Success for Youth Camp 2014

by Michael Ford last modified 18 Jul, 2014 05:04 PM

Young people from around Salisbury gathered last weekend (13-14 July 2014) for the second ‘Youth Camp’, an event sponsored by the Aldhelm Mission Fund and endorsed by the Bishop of Salisbury.

Situated in the parish of Barford, the camp is an ecumenical collaboration between and number of benefices, including Bartholomew, Semley, Chalke Valley and the Nadder Team, as well as City Gate Church in Salisbury, part of the Pioneer network.

The project aims to reach young people on their own terms, help them to build a relationship with God, encourage them to be transformed by the Holy Spirit and to enter into a relationship with Christ.

Each individual participant is encouraged to bring a friend to the camp, especially one who may be un-churched, so instantly members become engaged in the kind of mission that is much needed for the renewal and revival of all of our churches.

The 2014 camp exceeded expectations in a number of ways.  The initial vision back in 2011 was to grow a camp for up to 200 young people, serving an area in the Sarum Archdeaconry around Salisbury. In 2014, enquiries came from as far away as Poole.

In addition to all the fun, recreational activities such as midnight swimming and the camp fire, seven hours of formal teaching were delivered. This was met by a powerful response by the participants who were persistent and diligent in their questioning of the Christian faith.

Plans are already afoot for 2015 and the current camp organisers are very keen to hear from churches who would like to partner with this project. Through collaboration it is hoped to produce the kind of camp that no church could stage on its own.

If your church would like to partner with this project, please contact the organisers via nadder.churches@btconnect.com, speak to Bruce Dunton on 01722 744800 or visit the host website, www.stmartinsbarford.org.

 

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