LLL Camping Ministry Grants
by Ian Crambrook
COVID-19 has thrown Christian Life Weeks (CLWs) and other camping ministries into chaos. Below is an update from SA-NT District which reflects how districts have overcome the problem of meeting face to face.
As you would understand, we, unfortunately, had to cancel our NOVO District camp in April, and four of our Christian Life Week camps in July, affecting around 350 people who were likely to have attended across all camps. Faced with these cancellations, our Blueprint Ministries team planned and held an online program in place of the affected camps.
This program was called ‘camp.online’ and was held from 13 – 17 July. While this program was never able to fully capture the whole camp atmosphere, it was well-received by the attendees and ran smoothly. We reached campers from across the affected zones within our district and even had some new attendees who had never even been to a regular camp with us before.
The online program distributed daily online worship services, which had been pre-recorded by the team who would normally have been attending the regular camp programs, as well as daily small group sessions using video conferencing platform Zoom. We also prepared and provided a Faith at Home pack for families of children too young to participate in our program to use for their weekly devotionals, to keep them connected with their camp communities. The theme of our program was “Light up the World”, where our campers were encouraged to shine God’s light into the darkness in the world, especially during the fear and uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis.
Thanks again for the grant funds that the LLL generously sponsored us with, which allowed us to run this program at no charge to participants.
Ian Crambrook is the Camping and Event Coordinator (Children, Family, Youth and Young Adult Ministry) South Australian - Northern Territory District.