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by Hollie Cloherty.
East Camp 2015 was held at the freezing but friendly Rawson Village, near Mt Baw Baw. The talks were given by Aaron Boyd, the pastor at Darebin Presbyterian Church.
Aaron shared with us from the book of 1 Peter on the theme of "Grace Empowered Holiness". He emphasised that as Christians, although we are 'aliens' in this world, we are chosen aliens: known, sanctified and loved. If we feel like sometimes we fit in with the world, and sometimes we don't, then that's a good thing. Aaron used a memorable mind map to illustrate the need to have Jesus Christ as the cornerstone and focus of our lives and not merely a part of them, pointing out that keeping anything other than Jesus as our focus will be an insecure and shaky cornerstone.
We also had a variety of fantastic activities at camp. We went from being creative with face masks to running madly in a zombie outbreak (eventually contained, don't worry), to flipping cups in chaotic races and then to working in our teams as surgeons, piecing together imaginatively-sliced pieces of fruit to re-create the original whole. There was also a highly amusing war between elves, giants and wizards. From the mouths of the campers themselves, the best things from camp were the activities, talks and studies, and in that order!
I myself thoroughly enjoyed all those things, but the talks and getting to know the campers was my highlight. We had just over 50 campers and a small but great leadership team wonderfully and graciously led by Nicki Brown. Having not led on a PYV camp for 2 years, I was challenged and encouraged in many ways, especially in my leading and in my walk with my Saviour. And I had a fantastic time!
- When: 2pm Saturday 27th to 3pm Mon 29th June 2015
- Where: Rawson Village, Pinnacle Dr, Rawson (map)
- Who: 12 to 21 year olds
- How Much: $135 (Either full payment of $135 or deposit of $75 required when registering. Cheques are to be made out to "Presbyterian Church of Victoria").
- Registration: Mon 27th April - Mon 8th June
- Theme: Masquerade
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the website, NOT via this form.
About The Speaker - Aaron Boyd
My name's Aaron Boyd. I'm the pastor at Darebin Presbyterian Church, in Thornbury, I'm married to Gabby, we've got a daughter named Ada, and a cat named Gracie.
I'm really excited to speak at East Camp 2015 because 15 years ago at a Christian camp just like East Camp, I became a Christian! I was born into a Christian family, I'd always gone to church, always gone to Sunday School, always gone to youth group, but it wasn't until that camp, that I saw clearly, what it meant to be a Christian - I understood who Jesus was, what his death was all about, and what his resurrection meant, for how I should live my life!
So as I prepare to speak at East Camp, I'm praying that you would have that same experience. I’m praying that as we dive into 1 Peter, that you would be blown away by God’s amazing grace to you, and empowered to live a life, that honours and pleases him.
By the way, I really love meeting new people, chatting about life in general, and especially about Jesus - so when we’re on camp please come say hi, ask me some questions, and have a chat - I’d love to meet you!
About The Topic - Grace Empowered Holiness
At East Camp 2015 we will be exploring the theme of ‘Grace Empowered Holiness’ in the book of 1 Peter. This is a really important topic to be clear on. Why? Let me give you two main reasons.
First, it’s important because some of us think we can be forgiven, saved, accepted by God, simply by doing our best to be good people.
Deep down we think that if we’re nice to people, go to church, read our Bible, sing some songs and say some prayers, God will accept us. So all of us need to be clear that we can’t save ourselves through our own good works – we can only be saved by depending on God’s grace – by putting our trust completely in Jesus’ death on the cross.
Second, this topic is important, because some of us think that even though we need God’s grace to “get us over the line” as Christians, the rest is up to us!
We think that once we become Christians we have to work really hard to live a holy life – to live a life that pleases God! But what we are going to see on East Camp 2015 is that God’s grace doesn’t just “get us over the line” as Christians. God’s grace also motivates and empowers us, to live holy lives. We are going to see that we don’t just need to depend on God’s grace to become Christians, we need to depend on God’s grace to stay Christians, to grow as Christians, and to live Christian lives that please God!
So come along to East Camp 2015 to explore the theme of grace empowered holiness!
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 masquerade related costume.
Contact East Camp Convenor Nicki Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text the PYV office on 0434 198 156.
Or, check out PYV's East Camp event page on Facebook (coming soon).
by Saloni Christian and Sonja Otto
Check out photos from East Camp here.
Download mp3s of the East Camp Talks here:
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!
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.