Church summer camp in Emsworth hailed a success

CHRISTIAN SPIRIT The youth from the community enjoyed the activities organised by the church
CHRISTIAN SPIRIT The youth from the community enjoyed the activities organised by the church

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The summer camp run by the New Life Christian Church and volunteers in Emsworth has been a resounding success this year.

More than 150 youngsters attended the five-day camping experience, which was the 11th camp run by the church.

New Life Christian Church carries out work for youngsters throughout the year and does this by running programmes in arts and music, leadership and service, life skills, sports and Christian education.

The summer camp is a way of celebrating the achievements of young people during the year at school and at the Friday youth club hosted by the church.

Activities included visiting an aqua park in the New Forest, film making, live music and team-building exercises.

Edward Collison, a youth worker who worked as a youth leader at the camp this year, said: ‘Over the past 40 years it has been our privilege to serve thousands of youth and children in our local community.

‘It has been used each day as a platform for many of our youth to live out and build successful, inspiring lives.’

The camp is split up into small groups, all of which have a youth leader, and competitions are held between the groups with prizes on offer. Due to the Hawaiian theme this year, the groups were called tribes.

On one of the nights, everyone had to retreat to one of the church’s buildings to get away from the heavy rain for a better night’s sleep, which the young members of the group attending their first camp found exciting.

Edward added: ‘The community spirit is overwhelming and everyone giving up their spare time to help the youth in the community and the church holding these events is so selfless.’

Alongside his other work, Edward sings with the worship band and together they perform live shows for the participants at the camp.

The church also makes the most of its facilities by helping the local community and holds events to raise money for local schools, the army base and more.

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