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What did you do this summer?

My daughter, Kendal, and I agreed to visit and take part in Nefyn camps with a view to encourage young people to attend a Christian camp that was Bible-based and also small enough to not overwhelm individual children who may attend from our churches. I saw first-hand, that Nefyn camps fulfil both criteria and much more!

We had a wonderful, full-on time with leaders and children – about sixty-five in total. Although the programme of Camp D was for 10-12 year olds, leaders’ children could attend and help where appropriate and every one of us benefitted from the ministry in so many ways – not just the children!

Each day followed a structure with these approximate timings:

7:15 Leaders’ worship and devotional time, prayer and briefing for the day’s activities

8:15 Children up for breakfast and tent ‘inspections’!

9:00 Children in “Quiet time” groups with tent leaders. Discussions were usually follow ups from the previous evenings’ teachings so that the children could ask questions. Prayer and Bible reading were encouraged as a normal pattern to hopefully be continued when they returned home.

10:00 Morning activities included team games – hockey, football, netball, dodge ball, rounders but also craft and a Tuck Shop break! Lots of points were awarded to praise children.

Before or after lunch there was usually a visit to the beach (a five minute walk) where they played more games, crabbing, scavenger hunts, Hunt the Leader, Volcanoes (I can explain!) and even swimming in the sea! Being a ‘Mediterranean girl’ I declined the latter!

12:45 Lunch – all meals were cooked fresh on site. Kendal enjoyed serving with other teenagers and even washing up! She has lots of funny stories to share.

13:15 Siesta time. This was an hour’s break when the children could access their phones – this worked extremely well. Without phones and other gadgets, all children engaged well in the activities, enjoying time with one another and getting to know the leaders. Then they could catch up with ‘home’ once a day.

There was obviously not complete harmony among the children. Outbursts of squabbling and frayed tempers arose among tired and sometimes stroppy children. Praise the Lord this was only among the children! The teamwork among the workers was amazing – a great testimony to the teens with us.

The afternoons were usually spent off site: swimming or organised trips. We had an Indoor Olympics when we had a rainy afternoon.

After tea, more games – usually fun games with children versus leaders. I tried not to be too competitive!

19:00 Leader’s meeting to discuss the day, share any concerns etc. (Two workers would supervise free play on the field.)

20:00 Evening worship and teaching session. This was a lively time of honouring God through worship, quiz, testimony and teaching. The teaching took an aspect of the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with the Fruit of the Spirit later in the week. During one of the sessions, eight children responded to the Gospel to commit their lives to Jesus, wonderful!

The children were from a range of backgrounds. One child shared with me over lunch that he was fostered. His dad had taken his two younger brothers home but not him. And then he said, so confidently, “But Jesus will never leave me”. I couldn’t swallow my food..

If you would like more information on the Nefyn Camps please contact me or look online.

Annette Dickenson
North West Area’s Youth and Children’s worker