21 Aug Impact 2019
AUGUST 21, 2019
How is it already the end of August? The summer has been a crazy and busy one in student ministry here at Camp Hill! We had over 20 students attend at least one week of camp (several of them did two or more), we were welcomed into 8 different student homes on Wednesday nights, and saw between 10 and 20 students through our continued weekly gatherings on Sundays and Wednesdays. In the midst of all the camps, hot summer days, and weekly gatherings is our biggest event, Impact- a four day camping event run by Salt ‘n Light Youth Ministry.
Camp Hill UMC Student Ministry brought 38 students and leaders this year! 37 of those are “our own” and we adopted a student from Lewistown for the week. Her church does not have a youth ministry. Thankfully, she made some tight connections with a few of our students at Salt ‘n Light Camp in June, so it made perfect sense to take her along to Impact with us!
Impact is the kind of event that ALWAYS leaves an incredible mark on the lives of our students and leaders. Four days of Impact is essentially equal to an entire year in youth group. This may sound strange, so allow me to explain. In just four days, new friendships are formed. Existing friendships are strengthened. And most importantly, faith deepens. Somehow, in the midst of walking back and forth to main stage twice a day, sweating through the morning sessions, freezing through the evening, numerous games, and cooling down in the Little Juniata river, God “shows up” in ways we never imagined possible. Salt ‘n Light has quite the knack for finding speakers who can speak and share God’s Word relatably! The messages shared from main stage and from the seminars were extremely challenging and yet encouraging. One of our seventh graders made the decision to reaffirm her baptism during the Saturday afternoon baptism service- we were honored to share that moment with Rev. John Overman and Rev. Kris Sledge.
The rest of our weekend together was topped off with hours of soul-filling worship, cozy campfires (both in the evening AND in the chilly mornings), and deep conversations under starry skies. If your student is in 6th-12th grade, I hope you’ll send them along with us next year! It’s an experience they won’t soon forget!
OH! And we got the opportunity to meet and talk to the new and upcoming band, Verses- they’re from Australia and just moved to the States about two years ago!
Director of Student Ministries