Hundreds of our young people at Christian summer camps

Young people from our churches have been attending various Christian summer camps, including Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage. Many joined 10,000 others at Soul Survivor. One group took 22 young people, youth workers, adult helpers and clergy from five churches. 

Clubbing together in that group were young people from St Andrew’s Countesthorpe,  St Denys, Evington, St Luke’s Thurnby, St Paul’s, Oadby and St Peter’s Oadby.

It was the first time that St Peter’s, Oadby had taken young people to Soul Survivor, following the employment of a Youth Worker, thanks to our Growth Fund. Revd Liz Wilson, Team Vicar at St Peter’s said: "It was great to take four young people to Soul Survivor from St Peter’s for the first time.  Abi, our Youth Worker, had been planning this trip for months and it was brilliant to see how each of them grew in their faith over the week."

When asked what was the best bit about Soul Survivor, Hannah (12), who was attending for the first time said: "Sleep, my air bed was really comfy!" When pressed, she added: "The worship was good.  I liked being with so many other young people.  At church there is no one my age."

Hillary (12), who also was a Soul Survivor newbie, commented that she enjoyed the worship: "I liked the way we began with worship, led by the band.  Then had a talk about things relevant to us and then had ministry time when we prayed for each other."   

Emily (15), another first timer who celebrated her birthday on the last morning, said that her experience of God was the same, but different.  She reflected how she had seen what God could do.

During the five days of the festival the young people made new friends from across the country, attended seminars, drank a lot of coffee, enjoyed late night worship and a UV party.  They also learned how to pray for each other.  Hannah and her brother Daniel (13) began by practicing on Mike Kelly, the Diocesan Youth Ministry Officer.  By the following evening they were laying on hands and praying for the Holy Spirit to come on their friends and their leaders!

Revd Liz concluded: "We had a wonderful week away.  All the young people pitched in caring for each other and our camp, by doing their share of washing up, fetching water and striking tents.  We had lots of conversations about God, life, and everything. Three young people gave their life to Jesus for the first time and several others recognised God calling them to something in the future. We also had lots of jokes about ‘Everyday Faith’ – including Everyday Glitter!"

Photo of young people at Soul Survivor




First published on: 5th September 2019

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