FEAST OF THE TABERNACLES (SUKKOT) 2020 – OXFORD, NC
The Great Awakening Hebrews to Negroes International in conjunction with the family of Great Awakening Assemblies will be celebrating the Feast of the Tabernacles October 2-October 10. Sukkot 2020 will be hosted by Moreh Elder Asa & Morah Lisa Demessie and the Great Awakening Assembly North Carolina. We celebrate this feast by not doing any servile work on the 1st or 8th day of the feast (no work) and having Holy Convocations in which we come together with worship service and feast for 8 days. The Family of Great Awakening Assemblies will be celebrating the first day of the Feast of the Tabernacles together at Retreat Oak Hill in Oxford, North Carolina October 2-4, 2020.
Registration Fee: $160.00 per person
Registration fee includes a 3 day and 2-night sleeping accommodations, all meals, snacks, and activities.
Your registration includes the following:
- 2 Night 3 Day Stay
- All Meals and Snacks Included
There will be:
Celebrations for the entire family to enjoy:
- Family Feast Days
- Sleep in a Sukkah or Cabin
- Outdoor Celebrations & Worship Sing-alongs
- Biblical Teachings
- Feast Meals
- Bonfires under the stars
- Swimming /Recreational Activities
- Campfires under the stars
- Men & Women Only Cabins
- Biblical Teachings
- Sabbath Gathering
- Feast Meals
Camp Oak Hill is nestled near Oxford, N.C., just an hour north of the Raleigh-Durham area, we are far enough to get away from everything but close enough to be convenient for a short retreat.
Camp Oak Hill
1528 Oak Hill Road
Oxford, NC 27565
All participants of Sukkot 2020 will be staying in cabins. 6 cabins will be designated for adult women and children 11 and younger, 4 cabins will be designated adult men, 1 cabin will be designated for teenage girls and 1 cabin will be designated for teenage boys. The 12 cabins can accommodate 225+ overnight guests at Camp Oak Hill in air-conditioned, traditional sleepaway camp-style cabins. Each cabin includes bunk beds with twin sized mattresses as well as dressers.
The Sukkot 2020 Weekend Event will run from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning.
Friday October 2, 2020
- 12:00-3:00pm Arrival, Check-In, and Fellowship
- 3:00-4:00pm Sukkah Teachings A / Harvest Tables
- 4:00-6:00pm Families Set up Sukkahs in destinated areas
- 6:00-7:00pm Dinner and Fellowship
- 7:00-8:00pm First Day Teaching B / Blessings for Lulav
- 8:00-8:35pm Break
- 8:30-9:30pm Family Games / Dancing
- 9:30pm Bonfires under the stars / Worship Sing-a-longs
Saturday October 3, 2020
- 8:00-9:00am Breakfast
- 9:00-9:45am Fellowship Time
- 10:00-12:00pm Sabbath Gathering
- 12:00-1:00pm Lunch
- 1:00-4:00pm Free time
- 3:00-4:00pm Workshop C & D
- 4:00:5:00pm Workshop E & F
- 6:00-7:00pm Dinner
- 8:00–10:00pm Bonfires under the stars / Night of Worship
Sunday September 20, 2020
- 8:00-9:00am Breakfast
- 9:00-10:00am Corporate Prayer
- 10:00am-12:00pm Lake Immersions
- 12:00pm Departure
During the Retreat, you will be trained by our leaders. They are dynamic, fun presenters who teach biblically and Hebraic-centered and professional-sound concepts. Our Speakers are:
- Ron Dalton Jr.
- Elder Eddie Stallworth
- Dr. Michael Laws
- Elder Jimmy Sauls
- Elder Clarence Jones
- Elder Asa Demessie
- Moreh William Johnson
- Moreh K. Brinton Cook
- Elder Maurice Wilson
Sukkot 2020 COVID-19 Retreat Policy & Procedures
We are so excited to have you all at the Sukkot Event 2020.
We want you to know our biggest goal during this retreat is to keep you and your family safe. While COVID-19 has entered into every part of our lives, we still want the focus of this retreat to be about fellowship, learning and fun!
As the time of the Sukkot 2020 Event progresses most communication will be sent via email. It is also important that all forms are completed, including the new COVID-19 Release Form.
