by Laura Morris
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!