Winter is not the most alluring time of year to head away to camp, but with the appeal of a weekend full of friends, fun, time with God and the promise of indoor bathrooms this year, just over 100 rangatahi and their awesome leaders headed to CYC (Christian Youth Camps) in Ngāruawāhia for Northern Youth Councils. CYC is a new venue for Northern Youth Councils and is located in the Midland Division. We received a beautiful welcome from Midland Division Māori Ministry Director Envoy Anihera Carroll along with a group of Salvation Army young people from Hamilton.
A beautiful campsite provided ample opportunity for fun: a muddy field where a soccer game became all about sliding in the mud; a riveting game of mini-golf in the rain; an intense competition on the basketball court; boats on the lake; archery on the hill and swimming for those courageous enough to brave the cold pool. Others learnt a new skill, heading to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or West Coast swing dancing workshops.
Northern Youth Councils 2021 carried the theme Your Story. Throughout the weekend there was the opportunity for young people to learn the importance of their story and how to share it through workshops, such as How to Testimony, Your Pepeha and Spoken Word. It all came together on Saturday night with an evening of sharing together. Some of our Northern rangatahi presented their stories through dance, testimony, music, haka and art. Woven throughout their stories, Divisional Youth Secretary Captain Nathan Holt shared his own story.
On Sunday morning a team of youth from Whangārei and Waitakere led us in beautiful worship and Nathan shared Jesus’ story. We were reminded that Jesus’ story means that we can know God—the greatest story of all time.