We will be asking all Participants to complete a Pre-Retreat Health Screening Form, in addition to daily healthy screening while at retreat. We are finalizing our infectious disease procedures with medical experts for COVID-19 and will share those with you next week.
Potential Case of COVID-19 Policy
In the wake of the rapidly escalating concern for the Coronavirus and those affected, the health and safety of our Participants is our first priority. Please see below our planned procedures:
- If you are sick, stay home.
- During your stay at the Sukkot 2020- wash your hands often. Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Consider keeping a small hand sanitizer in your pocket, or use the ones that the Great Awakening have placed in general areas of our facilities.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, and cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands. Dispose of tissue immediately and wash hands.
- Avoid shaking hands when possible. Shake and then wash or invite fist/elbow bumps as greetings.
- Avoid touching your face, and keep others accountable when appropriate.
- Avoid touching things that you absolutely don't have to.
- Large gatherings are an opportunity for cold, flu, and other respiratory viruses to spread, so help keep our community safe and healthy.
Health and safety is the Great Awakening number one priority at this time. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions regarding these procedures.
A Healthy Retreat Begins At Home
Participant families will be required to complete the pre-retreat health screening document and bring it with them when they check in to retreat. If there has been any potentially contagious illness or COVID-19 in the household prior to retreat, contact us for instructions. Once at event, Participants will be required to stay with their groups and not interact with other groups at retreat to reduce the chance of spread. Temperatures will be taken twice daily and recorded for all Participants and staff. A nurse and physician will remain on site throughout the retreat week.
Participant or Staff Presents Fever or Other COVID-19 Symptoms
If a Participant has a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more, they will be isolated immediately in our separate COVID-19 medical building and evaluated for symptoms. The Participant will be asked to leave the event as soon as possible but no later than 8 hours following the initial phone call. The local health department will also be contacted. The Great Awakening will provide an N95 mask for the Participant to wear home, should they not have access to an N95 mask. We will request that you arrange to be tested and inform the Great Awakening of the results.
Should a Participant in the group test positive, it is our policy to notify all Participants and their families who are a part of the group and require them to depart from Sukkot 2020. They will be instructed to leave the retreat within 8 hours. This policy is designed to keep retreat safe and healthy and not spread the virus. It also emphasizes the importance of good hygiene practices prior to Sukkot and during the event session.
After Sukkot for All Participants
Following Sukkot, it is highly recommended Participants self-isolate for a two-week period to ensure they have not contracted COVID-19 and to remain distant from anyone in the household who may have increased risk factors.
The above processes are drawn from guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Guidance, authored by Environmental Health & Engineering Inc., the State of North Carolina, our local health department and our team of retreat medical experts.
Please be prepared with face coverings for all family members in the vehicle, as well as Participants. Staff will be wearing face coverings, too.
Each Participant and their family will be assigned a check-in time for Friday. You will receive this time the week prior to the Retreat. It is very important that you arrive at retreat at this time. The gate will be closed to all guests unless it is your time to check-in. When you arrive, staff will guide your vehicle to the designated drop-off area.
During the Sukkot 2020 Event, rooms will be at half-capacity. This will allow for 6-feet between Participants while sleeping. It will be very important that each Participant's items can be stored in under-the-bed containers. Additionally, because all Participants will be here for a weekend, a daily assigned laundry time will be given to each cabin group to wash bedding and other personal items. Sheets will be changed daily. Please make sure you bring a non-mesh laundry bag with you. We will provide laundry detergent but if you have any sensitivity please consider packing your own.
Cleaning & Meals:
Participants will be asked to do daily sweeping, trash-removal and cleaning of their living areas. Each building, room and bathhouse will be cleaned and disinfected by trained staff.
Instead of eating family style in the dining hall, there will be designated outside and inside areas for each Participant group to eat. These will be exclusive to each group to help prevent cross-contamination. Each meal will be served in an individual container for each Participant and retreat staff members will pass out. If a Participant has a dietary need this will be marked on the outside of the container. Participants and staff will eat every meal with their designated groups.
