Not Gaines related… but I headed off on a Christian sailing camp I’ve led on for many years on the Norfolk Broads, along with about 100 other young people and leaders. Days involved sailing on the rivers and broads along with the 15 other yachts, with evenings involving the infamous ‘Logs and Shanties’, our evening meeting. It included lots of competitions, silly songs (shanties), stories from the day (logs), along with the teaching slot, which this year was on Luke: ‘#followme’ in the mornings and ‘Convinced about Jesus’ in the evenings. It was a great week: good God, good weather, good people.
I headed straight from my camp to Word Alive (yes I know I’m crazy) to be on the Heroes team: three hundred 8 to 11 year olds for the week! We did team challenges, Bible talks on Galatians, gunging, songs, crazy games, quizzes, small group Bible studies, team chants, dramas, memory verses and much more!
We were also able to go to the later evening meeting: it was great to be fed on some really good Bible teaching on the Suffering Servant from Isaiah 41 to 55, as well as learning more about the Reformation.
The day to head down to Carroty Wood: Rock UK’s centre in Kent to pick up some kayaks they have very kindly donated to us. Hopefully they’ll be on the lake soon – watch this space!
Time to set up for MGP Junior camp… Bethany had a fight with the massive net in the Dive! And it’s safe to say the house became very pirate-y: palm trees, treasure maps, treasure chests and parrots!
The Midlands Gospel Partnership run a junior camp for about thirty 8s to 11s at Gaines each year, the theme this year was ‘Treasure Hunters’, so of course Joe was dressed as a pirate captain all weekend! The teaching was done by Birmingham City Mission, and was on Jesus as the greatest treasure. The above photo shows Ben and Joe dropping the egg contraptions from the roof, as part of team challenges one evening! Other parts of the weekend included: making fires as part of bushcraft, pirate clothing, a (really competitive) game of 40/40 in up in the woods, film night, small groups looking at Jesus as the greatest treasure from Matthew, tankard design (mug decorating for the non-pirates out there), testimonies, graffiti, bonfire with hot dogs and marshmallows, archery tag, Bible talks, (lots of) food, dramas, and some questionable pirate accents! So it turns out 8 to 11 year olds are pretty exhausting… but you’ll be glad to know this week has been a bit quieter!
Preparation for our summer camps, and various maintenance projects around the site.
- For the seeds planted on my sailing camp, at Word Alive and on MGP Junior camp to bear fruit for the Gospel
- For good rest and preparation as we have a quieter period this month – to be a strong united team so that we can effectively share the gospel together
- For strength and endurance to do the Gospel work God has given us to do here at Gaines