Seventh-day Adventists Gather in Stewardship
Organising any event is a time-consuming prospect. But, when you’re planning seven days and nights of events for a group of over 1,000 eager participants, the challenge increases by leaps and bounds.
A team of six organised the 2014 Camp Meeting for the North England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (NEC), which ran from 30th June through 6th July at Pontins – Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park in North Wales. The group is committed to “living all of the principles contained within the Bible,” and empowering their members to “share the message of Jesus Christ.”
Rachel Graham-Tohue, Secretary to the NEC Treasurer, explains that each member of the group was assigned different duties to “help lighten the workload,” but notes that such a set-up “can be burdensome when people do not communicate or leave things to the last minute so that others have to sort things out.”
The event featured “a well-balanced programme” that included many leisure activities to “enhance relationships, exercise the body, and encourage vigorous breathing of the fresh, Welsh air.” Participants enjoyed a cricket match between pastors and laity, and a football match where church members challenged church pastors and workers.
Attendees also had access to basketball courts, bike hire, children’s playgrounds, beach walks and a four and a half hour outing to the seaside town of Llandudno, which was so popular that additional coaches had to be hired for the trip. Organisers even arranged a health expo so campers could receive free screenings for things like weight, blood pressure and lung strength, and complimentary neck and shoulder massages.
This year’s meeting was themed “Transformed Agents” and Graham-Tohue notes that booking the accommodation and speakers was the easiest part of planning. All their lecturers are well-known to the Seventh-day Adventist community, and included Dr. Erika F. Puni, Director of Stewardship at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Kameron DeVasher, of Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in Florida and Dr. Saustin Sampson Mfune, General Conference Associate Director for Children’s Ministries.
Graham-Tohue says they used posters, letters and their website to promote the event, with letters proving to be the most effective means of publicity. It proved to be another memorable yearly meeting praised by attendees. On the NEC Facebook page, member Felix Wabulakha posted his thanks by saying, “I appreciate the tireless work of ministry you are doing, especially in the camp meeting of this year. You really transform people.”
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