by Saloni Christian and Sonja Otto
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This year at East Camp the theme was Comics and Cartoons and the speaker, Toby McIntosh, focused on the book of Habakkuk, looking at having hope no matter what. Each of the three talks looked at each of the 3 chapters of Habakkuk, looking at Habakkuk’s hopeless situation, and how the Lord had a plan in that, how Habakkuk waited on the Lord and then how Habakkuk found his hope in God and how we can find ours in Christ as well.
We had a fantastic array of hilarious activities this camp - the aim of the activities was to collect as many clues as you could to figure out where Tweety Bird was being kept (he was the prisoner of a dastardly congolomerate of comic and cartoon villains) so you could stop a bomb from detonating and save the world. Save Tweety. Save the world. On the last night there was also a cartoon and comic game show with challenges such as a Taboo style game, guess the theme song, and a spelling bee of theme related words (who knew Jafar was so hard to spell?).
Highlights of the camp would have to be the study groups (where we got to study Habakkuk in more depth with a small group our own age), the costume parade and game show, and the bonfire afterwards on the last night. And saving the world. Of course.
We had a great turn out at this East camp this year and we all had a fantastic time. Hopefully next year we'll have even more people!
- When: 12pm Saturday 28th to 3pm Mon 30th June 2014
- Where: Ferngully Lodge, Healesville (map)
- Who: 12 to 21 year olds
- How Much: $130 (Either full payment of $130 or deposit of $75 required when registering. Cheques are to be made out to "Presbyterian Church of Victoria").
- Registration: Fri 16th May - Fri 6th June
- Theme: Comics & Cartoons
Campers - registration has now closed.
About The Topic - Having Hope (no matter what life throws at you)
Habakkuk was a full on bloke. He lived in a time when most people were ignoring God and doing wicked, selfish stuff. Which is very similar to today. Habakkuk was not happy and talks to the only one who can change the situation and people: God. How Habakkuk talks to God and what God tells him is FULL ON! At East camp we’re going to find out how we can trust God in all situations of life and why God is the only one who can help us. Life often throws all sorts of problems and issues at us. How do we have hope in God when life is so tough? Come and find out how to have hope no matter what!
About The Speaker - Toby McIntosh
Toby grew up in a loving and supportive Atheistic family on a bush block in Macedon. Having heard about Jesus, as a teenager he decided to read a chapter of the Bible a night. When he went to University he became friends with a Christian bloke called Mark. After spending 9 months discussing what was wrong with Christianity, Toby became a Christian. He then went to Western Victoria (Nhill and Kaniva) to work as an Agronomist. It was there Toby started helping teenagers find and follow Jesus. Toby now lives in Warrnambool with his wife Michelle and daughters Hannah, Alice and Meg. Toby works with the local prezzy church telling people about Jesus and how to follow him. Toby also loves to watch the Collingwood Magpies and the Deakin Sharks play footy and fixing up his 1965 Valiant.
What To Bring
Bible & pens; appropriate clothing; old clothes and shoes for messy activities; bath towel & toiletries; pillow, sleeping bag / doona & sheet; money for bookstall, merchandise & tuckshop; epic comics & cartoons related costume.
by Kirsten Bryant
To see photos from East Camp, click here.
It has been about a week since East Camp wrapped up for the year, and it is safe to say that I am still buzzing with excitement about all that happened while we were on camp!
We were blessed to have been able to spend three jam packed days together at the Oasis Christian Campsite in Mt. Evelyn. Some really great relationships were formed, and being only three days, it felt like we had to go home way too soon. But it was such a blessing to be able to spend the time we had together looking at God’s word, challenging and encouraging each other in our relationships with Him and in the way that we see and understand His will for our lives.
Darren Middleton shared with us across the three days, breaking down what God’s sovereign and revealed will mean to us, explaining that even though we do not understand all that is going on in our lives, we can look to the Bible and know exactly what it is that He wants for us – to be sanctified and made right before Him through what Jesus did for us on the cross. The study sessions were a huge highlight of the camp, because it gave us a chance to further grow relationships with different people, and also gave us a chance to share and explore with each other the topic of camp.
Along with that, the theme for camp was FOOD (everybody’s favourite!). From eating some of the grossest foods going around (pickled onions...anchovies...??), to secretly forcing us to egg each other by challenging us to an egg throwing contest, it is safe to say that Matt and Callum did a wonderful job ensuring that food was the main focus for every activity session that we had - especially on the final night where we all came together in the dining hall for a food based quiz night, affectionately titled “Are you smarter than a Camp Convenor?” Sadly, Ash (our Convenor) didn’t win and there were some groups out there who were smarter than her, but overall I think everyone was a winner because it gave us a chance to let our crazy side out, to learn more about the foods that we eat day to day and to find out who in our activity groups knows the weirdest and wackiest facts about food!
PYV East Camp 2014 is not close enough at all for my liking! It was definitely a pleasure to be able to step out of ‘normal life’ for a while as the body of Christ, so if you get the opportunity to come along, make sure you take it because it will challenge and encourage you in amazing ways!
A HUGE thank you to Ash and her executive team for all the hard work that they put in to make the weekend as amazing as it was, to Darren Middleton for all the hard work that he put in so that we could all come away from camp knowing God more, and to all of the leaders for being willing to give up your time to come and share part of your heart for God with the young people that you were able to spend time with.
My prayer in the coming weeks and months is that all of us will be able to remember how God has worked salvation out for us and that we will strive to share His love and grace with those around us who don’t know Him. We have an AMAZINGLY INCREDIBLE God, and THANK YOU just doesn’t seem sufficient enough a phrase to actually explain how thankful we can be for all that He has done for us, not only across this weekend, but also in each of our individual lives.