While it seems like only a few months since we delved into Nehemiah at FIT 2013, we’ve somehow ended up here again already!
September 26-29 we ran our annual youth camp, FIT (Fuel and Ignite Together), at the scenic Youthworks Deer Park Conference Centre. While a few last minute challenges made things a little interesting, the leadership team pulled out all stocks and made things happen. Paul Gaetjens (youth minister at Austinmeer Anglican) and Troy Munns combined to teach the wealth of 2 Corinthians 3-5, more than adequately filling in for me after my short stint in hospital (I’ve been given a clean bill of health by the way).
While there are always so many highlights on camp, a few worth mentioning here were:
1) Fireside. These relaxed evening sessions around the campfire allow time for reflection and shared open prayer. We were all greatly encouraged as we heard testimonies from people who have become Christians and sang together. Damien Ho and Charlotte Wrench were particularly encouraging as they lead these sessions.
2) Small Groups. Each day we broke up into our year gender groups and focused on applying the talks. It was encouraging to see how openly our youth reflected on how they were going at living the Christian life, and how 2 Corinthians was challenging them to persevere and walk by faith.
3) Seminars. Our leaders ran a number of relevant seminars (and they were really good!) in our afternoon XFIT sessions. These 1 hour workshops help equip our youth to think through some key issues in more depth than we would on a Friday night. Seminars included: The Hedgehog Principle – Why we do what we do at SNAC, How to be a Good Welcomer, Asking the Right Questions – How to evangelise without being a condescending jerk, Christian Male Identity and The Gospel and Social Media.
4) Having Fun! Our activities provided so many opportunities to have fun together and enjoy being part of the youth community. Times like this help break down barriers and open up communication. A fiercely competitive game of King Caractacus and Nathan’s effort in the Singing Bee are worthy mentions, but my favourite were the FIT Hour activities. These 1 hour sessions were run by one gender group to serve the other gender group in their year. The groups ran an activity that they thought the other group would really enjoy with the focus on being servant hearted.
Please give thanks for the leadership team, who pulled off an excellent camp.
Pray that the things we learned from 2 Corinthians will be etched on our hearts and that we will be convicted of them by the Holy Spirit.
Pray that we would continue to be in awe of the glory of God in Christ Jesus and persevere in him, and pray that we would share this treasure because we are so in awe of it.