SPIN Camp 2021
By Alyssa Griffin, Camp Director
In January of 2021, Blueprint was fortunate and blessed to be able to run its primary school focussed camp SPIN at Camp Kedron in Barmera. We had young people from years 4-6 from all across the state attend.
Our theme for camp was “Cape-able”, where we explored the ideas of being reluctant, gifted, tested and sent as God’s heroes and to use our gifts and talents to glorify God in our everyday lives. Our teaching time included memorising Bible verses with actions and gaining more knowledge about God through Pastor Fin’s messages and small group discussions. One of the key Bible verses from camp was John 15:16 which says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
Although there were times of teaching, learning, and serving, there were also many games and activities throughout camp that had campers grinning from ear to ear. The water games and swimming along with rotation games that allowed campers to gain and use their ‘super powers’ were all big hits.
We have been very blessed to be able to run this camp in light of the current COVID situation. SPIN was an amazing opportunity to teach the young people about how much God loves them and encourage them to share that love with others in their lives. We pray that these young people continue to grow in their faith and engage in their church communities. We can’t wait to run SPIN again in 2022!
RENEW Camp 2021
By Ian Crambrook, Camping & Event Ministries Coordinator, CFYYAM
The Blueprint Ministries team held its annual RENEW Young Adults camp on 5-8th February on the idyllic banks of the River Murray at Walker Flat. In attendance were over 60 young people gathered from all over South Australia to reset and refresh after a challenging year, and in preparation for the year ahead. While the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions limited the number of people we were able to cater for on camp, it was such a blessing to be able to gather as a community when so many people around the world are still without that freedom.
This year our camp focussed on the theme Awaken, where we looked at Christ awakening us from spiritual slumber through His word and sacraments to live as His people. Thank you to Pastor Shaun Manning from Naracoorte for guiding us through our studies during the weekend.
With many of our young people gearing up for tertiary studies due to commence soon, RENEW is a great way to rest in God’s presence and be refreshed for the year ahead. As such, much time was spent in quality fellowship as our young people shared their time and met some new people over a scrumptious meal, a riveting board game, or a relaxing paddle in a kayak.
This year we were blessed to be able to join the Forster Lutheran Church for worship on the Sunday morning of camp and share in fellowship with them. Thank you for welcoming us into your community!
We were once again blessed to be able to offer a 50% discount for 2020 Year 12 school leavers to attend their first Young Adults camp. This is a fantastic way for young people making the transition from school to tertiary studies, work or job-hunting to meet and network with other young Lutherans and gather as God’s people.
Thanks must also go to our fantastic camp directors Renee Hein and Thomas Krahling who answered God’s call to serve their peers in this ministry.