Summer Camp '18-'19 - The Gospel of Luke
- The camp mobile number while on camp is 0467 033 150
- When: Thurs 27th Dec 2018 to Tues 1st Jan 2019
Arrive: 3pm (27th Dec) Depart: 3pm (1st Jan)
- Where: Campaspe Downs, Kyneton
1302 Trentham Road, Kyneton VIC 3444
- Who: End of year 6 - year 12
- How Much: $350 - (Either full payment of $350 or deposit of $160 is required when registering) Camper Financial Assistance is available
- Registration: 25th Oct - 6th Dec 2018
- Theme: Alphabet Camp! Come dressed on NYE as something beginning with any of the letters in 'Summer Camp'
Campers - Register Here
Campers - download PDF registration form here
PLEASE NOTE: Camper registrations are now closed
Evangelism - Toby McIntosh
Back in the day everyone went to church or had Christian lessons at primary school. Everyone knew about Jesus. This is no longer the case. Our current generations under the age of 18 have not heard about Jesus let alone their need for him. How can you share the gospel to teens that know very little? How can we tell people about Jesus when they are so sceptical? Come and learn how...
Singleness - Duan Ziegelaar & Natasha Ziegelaar
Singleness is a hot topic in our society today. People ask questions like: Why am I single? Will I be single forever? What if I become Single? These are some common questions asked by many people. In this workshop you will get a great opportunity to see what the bible says about singleness and how that will change the way you think.
Worship - Brian Harvey
Worship is one of those words that we use in churches every week, and for a good reason. But it's pretty easy to come to the conclusion that what happens in your church is what 'worship' is, and to then conclude that what other churches do isn't really worship. In this workshop we will see what the Bible teaches about worship, we'll learn a bit about how different churches worship when they meet, and we'll be reminded that worship belongs to the whole of life, not just a Sunday morning.
I can't promise that there will be tambourines and dancing or clashing cymbals, but there will be a good discussion about how we can Praise the Lord.
Quality Devotion - Karam Krayyem
Have you ever sat down before God and had no idea what to say and do? Or maybe, you know what you should do, but when it comes to spending time with God, there seems to be more important things. If this is you, then come and find out why you should spend time with God and how to get the most out of it. We will even have a practice run at it together.
About The Speaker - Toby McIntosh
Toby grew up in a loving atheist family, at Uni he became a Christian. After Uni Toby worked as an Agronomist in the Western Wimmera and then got involved in youth ministry in South Australia and Western Victoria. Toby lives with 5 beautiful women and serves as one of the pastors at Warrnambool Presy Church. Toby loves Jesus, coffee and Valiants. Toby is looking forward to investigating Jesus through the Gospel of Luke this Summer Camp.
About The Topic - The Gospel of Luke
Who is Jesus? How do YOU know for certain who Jesus really is? Why does it matter who Jesus is?
Everyone needs their doctor to know for certain how to remain healthy. Dr Luke will help us know for certain why we Jesus. Come to central Victoria this summer to discover why Jesus is central to the Christian Faith.
What To Bring
Bible & pens; drink bottle; appropriate clothing; old clothes and shoes for messy activities; bath towel & toiletries; pillow, sleeping bag / doona & sheet; money for bookstall & merchandise; and costume for NYE as something beginning with any of the letters in 'Summer Camp'!
About your Convenor - Sherif Makar
I have been blessed to know Jesus ever since I was a kid. I moved countries multiple times while growing up, the latest of which was when my family moved to Australia eight years ago. I now work as a pharmacist and enjoy serving God and others through the gift of medications. PYV has been a huge blessing in drawing me closer to God and teaching me more about Him. The camps provided an environment where I was able to make life-long friends, enjoy solid biblical teaching and grow as a follower of Jesus. If you are thinking about coming to camp, I encourage you to! Come and see what Jesus has to say to you and discover His plan for your life through the gospel of Luke.
Contact Summer Camp Convenor Sherif Makar at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0434 198 156, or go to the Facebook page.
Looking back on Summer Camp 16/17
By Nathan Smith (Drouin Presbyterian Church)
Summer Camp 16/17, for me, was one of the best things PYV has put on in my time going to camps. Although I have never had a bad speaker or discouraging leader in my time with PYV, this topped the list.
The numbers were down a little with not so many older campers which for me, changed the camp not having as many friends around. But that didn’t matter in the end; the activities this year gave a great challenge for a large skill range. Whether you could run 2km in 5 minutes, paint a detailed picture of a Shrek and Donkey, or remember the year each Disney cartoon was released, you could participate in the activities in one way, shape or form, and enjoy them. When you weren’t running around like a headless chicken, the leaders were there to play, talk and keep you company. Their effort in studies and activities also were outstanding making for a non-stop, exciting time.
