BASSETERRE St. Kitts, August 6th, 2014 -- Sunday 3rd August 2014 marked the official opening of the 16th Biennial Regional Youth Camp and Missions of the Caribbean Atlantic Assembly of the Church of God Reformation Movement. The ceremony which took place at the Basseterre branch of the Church of God in Durant Avenue saw members of the local branches joining with campers, friends and family from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and host country St Kitts and Nevis.
President of the St Kitts National Youth Fellowship and chairperson of the Camp’s Local Organizing Committee, Mr Francil Morris, welcomed all visitors to “sweet, sweet, sweet Sugar City, St. Kitts and promised them a wonderful stay here on the island. He urged campers to not only enjoy the social atmosphere of the camp but to also heed the message in this year’s camp theme “A Compelling Call To Move Forward”.
In addition to declaring the camp open, Chairman of the Church of God General Assembly St Kitts-Ltd and Coordinator of the Caribbean Atlantic Assembly of the Church of God, the Reverend Dr Eustace Rawlings, challenged the campers to be bold in their endeavours for Christ and to be World changers.
This sentiment was borne out by the Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs, the Honourable Marcella Liburd as she addressed the gathering and postulated 3Cs for the campers to add to their camp package: they were urged to be courageous in their spiritual pursuits, confident as they performed each task and to do everything with Christ. She also advanced the recommendation for camp leaders to focus some attention on relationship building particularly as youths from around the region were in attendance.
The key note speaker, the Reverend Lloyd Johnson of 40 Carlos Street Church of God, Trinidad admonished the campers and all present to lay aside all weights and hindrances that would impede their fulfilling the call for forward progression.
The evening also saw some excellent presentations in poetry, song, mime and dance by the talented young people of the Church of God.
The regional youth camp that is being housed at the Beach Allen Primary School and runs from 2 – 16 August 2014 currently registers approximately 100 participants with activities such as daily Bible study and workshops, open air meetings, banquet, cultural night, tours of St Kitts and Nevis, a sports day and a march through down town Basseterre.
The regional camp which saw its first gathering in 1984 is a great way to:
- promote regional integration,
- foster unity and respect for each other’s culture and habits,
- to one’s personal relationship with God to another level
- share the challenges and successes of our young people in the Church of God throughout the region.
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