Christian youth on the rise at camp

Getting ready to pack up and head home after an Easter Christian youth camp at the Taieri A&P...
Getting ready to pack up and head home after an Easter Christian youth camp at the Taieri A&P Showgrounds on Easter Monday were Eve Scott (17), Judah Niku (15) and RV Quijano (16), of Palmerston North. PHOTOS: GREGOR RICHARDSON
A big surge in participation and an increase in fun activities resulted in a successful "Fresh 19'' Easter Camp for about 200 young people at the Taieri A&P Showgrounds, organisers said.

Organising team member Brad Kelderman, said the Easter event had been held at Tirohanga Presbyterian Camp in North Taieri for about 80 years, but had switched to the larger showgrounds venue last year.

About 140 young people had attended last year, accompanied by about 40 youth group leaders and adult volunteers.

About 50 youth leaders and volunteers had supported the larger group this year.

Moves to invite people from a wider range of Christian backgrounds, and growing momentum from the bigger event had contributed to the more than 40% rise in attendance, he said.

Young people attended a service at an Easter Christian youth camp at the Taieri A&P Showgrounds...
Young people attended a service at an Easter Christian youth camp at the Taieri A&P Showgrounds yesterday.
The camp event was promoted as "all about youth groups coming together for the most fun you can have in four days, while journeying through the Easter Story''.

"Camp is a place to come to build positive relationships and connect with God in new and exciting ways through a diverse range of speakers, worship, community, sports and games,'' event organisers said.

"It was brilliant, really smooth, really great,'' Mr Kelderman said. The "wider range of groups'', mainly from Otago-Southland, proved positive as young people enjoyed both spending more time with members of their own respective youth groups, while also enjoying other people.

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