Succesful Summer Camp
Summer Camp (Dec 27 2016 to Jan 1 2017) is part of the Presbyterian Youth Victoria (PYV) schedule of camps across the state. This Summer Camp saw 130 campers along with a terrific team of leaders gathered at Rawson Village in Gippsland. We were greatly blessed by a sermon series in Exodus from Rev Jared Keath (Frankston Presbyterian Church) The focus of his sermons was on how God was active in rescuing his people from Egypt then and is active in rescuing people today. Jared also showed us how Exodus foreshadowed Jesus.
The campers were divided into smaller groups to reflect on what they had heard in the sermons. There were good discussions taking place in these small groups, and I am thankful for the chance to have been a part of those discussions. If you have some from your church who were at the camp, please talk with them about what they heard and discussed in these groups. I hope they will be able to share with you some of the good things they talked about.
Campers were also divided up into smaller activity groups. Where the study groups were age-based, the activity groups were divided evenly so all groups had younger and older, shorter and taller campers involved. Through the camp there were a number of activities everybody was involved in. Each of these activities scored points for their team and when there is chocolate for a prize, you don’t want to waste the chance to win.
Campers and leaders also had time each day to sit quietly and read through a passage of scripture and reflect on it. Some questions were offered to everyone to consider as they read through that passage. It is our undying hope that teenagers will use this model when they get home and be able to read through the Bible consistently and give thought to what they are reading.
Despite inclement weather, the team lead by Kirsten Bryant (convener of the Summer Camp) ably adapted their plans. The leadership and planning of Kirsten and her executive team paid off. We had prayed specifically for safety during the camp and God answered that prayer. We also prayed that God would move hearts, and we believe that God has answered that prayer. One girl has come to faith in Jesus. Please pray for her as she returns to a family that don’t share her faith. May God support her in remarkable ways.
Rev Toby McIntosh, supported by Nathan Barbieri, were also at the camp leading the YouthMETRO training. This intensive week included an introduction to theology and evangelism training. It was wonderful to see these trainees out amongst the other campers sharing their faith. Not only is this a safe place for them to practice, it is also a time that God moves hearts. It was through the clear language of these trainees that the girl mentioned above came to faith.
Thank you for your constant interest in and support for PYV. As always, please keep an eye on our website or our Facebook page to keep up to date with what is happening through PYV.
Rev Brian Harvey is the Youth Ministries Director for Presbyterian Youth Victoria.