A new tradition was begun in the spring of 2001: Dozens of SPC families traveled to beautiful Chincoteague Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to spend the first weekend in June relaxing and having fun together. They stayed in a cluster of motels on Maddox Boulevard, near Assateague National Park and Wildlife Refuge’s unspoiled beaches – home to the famous wild ponies of Chincoteague. Their only agenda for the weekend was to get a little rest and to get to know one another as they spent time on the beach, biked, swam, fished, and went out for ice cream at the Island Creamery.
The whole church was invited to attend. Some families went a little early. Others stayed a little longer. But short or long, for more than a decade, all who went came back saying the time was memorable and the relationships that were made or deepened invaluable.