The camp was a whole lot of fun, to say the absolute least, but there’s one thing that made the camp. Each day, campers, leaders and all met in the Sessions room to praise God and listen to His word. The music team, led by Kevin, played some really moving, modern, praise and worship songs that really connected with the age bracket attending and led into some encouraging events. Jared Keath (minister of Frankston Presbyterian Church) presented a talk each and every day from Exodus to just over 150 campers and numerous leaders; a pretty tough gig to be honest. But, man, did he do it well.
Jared mainly looked at the life of Moses, but the way he compared that and made it relevant to us today is astounding. The connections were a great encouragement and challenge at the same time. The main points we learnt/were reminded of were the God is faithful and in control, that He’s King, Judge and Saviour all at the same time, and His overflowing holiness. Along with this, I personally had the greatest encouragement on the fourth day where Jared read of the Israelites leaving God when they were tested. And the way he related that to us was so encouraging; God works through tough situations to 1. see the heart of the person and 2. work for the good of those who love Him. For me, that was extremely relevant and a great encouragement. If you want to hear more about this and the other talks, you can check them out on the PYV Website (https://www.pyv.org.au/multimedia/audio).
I’ve talked for a bit long but to wrap up briefly, camp this time around has been oh so very well done. Encouraging, challenging, relationship-building, great fun, character-building and faith-strengthening (most of which are [hyphenated] words I made up). Before I sign off, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jared for some spectacular talks, Sherif for organising some great studies, to Callum for the entertaining activities, Bec for the fun sessions, the First-Aiders for all your time and effort, Chaplains for support, Radio show hosts and other leaders too. And second lastly, Brian for all the effort and direction you give in these camps. And finally, Kirsten for putting so much into this year’s (and last’s) camp and giving it the best possible opportunity to influence and bring young youth into a relationship with God.
By Brian Harvey (Youth Ministries Director)
For six days from Dec 27 2016 to Jan 1 2017, nearly 130 campers along with a terrific team of leaders gathered at Rawson Village in Gippsland for the 2016 PYV Summer Camp. Over these days we spent time together as a large group, time as smaller groups, and even time alone. And it was all done to the glory of God.
Rev Jared Keath preached six times from the book of Exodus. Through these sermons he helped us to see not only how God was active in the time of Moses in Egypt, but that God is still very much active today in our towns and in our lives. We were able to see through the first 13 chapters of Exodus that God is a God who is holy, who is faithful, who makes himself known, and much more. Jared helpfully led us to see that what we read here points forward to Jesus. How blessed we are to have preachers of this calibre in our churches, helping us to understand the Old Testament in light of all that Jesus has done.
The campers were divided into smaller groups to reflect on what they had heard in the sermons. There were good discussions taking place in these small groups, and I am thankful for the chance to have been a part of those discussions. If you have some from your church who were at the camp, please talk with them about what they heard and discussed in these groups. I hope they will be able to share with you some of the good things they talked about.
Campers were also divided up into smaller activity groups. Where the study groups were age-based, the activity groups were divided evenly so all groups had younger and older, shorter and taller campers involved. Through the camp there were a number of activities everybody was involved in. Each of these activities scored points for their team and when there is chocolate for a prize, you don't want to waste the chance to win.
Campers and leaders also had time each day to sit quietly and read through a passage of scripture and reflect on it. Some questions were offered to everyone to consider as they read through that passage. It is our undying hope that teenagers will use this model when they get home and be able to read through the Bible consistently and give thought to what they are reading.
The weather wasn't always in our favour, and so a few activities needed to be changed. Our leadership team at camp were amazing and were able to put some other plans into place to create a time that was still fun even if we needed to be inside.
PYV acknowledges the amazing work of Kirsten Bryant as convener for the camp, and we also thank the team she put together. It has been a great week, but much of that is because of the work that Kirsten and her executive team put in before camp.
We have prayed for safety, and we believe God has answered that prayer. We prayed that God would move hearts, and we believe that God has answered that prayer. One girl has come to faith in Jesus. Please pray for her as she returns to a family that don't share her faith. May God support her in remarkable ways.
Rev Toby McIntosh, supported by Nathan Barbieri, were also there leading the YouthMETRO training. This intensive week included an introduction to theology and evangelism training. It was wonderful to see these trainees out amongst the other campers sharing their faith. Not only is this a safe place for them to practice, it is also a time that God moves hearts. It was through the clear language of these trainees that the girl mentioned above came to faith.
Thank you for your constant interest and support for PYV. As always, please keep an eye on our website or our Facebook page to keep up to date with what is happening through PYV. There's always something on the go. www.pyv.org.au