From up the coast, the Riverina, to our blessed friends from Canberra region Presbytery and communities all over Sydney we all got together over the third weekend of May, to learn more about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke.
A highlight of Kids Camp Out 2022 was the intergenerational community that was built. The temporary community formed at KCO is shaped by all ages contributing to the fun. Congregations making intentional relationships to their young people and vice versa.
One of the key goals of KCO is allowing all ages space to join whether in worship, building tents, small group discussions and even being together roasting marsh mellows by the bon fire. There were opportunities; to meeting new people, share meals with each other and other campers, and storytelling from leaders and children.
Knowing while the groups travelled to KCO, congregations back home were praying for the young hearts and many church folk wanting to be part of the KCO story. Offering to cook breakfast, bring homemade goods made with love from older church members, as well as a few volunteered joined us as group leaders. Noting that ministry with young people is a priority for our Church and doesn’t end only at church but becomes part of the wider church story.
For several years, Congregations that gather at KCO have used the junior Leadership program as a strategic opportunity for their young leaders to prepare, engage and reflect as a team. With young leaders participating in the Saturday night leadership stream, it has become a key element of the weekend program. With the concept of leading our campers on Sunday morning plus taking the tools and learnings back to their home congregations.
We’ve had such a great time at Kids Camp Out 2022, all coming together IN PERSON again We hope to see you all next year!
Joyce Tangi is the Children’s/Family Ministry Lead and Field Officer (South) within the PULSE team.