Over the past five years, I’ve had the pleasure of being a small group leader at Ignite Conference. I’ve seen many faces and had the chance to share many people’s experiences. A few years ago, I was a small group leader for a group of year 12 guys.
There were about 13 or so and for the first few sessions conversation was slow and shallow but eventually they began to open up and share about their lives and the journey they were going on over Conference.
It was so awesome to hear about how they were encountering Jesus through the different events. They really were coming to know the Church and get into their faith in a new way. The best was seeing them grow closer to each other and supporting one another in their individual journeys. When it was time to head home, my small group decided to take some time affirming one another. They encouraged one another and made connections to maintain after Conference.
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus corrects the disciples after they try to stop a group of young people coming to meet him. He says, “let them come to me. The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those like these”. This scripture really reminds me of the incredible opportunity high schoolers have at Ignite Conference in Small Groups.
They’re welcomed into a safe environment where they can ask questions, raise their doubts, ask for prayer and be affirmed in their faith. Being a small group leader at conference gives is an amazing place to see people change throughout the conference. It’s moments like this that are most rewarding.
“Big claim – but he was confident that God had his back. And as it goes, God’s promise was trustworthy and true. David slew the giant not with a John Cena body slam or sick knife trick, but with a simple stone from his sling..”
The Japanese have created some on point products and cuisine over the years. At no point will I refuse a bubble tea or carpool to sushi train. But something I heard about a few years was reminded in my head again when I was reflecting on this year’s theme of ‘New again’.
God is so much greater than me. I am not just praying to a God that is the same size of me. I am speaking to a father just like Simba does to his father. A Father who is so much bigger and beyond me! That I get to confide in and turn towards. I am embraced and loved as I am, no matter how many times I have lost my way…
As we went from ride to ride we said hi to people that we knew and made heaps of friends with people we didn’t. The environment at Movie World is always fun and exciting and it makes you feel like a little kid, it’s awesome. Even though the rides and attractions were super fun, the best part of the day for me, came after the rides had closed…
Sometimes we can get so wrapped up (mind the pun 😉) in the festivities. I don’t know about you, but I can tend to become distracted by all the preparations and expectations for Christmas that I forget what the focus of the season really is…
Coming home from Conference can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be! Check out some quick tips and solid advice on how to come down the mountain!
25 years ago, a 17 year old girl boarded a plane from Mackay to Brisbane into a whole new world she had no idea existed. I had just spent the last 2 and a half years not living my potential. I had just discovered the saving power and love of Jesus Christ – I had thought that I had done so many bad things that I had gone beyond where God could reach me. Thankfully through a few people who hadn’t given up on me, I came to know that there was nowhere I could run from God’s love.
It’s been two weeks since summer camp, and while we can’t speak for anyone else who was there, it’s been hard coming down the mountain and trying to sustain ‘faith’ at home outside of the oasis of camp. Life seems pretty different to summer's adventures & our Summer Camp MC's Jess and Claire are here with a few tips on how to make it back into the 'real world'.
A new year has started! Woohoo! New Resolutions have been set, and hopefully this will be the year that they aren’t broken. Because – guess what - it's your choice now.
Today marks a pretty important day in Australia - the Boxing Day Test. Whether you’re a Brit or an Aussie, I can guarantee that in homes all across the country people will be emerging from their Christmas Day food coma, nabbing the best seat on the couch and settling in for a long day of watching the cricket. Of course, tea breaks are the best time to throw in a water fight, play some backyard cricket or grab some leftovers from the fridge. It’s a time-worn tradition. But it's also important for another reason.