Christ Faith Service

Reflection on North Camp 2013

by Laura Morris

To see photos from North Camp, click here and here.


5:00pm, Campaspe Downs campsite…

Campers and leaders descend upon the gorgeous Kyneton scenery...

North Camp 2013 has begun!


From Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of September, with the inimitable Anna Burns convening, 40+ campers enjoyed 3 days of intense gospel talks and studies, activities, yummy food and building friendships.


The theme for camp was ‘The Future’ – what should I do with my life? What is God’s plan for me? Whom should I marry? – John Huynh shared with us from the Bible, focusing on the will of God for our lives.

Beginning with the Will of God for All Creation, John took us through both Old and New testaments, reminding us of God’s power and the centrality of Christ in his will for the world and how he works it through us – and what our response to Christ should be.

Talk two focused on the Will of God for Us, and how his scriptures give us access to that. John discussed the implications of our response to Christ, how this affects our everyday life decisions.

The third and final talk, Living Wisely, centred on biblical wisdom and good judgement, with a case study on relationships/dating.


After each talk (and a quick bite to eat!) we broke off into study groups to further discuss what had been laid out in each talk. Campers were encouraged to engage deeply with the Bible, and think about what living in God’s will really means.


Activities were done in our study groups (with futuristic names like The Haughty Space Pirates of Mars and The Time Lords of Neptune) and organised by Ben Veal assisted by Brad Ronalds. Campers got to tussle over tug-of-war in the mud, table tennis, kickball, and various other games in a round-robin on the Saturday, with each group also having to think of a product their planet might export, and film a short advertisement, with hilarious results.

On Saturday evening, everyone changed into amazing future-related costumes to enjoy a delicious banquet with fun activities. Later in the evening we enjoyed a game of glow-in-the-dark team chasey, and a camp-fire.

On the last day of camp, campers were able to gain revenge on their leaders by pelting them with waterbombs!


Throughout the camp, we enjoyed delicious food prepared by two amazing ladies from South Yarra Presbyterian – those going on Summer Camp will get to sample their yummy meals too!


Thanks to Anna, John, our chaplains Brad and Ruth, Dean and Sandy (camp Dad + Mum), Drew, Chantelle, Sven, Ben, the tech team + first-aiders, as well as the regular leaders, everyone was able to have an amazingly fun and memorable camp.

Praise be to God for keeping everyone safe!

North Camp 2014:

Triumphant Faith in a Not Right World

Essential Details

  • When: 2pm Saturday 20th to 3pm Mon 22nd September 2014
  • Where: Campaspe Downs, Kyneton (map)
  • Who: 12 to 21 year olds
  • How Much: $115 (Either full payment of $115 or deposit of $75 required when registering. Cheques are to be made out to "Presbyterian Church of Victoria").
  • Registration: Sat 9th Aug - extended to Sun 7th Sep
  • Theme: French


About The Topic - Triumphant Faith in a Not Right World

Life in this not right world can change quickly. People can let us down. The things we rely on and trust in to make our futures can fail us as well. When that happens we feel vulnerable and anxious about the future. When life is difficult where can you turn? If things go from bad to worse and your future dries up, is there any hope?

In the Old Testament you will find a little book called Habakkuk that gives answers to some of life's biggest questions. It's a little book that reads like a personal journal. It actually records a conversation between Habakkuk and God. Habakkuk has big questions for God in difficult times. God answers Habakkuk. We get to listen in and learn about the value of relationship with God in difficult times. We see Habakkuk’s relationship with God grow and change. It changes from troubled faith that doubts God through to triumphant faith that remains joyful when life goes from bad to worse. Right relationship with God brings joy in difficulty and the hope of a certain future. Ultimately, faith that trusts Jesus brings people into right relationship with God. Habakkuk shows us faith that counts, triumphant faith in a not right world.

About The Speaker - Stuart Withers

Stuart was born in Merredin, Western Australia. But really he grew up in northern Tasmania. His parents moved there to manage a farm when he was just one year old. Following his father, Stuart pursued life on the land. He trained at Glenormiston Agricultural College, worked on several properties and later managed Strowan and Wesley Dale in northern Tasmania. Whilst serving as an elder in the Launceston Presbyterian Church Stuart began preaching and teaching the gospel. Encouraged and supported by the congregation, Stuart and his wife Adele (and five children) moved to Melbourne for training at the PTC in 2009. Stuart is currently serving as the minister in the Rochester congregation in northern Victoria. He plays basketball with the young men in the Rochy congregation and cricket in the summer.

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; French theme related costume.

Have Questions?

Contact North Camp Convenor Jacki Dunning at or call or text the PYV office on 0434 198 156.

Or, check out PYV's North Camp event page on Facebook.