Seeking God - At Camp!

Wow.. we've just had our first Bright Lights camp! It was so much fun (although the main purpose of the camp was not to have fun but instead to seek God and spend time with Him) and the fellowship was so encouraging! The highlight for many of us was the personal time we spent away from other people, searching our hearts, and hearing from God. It was a very special way to begin the year :)

The venue: A huge, amazing, three-storey chalet with a large deck, wicker chairs, swings and umbrella tables at the SAF Seaview Resort. It was just right for the people we had.


It was great getting to know new friends better as well as spending time with old friends! Each room took turns to have clean-up duty after meals, and we also had to tidy our rooms each morning.


After the 'serious' events of the day (such as small group, discussion, and quiet time), some of the leaders organized games for the evening. Here we are playing telephone charades, which was hilarious :)


Abi, with all our snacks! (a very useful thing to have, as I've found out, when watching a movie!) Abi was one of our amazing photographers :)


Here's Joanna pointing to her mailbox! Everybody at camp got a little envelope, which was stuck on the wall, and we would write notes to each other throughout the camp and put it in their 'mailbox'. :) Often there would be clusters of girls around the envelopes, and they'd be sitting around the table writing notes :)


This is one of the little huts they had out on the deck. It was so nice to sit there and have quiet time, or chat with someone.


Each day, we had an activity where the three small groups had to come up with a skit, video it, and present it to the rest of the group. For example, we had to do a video on "seeking" and the video had to reinforce what we had learnt. We laughed so much watching each teams' videos!


During the sessions, Jolynn would share a short lesson with us before we went off on our own to a quiet place where we would search our hearts, and listen to God. Then we would get back into our groups and have discussion. Small group time had us learning about different Bible characters (specifically Ruth and Solomon) as we completed a worksheet, as well as craft and prayer.



The Sparklers!


...the Candles (they were the best at jump shots!), and...

...the whole group! (no group picture of the Torches sadly, but we're in other ones further up:))
We're doing a Knights, Maidens and Dragons pose :)

I think everyone really learnt a lot during these few days we were together, whether it's making special effort to wake up early to have quiet time, encouraging someone, or just letting others shower first!
We especially want to thank Jolynn, for all the planning, hard work, and love; the mothers for cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner for us; and the dads for doing all the barbecuing for our last dinner, where the families were invited!

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"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
- Psalm 139:23-24

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