From 24 to 28 March over 1,800 teenagers from churches all over the lower half of the North Island gathered at Mansfield Park in Feilding for Central Easter Camp 2016. From the Wellington Diocese we had just under 400 teenagers from over 15 different parishes. It was a fantastic time of coming together and meeting up with other people from all over the Diocese, and worshipping and living together as one. Central Easter Camp 2016 was an awesome time of building new relationships with people from other groups within the Diocese and a great opportunity to come together as one community.
The Diocese had our own mini tent city at the end of the grounds. We had great times in the Anglican tent with food every night (hot cross buns, bacon butties and sausages), card games galore, and an open mic night. For the first time at Easter Camp we ran night prayers just before lights out and by the second night had a number of people joining in from outside of the Diocese.
It was also great to have Bishop Justin share at the main session on Sunday morning about the hope that the resurrection of Jesus offers to everyone as well as leading everyone in the main session through communion.
Highlights for the weekend definitely include the Top Town games on Friday, night prayers in the evening, great hang outs during the day and at night around food, delicious hot chocolates in the evening, seeing young leaders doing a great job of hospitality during the day in the Anglican tent, worshipping with 1,800+ other people in the main sessions and of course, seeing the impact that the message of the resurrection of Jesus and the gospel had on so many people.
Many thanks to all the youth leaders and volunteers who came along and helped make this long weekend possible. Special thanks to Wendy Scott and the team at St John’s the Evangelist in Feilding who helped so much with the lending of equipment, bedding and always being available to help out.