NO SENIOR CAMP IN APRIL 2020!
As we begin 2020 our Elisha Team no longer has enough members to run a successful Senior Camp. After much discussion and prayer, the Elisha Team have decided that this year will be a sort of “Year of Jubilee" for our ministry. We will be taking a break for a few months, to pray, discern and seek God’s guidance for the future of Jesus 4 Real. Please know that we don’t make this decision lightly, and we wouldn’t be doing this unless we thought it was the best next step. Depending on the outcome of this process, it is our hope to hold a camp from 30th September - 4th October with a revised programme - and possibly for a broader age range than Years 8-10.
REFRESH! The Elisha Team will use the time to reflect, pray and discern God’s leading, as well as to refresh and revitalise their spiritual journey - both personally and as a Team. REFOCUS! It will be a time for reviewing the Jesus 4 Real Vision and developing a revised camp programme that focuses more closely on our charisms of developing a personal relationship with Jesus, devotion to Jesus and the Holy Spirit, worship, and training young Catholics for leadership. REBUILD! It is a time for us to expand our Leadership Team! If you are aged 18+ we invite you to consider whether you are interested in joining our Leadership Team for 2020, and contributing to the future of the Jesus 4 Real ministry. (You are welcome to contact us even if you have not been to a camp in the past.) - If this opportunity interests you please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. PAST CAMPERS! Jesus 4 Real camps are for you, and we really want to hear your feedback on your camp experiences! We will be posting links shortly to a short survey (one for Leaders, one for campers) which will give you a chance to give us feedback on your camp experiences, and what we can improve on for the future. We will take time to read over every response, and bring that in to our prayer and planning this year. Please keep us in your prayers during this exciting time of new beginnings, and know that we are praying for all of you! Anne and Andy and the Elisha Team.
“ . . . Dear young people, my joyful hope is to see you keep running the race before you, outstripping all those who are slow or fearful. Keep running, "attracted by the face of Christ, whom we love so much, whom we adore in the Holy Eucharist and acknowledge in the flesh of our suffering brothers and sisters. May the Holy Spirit urge you on as you run this race. The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith. We need them! And when you arrive where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us.”Pope FrancisMonday, March 25, 2019
To share baptism in the Holy Spirit with everyone in the Church, to praise the Lord unceasingly; to walk together with Christians of different Churches and Ecclesial Communities in prayer . . . to serve the poor and the sick. This is what the Church and the Pope expect from you, Catholic Charismatic Renewal."Pope FrancisCirco Massimo, Rome, Saturday June 3, 2017
For many years I have watched young people emerge from the Jesus 4 Real camps excited about their faith and eager to be involved. In recent years this has included my own children and so I can now witness to the effectiveness of the camps from the perspective of both youth ministry and as a Catholic parent. They meet so many other kids whose faith really matters to them and, most importantly, they meet Jesus at a very personal level. I can't recommend these camps enough if you're looking to help your children truly own their Catholic faith." Chris Duthie-JungLeader: Family & Young Church Ministries, Wellington Archdiocese
Jesus 4 Real Camps are well worth attending, young people speak very highly of their experience and are given a real love of Jesus through the camps, which in turn enables them to be involved in the life of Christ's Church. Jesus 4 Real camps give young people the chance to hear the invitation of Pope Francis where he says; "I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since "no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord" ... Evangelii Gaudium 3 Cardinal John DewArchdiocese of Wellington