2017 Family Conference Report

by Saturday, 09 September 2017 15:49
"We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done." Psalm 78:4

In our fellowship's short history we have seen thousands of our beloved children who grew up in our congregations put on Jesus as Lord at their baptisms. This is thanks to the amazing grace of a mighty God who wants all people to be saved, and moves in incredible ways through His word, His spirit and His people. In most cases our children getting saved is also the result of tireless striving by dedicated, spiritual parents who exemplify Christ and uphold His standards.

We are on the cusp of a tremendous shift in our movement.

For decades, our churches have focused time, energy, and resources on reaching our teens. We hired youth and family ministers. We engaged volunteers devoted to mentoring and studying the Bible with our high school students. We had teen Bible talks and devotionals. We hosted events, lock-ins, proms, youth camps. We sent our kids on trips both to domestic and international destinations, to serve and connect with those in other churches. We prayed with them, for them, over them.

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

In this well-known miracle of Jesus, the story begins with hungry people, continues with a boy who gave what he had, and concludes when God multiplied that gift. This simple formula remains miraculous today.

HOPE for Kids Performing Arts Camp is excited to announce their 4th year!

'Rise Above' is a week-long conference and camp combined to pave the way for days of fun, bonding, and spiritual development for Caribbean youth ranging from nine to 25 years old. It will take place from July 30 to Aug 4, 2017, at the Hampton High School in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.

A message from Phil Arsenault about the 2017 North American Family Conference entitled, "All Generations." Check it out!

We are looking for just the right people to cook and manage our kitchen at Camp Hope for Kids – a fun and fulfilling way to spend your summer! The job includes supervising and coordinating all food services while making sure everyone at camp eats healthy, tasty and cost effective meals.

At the recent New England Teen Winter Retreat, the young women and disciples attending this event decided to conduct a “March for Jesus!” In Freedom, New Hampshire at Camp Cody, teenage women came together for the love of Christ.

Winter Youth Camp in Canada

by Monday, 27 February 2017 16:09

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.

Registration for the 2017 Family Conference, entitled "All Generations" is well under way. This conference aims to inspire and equip people from all over to pass on the faith from generation to generation. As God builds his multi-generational Church, Christians will continue to fulfill God's call to seek and save the lost of all nations.

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