2011 – It’s Party Time!

January 2011

Ninety campers explored God’s invitation to the party at the end of time – heaven! God has been working on an everlasting party ever since the creation of the world, and Jesus loves parties and feasts.

A drama told the story of a group of teenagers planning a party, helped by “The Party Man” – the Holy Spirit. The drama reinforced the main teaching, and children responded with:  “You can’t tell a Christian by the way they look”, “We need to be ready for [God’s] party”, and “God is so good he will forgive us for anything”.

The Mission Night was run by Paul and Aileen Munn who organised a series of stations describing Cambodia, its people, its history, and mission work going on there.  Campers made bricks, heard stories, and participated in a rubbish dump scavenging simulation.

The last night we had our own Party-at-the-end-of-the-week – with a cascade of balloons, smashed camper-made piñatas, and made a 100-strong conga line to get icecreams. Our traditional last night ‘up late with God’ time gave campers the opportunity to share testimonies of God’s work in their lives over the week, and to pray and worship together.

There was fantastic signs of growth in godliness and leadership from younger team members, who are being trained and equipped to step up in years to come – Junior Camp has a long bright future under God’s good hand.

We are grateful for our partnerships, formal and informal, with SU and OAC which proclaim Jesus to children and train young people in doing that. We also thank and honour Melissa Cellier (Scripture Union) for her tireless and creative preparation of the camp materials, and her warm presentations delivered in sessions.