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Don't give up on God


This week I am the speaker for our St Wilfrids camp. I'm talking about not giving up on God. Did you know that all through the Bible, and history, people have given up on God: Adam and Eve, the Israelites in the desert, Peter t... more

Jonah and the Vine vs. God and Nineveh


Then the Lord God sent a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah. It gave him more shade for his head... Jonah was very happy he had the leafy plant. But before sunrise the next day, God sent a worm. It chewed the plant so muc... more

Jonah’s Heart Problem


So we’ve seen that Jonah disobeyed God but God still listened to his prayer for help in the fish. The sailors wanted to save Jonah but they couldn’t. That was something only God could do, and did do. So Jonah turns up ... more



FUN FACT: The Oakes has 26 toilets in total! a new gap team means a new group of people who need to learn one of the most important jobs here; how to clean a toilet! I was the lucky one with the task of teaching them. over th... more

God knows you!


It's been a fab camp with St Bernard's! We have been getting stuck into Psalm 139 and learning about how much God has searched us, knows us, and loves us. Billie the skeleton (the one on the left) helped us look at how we are fear... more

Fun in the Kitchen!

Charlotte Cosgrove

This camp i have had plently of fun in the kithcen cooking lots of yummy food for all the campers including flapjack and cookies!



Yesterday i moved twenty tons of rubble.(That is roughly 200 barrows) This is so i don't sink when i drive through the gate you can see in the pictures.

Nineveh Repents


“If you repent, you show or say that you are sorry for something wrong you have done.” (Collins Dictionary website: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/repent, 12/10/17) …Jonah obeyed the ... more

Jonah In The Fish


From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said, “When I was in trouble, I called out to the Lord. And he answered me. When I was deep in the place of the dead, I called out for help. And yo... more

Camp start and the team keep on training


say helloooooowww everyone, We start camps already, and tomorrow is the second one, the team is very enthusiastic, and we also are having a lot of fun during camp, sharing the gospel and serving God with all our heart. The tea... more

Jonah and the Fish


But Jonah ran away from the Lord. He headed for Tarshish.... . But the Lord sent a strong wind over the Mediterranean Sea. A wild storm came up. It was so wild that the ship was in danger of breaking apart… Here is what the... more

Finding Nemo


A film about a father's love for his son and how far he goes to find him. On camp this week we looked at Finding Nemo and the "lost" parables in Luke (lost coin, lost sheep, lost son, Luke 15) and saw how far God goes to get us ba... more

First camp for a new gap team!

Charlotte Cosgrove

The first camp of the year for a new gap team, taking all the training we have learnt we are now prepared for camps! We have had plenty of laughs and fun so far from outdoor games to doing different activites such as rafting! All ... more

Going bananas in the kitchen this week!


Hello Bloggers, This past week in the kitchen we have lots of ripe bananas and after lots of scratching our heads for ideas about what to do with them we came up with the idea of making some banana bread for the team! Lets ju... more

Jonah Runs Away


A message from the Lord came to Jonah, the son of Amittai. The Lord said, 2“Go to the great city of Nineveh. Preach against it. The sins of its people have come to my attention.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord. He headed f... more

Support Team

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Howdy, As you know, the new team have arrived and are having a BLAST! (Here's a picture of them all) They are super crazy and looking forward to camps. If you are 15 or older and would like to help us run a camp please apply... more

Pointing Ahead


The prophets searched carefully and tried to learn about this salvation. They prophesied about the grace that was coming to you … It was shown them that their service was not for themselves but for you, when they told about... more

Fire Warden Training


Fire Warden Training has been today. The team was really excited I hope you enjoy the photos.... Blessings. Jhonnar

Introducing ...


We have fourteen new team members who would like to say hello! Check out the comments below where they will introduce themselves, tell us where they are from, what they like to do for fun and ... who know's what else!

Hi everyone, my name is Lucy. I'm 18 and lived in Sheffield before moving to the Oakes for this year... more
Charlotte Cosgrove
Hi! My name is Charlotte, I'm 18 years old and I'm from Sheffield! I have been to the Oakes once as... more
Hi! My name is Luke, I'm 22 and I'm from Bognor Regis on the south coast of England! I'm a keen spor... more
Hey guys my name is Tom I'm 18 years of age and from Sheffield. For fun I like all things sporty in ... more
Hi everyone!! My name is Jess and I'm from Sheffield. I spent a lot of time at The Oakes as a camper... more
Hello! I'm Sam and from Sheffield. I love playing instruments and sports! Looking forward to meetin... more
Hi everyone! I'm Beth and I'm 18 years old. I'm from Sunderland but have spent all my life in Albani... more
Hi guys and girls! I'm Naomi and I am 19 and from Doncaster. I am really excited about sharing the g... more
Hey guys, my name is Tirca and I'm from Hungary. I'm 19 and I spent 8days here on work team last sum... more
Hi everyone! I'm Nora and I'm 20. I'm from Hungary, and I just wanted to spend one (gap) year in her... more

The Prophets


Before and after The Exile, God sent prophets to encourage and warn his people. The prophets would speak God’s word into their situation at that time, but as we read them we see that they also contain eternal truths and promises... more

Pond Training...


