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Stoking the Fires - in Camp and at Church

by Michael Ford last modified 01 Sep, 2015 11:20 AM

Chalke Deanery held their Youth Camp at a larger location this year, in Berwick St James. 22 young people aged 10 to 15 attended.

The annual gathering is run by local church leaders of all denominations, who are keen to see young people forming the Christian communities of the future.

Using a principle of ‘bring a friend’, the camp aims to not only strengthen Christians, but lead new young people to faith, using content that connects today’s culture to Christian values and living.

This year’s sessions included, ‘Hearing from God’, ‘Forgiveness’ and the popular ‘Holy Spirit Evening’, which is similar to a part of the Alpha Course by the same name. Time was set aside for reflection at Berwick St James church, giving thought on the links between contemporary faith and church history.

Camp founder Bruce Dunton says, “Camp highlights included the night-navigation exercise in the local woods, learning how to build and light camp-fires without paper or matches, and a Laser Tag combat game inside an inflatable structure, using electronic guns. Finally, parents joined us for an end-of-camp barbeque where they were able to chat to us and hear about what we had been doing.”

Numbers for the camp have remained steady, but the camp now has a larger number of church partners and also plans are afoot to run interim events between camps to gain a greater engagement with young people and to introduce them to contemporary worship services in local churches.

The camp was initially funded by the Aldhelm Mission Fund, allocated by the Diocese.

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