Youth Camp 2018

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Youth Camp 2018

A very successful Youth Camp was held at Houghton's Bush Camp, Muriwai Beach at the end of April. Read about what they got up to.

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:4

Youth Camp 1-smGive thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Thank you, Father for your spirit, grace and travelling mercies that has allowed us to successfully run the 2018 Youth camp. The honor and the glory forever be yours. On Monday 23 April a combination of youths from Pitt St, Mt Eden & Epsom came together to participate in the Auckland City Youth Parish Camp. We assembled at Houghton’s Bush Camp in Muriwai Beach and would stay for a duration of 3 nights and 4 days, returning home Thursday 26 April.

Youth Camp 6-smWith blue skies and warm sun kissed days, it seemed even nature smiled with approval upon our gathering. The theme for our camp was “connectedness” which was weaved and emphasized throughout our programmes. We aimed to provide a safe environment for our children to be able to fellowship together, build friendships and strengthen support networks in their spiritual journeys.

Youth Camp 7-smDuring our 4 short days we enjoyed activities such as creative corners, quiz night, Burma trail and sports that encouraged our children to challenge themselves by doing things they were unfamiliar with or usually hesitant to join. It was an absolute joy to see the creative thinking and natural gifts that overflowed from every participant. From the creative corners, poured out hidden treasures of unfiltered faith and love. Burma trail highlighted leadership skills and uncovered a few boys still fear the dark – they sang their way out lol. Sports really brought meaning to the term “working together” with an obstacle course that stood to mentally block mindsets, however it is in these times of struggles that connectedness really shone through (literally, there were bodies pushed to the max to help each other get over a 20m wall). Each activity only aided our camp to push pass barriers and overcome setbacks whether physically, mentally, spiritually or emotionally. Thus, creating deeper bonds of friendships that led to stronger bonds of trust.

Youth Camp 2-smEvery night was calmed with candlelit prayers in our reflection sessions. Room to breathe and just reflect on the day's events. How God has worked in their lives, empowering questions to guide and invoke further thinking of each individual’s spiritual walk up till now, encouragement to seek God's purpose for their lives. This activity in all its simplicity is powerful in awakening our children to deeper curiosity of their identity in Christ. We were able to provide our youths opportunities to ask questions about God and strengthen their beliefs – letting the children live.

Youth Camp 3-smOverall this camp’s purpose was to serve the Auckland City Central Parish Youths in enabling our future generation to draw closer to GOD. Connecting with God through each other, our talents and utilising our resources to make that happen. It is crucial to our children’s spiritual growth to be able to create a time and space for them to learn, fellowship and know God through camps such as this and more combined activities.

This camp would not have been made possible without you all. Thanks must be given to where it is due. Thank you, Jesus, for your grace and allowing us to organise our Parish Youth Camp. Thank you to the Parish Council for your support and enabling our organising committee to hold this event. Thank you to Rev Lynne, Julie Adamson and the Auckland Synod for all your help to ensure things ran smoothly. Last but not least thank you to the parents, youth leaders and our camp members who participated and contributed to the success of this event. We are all super excited to see you at the Auckland City Youth Parish Camp 2019!