On behalf the Northwest family of churches, we are pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 NW Youth Camp is OPEN!
This year’s camp theme is UNASHAMED. The theme for the week of camp, and the lessons taught will be based on our theme scripture:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’”—Romans 1:16-17
In this passage, Paul boldly proclaims that he considers the gospel message of Jesus, and his salvation, to be the most important thing in his life. This is appropriate, because it IS that important! Why don’t we feel that way sometimes? Why don’t we rush out to tell everyone about it? Why do we sometimes feel sheepish or insecure about God and our faith? There are many reasons, but one main reason is that the world doesn’t value God or faith. In many ways, the world tells us a life of faith is stupid, or naïve. The world is misguided, but its criticism of Christianity can feel powerful and intimidating.
We will acknowledge this, then spend time discussing how rational and powerful the gospel is compared to how irrational and fleeting the things of this world are. We want the next generation of kids to feel confident in God and a life of faith. There is nothing more true, and nothing AT ALL to feel ashamed about.
We will encourage the kids to think about their own salvation, and especially to consider what might be holding them back from making Jesus their Lord or sharing their faith with those around them. Please pray that God will move powerfully in the hearts and minds of the GREAT collection of youth in our churches!
Once again, camp will be held at Warm Beach Conference Center in Stanwood, Washington. In addition to solid Bible teaching, the kids will spend a week having a ton of fun and fellowship! There is horseback riding, sports of all kinds, miniature golf, a swimming pool, hiking, canoeing, and of course, getting dominated by the counselors in epic tug of war!
We have been planning and praying for this week ever since the end of camp last year. We hope and pray your will join us!
Daren & Karla Overstreet
Northwest Youth Camp Directors