Christ Faith Service

Reflections on North Camp 2015


From a camper...

PYV North Camp 2015 was amazing! It was my first time at a PYV camp and I was quite nervous, but a couple of hours into it I realised that there was no reason to be nervous at all! Everyone was so welcoming, the activities were fun and inclusive and the talks that Brian gave were great. I had so much fun and met so many people, I couldn’t believe how well it went!
The main topics that Brian talked about during the weekend were grace and holiness. I learnt a lot from them; including just how amazing God’s grace is. I learnt that God’s grace extends into all areas of my life, not just my sin. I learnt that it teaches us to say no to ungodliness, to live self-controlled lives and to do good things. Also, the merchandise was super cool, I got myself a PYV water bottle and a book on holiness which I’m super excited to start reading.

The highlight of my weekend was definitely getting to know everyone and interacting with all the other campers. The other things that made the camp even more awesome was the bright, warm weather and the food! The food was that type of food that you’d go back to for seconds, thirds and even fourths! I felt super blessed and thankful that I went, and I’m grateful that my mum convinced me to go. I still reflect on the things that I learnt during that weekend, and I can definitely say that it’s been really beneficial in my walk with God. All in all I had a wonderful time at this camp as a first-timer, and I am going to come to more PYV camps and getting more involved in the PYV community. I’m thankful for everyone on the camp who made it as enjoyable as it was!

- Rufaro Chikwanha


From a leader...

Over three days, September 19-21, over 60 campers and leaders from Northern Victoria got together to learn about grace and holiness while enjoying a range of activities under a Jungle Theme. It was an encouraging time as there were were many first timers, particularly from the far northern areas, along with regular North Camp goers. The campsite in Corop provided a range of places for fun, exciting activities to be run, and combined with the sunny weather, were a highlight to many on the camp. Campfire challenges, lip sync battles, jungle themed trivia and the occasional Lion King reenactment are just a few good memories from a fantastic weekend. During this time, youth from the north were able to forge new friendships and experience the community of the church among people their own age. The sessions and study groups were spent grappling with what it means to live under grace and pursue holiness in our lives, whether we are a student in highschool, at our church, or at home. It was really exciting to see campers understand just how relevant and life changing the gospel is. After such a great North Camp, one can only be excited for what 2016 will bring!

- Naomi Cutler



About The Topic - Grace & Holiness

Any journey has a beginning, a middle, and an end. While the middle is the longest part of the journey, it can be hard to work out where the journey actually began. Does it begin with the first step? Or does it begin with the first thought? Or does it begin with what is happening around you when you had that first thought?
Grace helps us understand the beginning of our journey of life and faith. Holiness helps us understand how we keep going on that journey.

Over North Camp 2015, I look forward to sharing with you just a bit of how the Bible guides us on this journey.

About The Speaker - Brian Harvey

Brian Harvey serves as the Youth Ministries Director for the Presbyterian Church of Victoria and has recently been reappointed for a further 5 years. For over fifteen years, he has been involved in local church ministry and in denominational youth work. He has enjoyed being a local church youth pastor and a parish minister. Brian loves being married to Anne, has two adult sons, one dog and one cat. He also enjoys reading and riding motorbikes, something he wishes he could do more of. And he has a beard.