As a you know, the new team arrived, and they have been in two training weeks. The last three days they have been in life guarding training, and it has been a great experience for them to be in the pond, the new team are settling ... more

Tunnels update....


Hey!!!, I have great news. Today the concrete arrived for the new activity (Tunnels), Tom, ben, Joel, Luke and I have been working today on it, we emptied a full lorry of concrete in the first part of the tunnels, we are very e... more



A parent might warn their child that if they don’t do what they should there will be consequences. God warned his people that they needed him as their God to protect them from the much stronger nations around them. But they didn... more

Team Lounge update


Hellow everyone, As a you know the new team arrived at The Oakes safely, Praise God For That. During last week before go to wales with the new team, Rob, Elizabeth and I, had the brilliant idea to decorate the team lounge, thi... more

God’s True King


In the legend of King Arthur, only the true King would be able to pull the sword from the stone. As we’ve been reading through the Bible on this blog we’ve been looking for God’s true King. Remember the serpent and the fir... more

Josiah – the Great Repenter


Josiah is famous as the God-serving child-King of Judah. He was just 8 when he became King and by the time he was 16 he had come to believe that God should be obeyed. When the high priest finds the long-forgotten Book of the Law i... more

Heavy beams


Recently i have been lifting heavy beams about. This makes me happy. The humans are using them to make underground bunkers or something!

Hezekiah and the sundial


If you wanted to see how special Hezekiah’s relationship with God was, take a look at this: Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This i... more

God to the Rescue Once Again


The King of Assyria is on a campaign of conquest and victory. He has invaded and beaten Samaria (another name for Israel after the split into two nations), and attacked the cities of Judah. Now his army is outside Jerusalem, the c... more



Hezekiah was not a perfect king but his devotion to God was real. He has the temple reopened and repaired so that God’s people can come to God and have their sins forgiven. He starts celebrating the Passover again. This is impor... more

Summer 6 - 8-12s - August 2017


Here it is, our final summer camp, Summer 6! Thanks for watching Song: Markvard - Wannabe (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music provided by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/xrsIqNQ6rLw

It was a great Summer. Sorry that it's over.

Summer 5 - 11-15s - August 2017


Check out the action from our fifth summer camp ... Song: Markvard - Catch Our Moment (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music provided by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/CTMLXL2rxg0

Leavers' Meal


Here are the photos, taken by Luke, from the team leavers' meal last Sunday. Sadly some of our lovely team had already had to leave us to start jobs or courses but it was still a lovely afternoon.

Summer 4 - 8-12s - August 2017


Here's the recap video for Summer 4! Keep your eyes open over the next couple of days for #5 and #6. Song: Markvard - Catch Our Moment (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music provided by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: http... more

Jehoshaphat: a king who trusts in God


When you read about Jehoshaphat in 1 Kings 22 and 2 Chronicles 17-20, it’s clear that he wants to follow God but he also sometimes does what is wrong. When three armies join together to fight against Judah, Jehoshaphat go... more

Summer 3 - 8-12s - August 2017


Here is our video for Summer 3, enjoy! Song: Markvard - Wannabe (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music provided by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/xrsIqNQ6rLw

Kings and Nations


After Solomon there is civil war and Israel is divided into two nations: Israel and Judah. Though there are a handful of Kings in Judah who try and do what’s right (and over the next few blogs we’ll be taking a look at some ... more

Summer 2 - 8-12s - August 2017


Here is all the fun and excitement from our Hollywood themed camp, Summer 2! Song: Markvard - Wannabe (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music provided by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/xrsIqNQ6rLw

How (not) to pack


The gap team are doing lots of packing and cleaning today ready for when they leave (boo). To help them out, I wrote them a list of packing tips a few weeks ago. Maybe you can add your own? •Throw out your old clothes (but ... more

Last summer camp of the year!


Hola! Yesterday was the end of the last summer camp of the year!! (boo hoo!) I did get to dorm lead though which was SO much fun (woo hoo!) Dan was doing the main events where we learned about how Peter left everything he had... more

Solomon: A Half-Hearted King


Even though the Lord…had commanded him not to worship foreign gods, Solomon did not obey the Lord but turned away from him. So the Lord was angry with Solomon and said to him, “Because you have deliberately…dis... more