Participants from last year’s youth camp (pictured) travelled to the Uniting Church Grantville Lodge in July for a weekend of learning, reflection and worship.
Approximately 50 young people attended the camp and were encouraged to consider the question: ‘Who do you say I am?’
Rev Fie Marino from the Intercultural unit said the camps are a valuable opportunity for young people to learn from each other. The NextGen Youth is a culturally diverse group and the camps provide an environment for the participants to embrace the creative contributions of each individual.
“The purpose of our youth camps is to encourage young people within the synod to find their voice and identity,” said Mr Marino.
“The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be a difficult journey. These annual youth camps help participants discover their identity and find their place in the world.
“We want to empower young people to feel like they are part of the Church, to find a sense of belonging.”
The NextGen Youth are the future leaders of the church and the camps encourage participants to harness their talents and make a positive impact on the world.
The 2015 youth camp is being held this month at Merricks Lodge in the Mornington Peninsula.
The youth camps have grown in size every year, this year 80 young people will gather to explore the question: “What does the Lord require?”
The participants will engage with social justice issues and reflect on how they can live out God’s call to reach out to the marginalised.
Mr Marino said social justice is central to the Uniting Church’s mission and lies at the heart of what it means to be a Christian.
“Justice involves going beyond the doors of the church,” Mr Marino said.
Through a series of interactive activities, workshops and talks, the NextGen Youth will explore how they can be responsible and socially-conscious leaders.
The camp promises to be an entertaining and inspiring weekend for all involved.