9th to 12th June marks the most awesome church camp I’ve ever attended in my 4 years in Hope Church. Sad to say, I don’t have any pictures to show this time round as my wife managed to convince me to go without a camera thinking that we could rely on the ever ready Tigerming (he has a great personal writeup here).
Anyway, being relieved of photo-taking duties, for once, allowed me to focus on more important things like taking care of my care group and paying attention to the lessons, sermons, workshops and performances. The theme this year – Life in the Kingdom! What is the Kingdom? Is it just our earthly realm? Or does it include God’s heavenly kingdom as well? How should we conduct ourselves as Christians having to live for both our earthly masters and to please God and love His people at the same time? To me, the most important thing though was learning how we can be a positive influence to the community that we live in. If any of my CG members are reading this, Community Day @ Punggol CC is coming up on 26th June!
Other fun personal notes for this camp:
- The first camp in 3 years that I didn’t fall sick! Two years ago, I had severe food poisoning and last year I had a fever. Well, God knows I have so many people to take care of so He protected me!
- I could actually wake up at 6.30am THREE days in a row to do quiet time.
- Attended a workshop for married couples on the languages of love and realized that my primary language is “Acts of Service”, i.e. I feel loved when my wife helps me with chores or takes initiative to do things for me. On the other hand, she scored equal points in all the 5 possible love languages. Either she’s very demanding or she easy-going on everything (here’s hoping the glass is half-full). 😛
- Attended another workshop on how to give counselling. Pretty standard stuff like learning the different stages of counselling from identification of issues to gathering information to suggesting alternatives to resolving the issue. Our group had to roleplay a counselling session with a girl suffering from anorexia and bullimia.
- Young folks love putting up dance and musical presentations whereas adult groups tend to do skits. This year alone, we had 2 hilarious skits on office politics. The three presentations that really blew me away though were a family musical presented by the tertiary group, a pantomime put up by the Filipino group and a dance item put up by the youth group.
- There’s nothing more sinful than eating a Ramli Burger.
Man, I’m really looking forward to next year’s camp!