The Irish RP Senior Camp for young people 16+ ran on an online format the 5th-10th July. 82 young people attended all or parts of it.

Rev. Philip McCollum gave a talk on Monday night on Staying Connected as Christians.

On Wednesday night the boys heard a talk from Rev. Andrew Lytle, and the girls listened to a talk by Nancy Guthrie on ‘Loneliness’.

On Friday night Rev. David Whitla and Rev. Mark Loughridge did a Q&A Session with the young people. In addition to this there were activities like skill games, crafts, a murder mystery, and a camp concert.

Here are some camp highlights from the members of the Glasgow congregation who took part.

Eilidh Campbell (Glasgow RP) – “Singing together is always a highlight at camp for me. Since circumstances with COVID-19 made singing Psalms together in Armagh Royal a distant memory we were asked to record ourselves singing Psalm 16, which was the theme Psalm for the week. The recordings were put together to make one, and it was a lovely reminder that though we were not together in person we can still come together in fellowship and worship with the beautiful words of comfort the Lord has given us in the Psalms.

Another really cool part of camp this year was that we were able to connect with fellow Christians from around the world… I really enjoyed the talk we were able to have with Nancy Guthrie. In it she covered the topic of loneliness which I know has affected many people during this time of lockdown, and so it was a very applicable reminder to us that as Christians we are never alone, Christ is forever our refuge and friend (Philippians 4:13).

Gathering round a screen really isn’t the same as being together in person but the leaders put in such an effort to make Senior Camp 2020 a success and did an amazing job at pulling it off, a big well done and thank you to them all!!”

Heather MacLeod (Glasgow RP) – “I really enjoyed Nancy’s Q&A session! She has a real passion for theology and seeks to promote this in others too! It’s great that she promotes a passion for theology since this is sometimes neglected in women’s teaching. She answered each question directly and explained to all present that we are not in control of other’s spirituality but should urge ourselves on to be more focused on God and studying His Word.”

Grant MacLennan (Glasgow RP) – “I enjoyed the Q&A session especially because the speakers gave useful information to young Christians. I also really enjoyed the quiz because you got separated into smaller groups and got to know people better. I enjoyed getting to know the people more, especially after the events were finished and we could stay online to talk to each other.”

Sarah Turnbull (Glasgow RP) – “The biggest highlight in the Senior Camp 2020 week for me was the live talk by Nancy Guthrie with the girls. Nancy is a knowledgeable and genuine woman and also the author of many books. The focus in her talk was on experiencing God in our loneliness. What stood out to me was how Nancy spoke of God’s love for His people in dwelling with us. God dwelt in the midst of the camp of the Israelites and guided them in the wilderness. God dwelt among His people when He came down in the flesh, and finally God sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. Leviticus 26:12: “And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.”

We are thankful to God for a week of blessing poured out on our young people and for the promises of Psalm 16 which were sung together during the week. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭16:11″

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