Daily Activities and Groups:
Participants will eat and participate in activities within their small (16 Participants) groups. Under the guidelines put forth by both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) practice is highly recommended. Participant retreat activities will proceed as usual, with activities such as worship gatherings, training sessions, and outdoors sessions. At activities such where equipment is needed, each Participant will be assigned an equipment number. This means they will always use the same equipment during these activities. This is to help with contact tracing and lower the risk of cross-contamination. Equipment will be sanitized between groups. The few all retreat activities, including worship and the dance, will proceed normally but with social distancing between groups and face-coverings will be worn during times of singing.
After Retreat for All Participants
Again, following retreat, it is highly recommended Participants self-isolate for a two-week period to ensure they have not contracted COVID-19 and to remain distant from anyone in the household who may have increased risk factors.
The above processes are drawn from guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Camp Oak Hill and the Great Awakening and our team of medical experts.
Having Fun while observing Yahuah’s Feast Days are an integral part of Sukkot 2020! These activities provide opportunities for a range of interests and abilities.
Archery & Riflery
A favorite of many participants, we offer both archery and riflery at Camp Oak Hill. Giving participants the chance to either learn a new skill or hone and refine one that they’ve already learned.
Volleyball is always a fun way to learn new skills and build teamwork. That’s why we have 4 different volleyball nets at Camp Oak Hill. You can play in the gym, on sand, in grass, or even in the pool.
Marshery tag combines the intensity of tag, the skill of archery and the uniqueness of camp!
Located in our historic gym, many a good basketball game has happened here. Other fun gym games include dodgeball, wall-ball, four-square, knockout, relay races and volleyball!
Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, lacrosse, kickball, Spikeball, football, softball, tennis, and more! If it is a sport, we probably play it at Camp Oak Hill!
Arts & Crafts
You never know what will be created during arts & crafts. Decorate Sukkahs or make Sukkot bracelets are often a favorite, and fun to create!
Freedom of Choice (FOCs)
Each participant has the “freedom of choice” to select from a variety of options offered by the camp grounds on their talents and passions. Past options have included: acting/drama, gardening, bench-making, drumming, water step aerobics, wrestling, a variety of sports and more!
Ahhh, the most relaxing (or most intense) part of Sukkot 2020. No matter how you’re feeling the front lawn is perfect. Whether it is relaxing in a rocking chair enjoying the view and sitting on the dock fishing or leaping into the gaga pit for another round of fun or trying to become king in nine-square-in-the-air!
The quintessential Sukkot 2020 activities, from kayaking to taking a trip down our 100′ “Wet Willie” water slide!
The Wet Willie, is a giant water slide. Fun for little and big kids, whether they are trying it for the first time or trying to beat the record of 4.3 seconds!
One of the newest and most popular activities at Camp Oak Hill! This massive water trampoline can be found in one of our lakes. A favorite pastime is watching participants attempt to make it to the end of the twisty log!
Participants can try out our fleet of boats designed for an array of skill levels. From the traditional kayaks and canoes to the unique Corcls and Wgwags, there’s fun for all!
Our newly-built pool, features “full-court” water basketball, volleyball, and a pair of water slides! A favorite feature is that it’s no more than 4ft deep everywhere, making the pool loads of fun even for smaller participants.
The funnest way to face your fears, our double zipline drops from the top of the climbing tower into one of our lakes. The perfect combination of water, exhilaration, and trying a new experience with your new friends!
A classic summer activity! You never know where you’ll find the slip-n-slide set up around COH, but you can be sure it will be fun wherever it is!
2020 Sukkot Packing List
The following is recommended based on Friday-Sunday stay at Sukkot 2020. Please adjust as needed.
1 blanket (lightweight) OR sleeping bag
Twin size sheet set
1 pillow w/ pillowcase
1 laundry bag (NO plastic bags)
2 bath towels + 1 lake/pool towel
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Soap & Shampoo
Shower Shoes (flip-flops work well)
3 changes of underwear
3 pairs of socks
2 pairs of shorts/gym shorts
2 sets of clothes to get really dirty in
1 poncho or raincoat
1 pair tennis shoes/sneakers
1 pair water shoes/flip-flops
2 swimsuits (one-piece or tankini that covers midsection)
Optional: 1 set of “nice” clothes, such as Polo/khakis, sundress, etc. to wear on closing night
1-2 Washable Face Masks
Optional: Water Bottle
Optional: Fishing equipment, camera