followers.