Exciting news from the North!
Earlier this month the Youth and Family Ministry in Toronto, Canada hosted another round of their annual Winterblast youth camps at Camp Kawartha --about 2 hours east of Toronto. These weekend winter camps are a fun, spiritual boost for preteens and teens alike.
There was so much interest in this year's preteen Winterblast titled, "Just Live It". At final count, there were 88 / just under 100 preteens in attendance! One week later, 68 teens met at the Kawarthas to discuss how they can "Level Up" in their relationships with God and with others. Many counsellors were on hand to serve as cabin leaders, chaperones and discussion group leaders to help make both weekends a success.
The students listened to inspiring lessons, had great worship sessions, and had opportunities to play fun outdoor winter games. They prayed under the stars, got up for early morning bible studies, made craft bracelets, were treated to dance classes and enjoyed each others' antics at lip synch and dance off competitions. The students always enjoy the chance to be with friends who have come from different churches; there were kids from several cities including Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal, Mississauga, Oakville, Scarborough, Brampton, Kingston, and Newmarket. Winterblast allows the students to steal away to beautiful winter scenery be inspired by nature and draw closer to God.
It is an important charge and an honour to serve the youth in our churches through events like the Preteen and Teen Winterblast events. Many come away with a renewed outlook and greater resolve to pursue God with their whole heart.
Thank you to all who help to facilitate these kinds of getaways. Together, we can help guide our youth to Christ, one day, one talk, one step at a time.