Summer Camp in the British Province

From the 3rd - 10th August, the Moravian Church in the British Province hosted its annual Summer Camp. The camp is open to all members and friends aged between 10 and 17. The theme for the camp this year was ‘Telling Tales’. We explored different ways that the bible uses to tell stories to convey a message or share God’s love with people in the church and outside of it. We also looked at ways in which we can use stories to reflect on aspects of our lives and how we can grow and share our faith through stories.

Throughout the week, the campers practised with many different styles of storytelling from regular reading and interpretation to drama, games, and music. Our worship times also included the use of Godly play; where a parable is laid out in front of the audience using various props to tell the story as its read. While this is happening, ‘wondering’ questions are posed to the audience so they can explore ideas and thoughts along the way…

Although we call it ‘camp’ our accommodation is a large, repurposed church house that is divided up to include; bedrooms with bunk beds, two large meeting spaces, a cafeteria, games room and, of course, staff room. There is also a garden with a large space to play group games, hangout, picnic and enjoy some much-needed time in the beautiful English countryside.

As well as the regular Christian based activities, we also have a lot of fun! Trips out to places like the local theme park, walks in the countryside, creative sessions, team wide games and our Campfire Lovefeast! We take time to visit a Moravian church, share fellowship and meet the congregation. We have visitors come and share with us, which this year included Sea Shanty Singing and writing reports for the provincial magazine. The week is rounded off with the tremendous Camp Talent Show & Disco. Everyone puts on their party clothes for an evening of showcasing many and varied talents, and dance to a range of music.

There are so many more moments throughout the week that I could write about but this report may go on for many, many pages. Here in the British province, and like so many other provinces; Camp is a key part of the church calendar. It brings together young Christians (and non-Christians) in a safe space, to share and explore with each other; to meet and learn more about each other where long term friendships are made.