What's New?

The last Main Event of Summer 4

Bob1

It has been a fab camp! So many campers coming to hear about Jesus and also to be encouraged in following Him. We had some great feedback like, 'God loves me even though I do something bad', I know how to explain Jesus to my frien... more

Friendship

KirstyDronfield

Yesterday was the last day of summer 4! (Boo hoo ) If you were around you probably noticed that a lot of the campers and team (including me) were making friendship bracelets Here are some of my favourite verses in the bible abo... more

The Greatest King

Mez

David is Israel’s most famous King. Not only that, God made him an awesome promise: Your royal house and your kingdom will last forever in my sight. Your throne will last forever. (2 Samuel 7v16) God promises David that... more

What do you put first?

Bob1

Today our movie title for the Main Event was 'Wealth and Happiness'. We read about the Rich Ruler from Luke's gospel and saw how he wanted to get into heaven but didn't want to have a relationship with Jesus instead he wanted to h... more

The effort is worth it!

Jengerbread

It takes a lot of hard work to set up our new summer games! Here is Tabea, who's come all the way from Germany to help us it this week, setting up the waterslide for Inside Out.

The Lost Son

Bob1

Wow a great Hollywood themed Main Event. It was great to see so many campers listening to Jesus' story about the lost son. As part of the Main Event, we got to watch the best summer movie of 2017 - 'The Lost Son'. Starring our ver... more

Set free!

Bob1

A great start to the day in morning devotion. We have been looking at Galatians 5:1 each morning. Today was being certain of our freedom. We even got to go over the team memory verse! Tomorrow we have a special visitor - Milo the ... more

A Weakling King, A Giant, A Mighty God

Mez

When Samuel tells Saul he will rescue Israel, this is what Saul says: “But I’m only from … the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe!” (1 S... more

The King of the Universe

Bob1

What kind of King would sit on this throne! A royal sceptre and Orb already for them! This morning in the Main Event, we learnt about God's promised King. A King who would guide his people, be powerful and last forever; a King w... more

Who is King?

Mez

All the elders of Israel met at Ramah … “Look,” they told Samuel, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.” Samuel was displease... more

Get to know an Oscar statuette...

Jonny Bob Greaves

Official Name: The Academy Award of Merit Known as: Oscar Awarded by: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Awarded for: "Excellence in cinematic achievements" Birthday/First Awarded: 16t... more

KirstyDronfield
Did you know?... The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is building the world's premier mov... more

Summer 1 - 10-14s - July 2017

Joelin1

Here it is! The video for our first Hollywood themed summer camp ...

Hungry Hungarians

Jengerbread

All our Hungarian helpers were having breakfast together on the back stairs when I arrived yesterday morning and so I just had to take a photo for you all. We're really pleased to have so much extra help for all the washing up and... more

And the winner is....

Clarey

Come on camp for the rest of the summer & if you happen to be in the winning dorm - then you'll receive your very own mini Oscar statuette.... the edible kind that is...

Reunion time!

Jengerbread

Lizzie from last year's team got married on Saturday, and so lots of the 2015-2016 team have been back at the Oakes over the last week. I've been really excited to have all my team back and spend time with them. It makes me think ... more

KirstyDronfield
Love this! xx

Summer 2!

Bob1

Wow - what a fab camp! In the Main Event we have been looking at Luke's book and his evidence for Jesus! We have had lots of people join us like Vunder Vwoman, Chester Cheese and not forgetting Dale from 'Hollywood News'. Dale ... more

Kings and Celebrities

Mez

You can’t have missed that our summer theme is Hollywood, and of course with Hollywood comes celebrities. The celebrities in the days of Israel were the Kings. Some were loved by the people. Some were the kind of King tha... more

Rainy days

KirstyDronfield

Today is a day off for the gap team as they rest and prepare for our next camp (Hollywood Summer 2) and it's been pouring it down with rain! When it rains I'm always reminded about Isaiah 45:8 "Drip down, O heavens, from above, ... more

We dried our best!

Lea Ryba

Our freshly dried bouncy castle! - Right, we need the bouncy castle for our summer games : ) The little bit of rain didn't stop our wonderful campers on Summer 1.5 from having an absolutely amazing time here at The Oakes. After ... more

The return of The Hev

Clarey

Once all the food has been served on camp - the cooks switch to thoroughly cleaning the kitchen. Our steam cleaner 'The Hev' has made an appearance this week - she really enjoys tackling the fiddley pipework & tiles!

The Main Event

Mez

Everyone has been great at getting involved in the meetings this weekend. Turns out everyone is pretty clued up when it comes to films and celebrities. This morning we looked at a celebrity from Jesus’ day. You can read about ... more

Questions

Elliemay1212

Can someone please help me answer these questions? How do I create a strong relationship with god? Does Jesus forgive everything I've done?

Jengerbread
Hi there! I'm going to answer your second question first because I think it's the most important. Th... more
Mez
Thanks Jen. It is amazing that Jesus has totally forgiven us for everything. In this morning's meeti... more
ciara twinnybob long
Hi El, It was so great to have you on camp this past week :D The gospel is the ABSOLUTE BEST NEWS... more

And the award goes to...?

Jonny Bob Greaves

Our SEVEN summer camps started with Summer 1 on Sunday night. Over the next 6 weeks there will be seven dorm competitions, over 350 pairs of muddy shoes and 23 "Camper of the day" awards! The Oscars are renowned for ... more

Oakes Hollywood food :)

Clarey

In honour of our Hollywood theme the campers this week have been enjoying ice cream cone somores at our bonfire, movie night butter popcorn & then on the finale night BBQ ribs, chocolate fondue & mocktails :) There are still a lim... more

The best (and first) Oakes Hollywood party ever!!!

Ariane

Tonight we had an amazing and slightly crazy Hollywood party with tasty food, funny games, fancy mocktails and a great let's dance session! Definitly my highlight for this first summer camp... we will see if the next camps can top... more

Redeeming the World

Mez

So Boaz took Ruth into his home, and she became his wife…and she gave birth to a son … And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David… Boaz was the father of Obed. Obed was the father... more

Sing the movie

johnny

This week we've been matching charcaters to team members. Who do you think looks like one of the characters from "SING"? As a start we've decided Timo looks a bit like Gunter.

Exploding watermelons

johnny

SO how is hitting a watermelon with a massive hammer like sin? It's seems like fun at the time but afterwards all you're left with is a big mess for someone else to have to clean up. Just one of the messages from this week's M... more

Elliemay1212
I found your talks very useful!!

Hoovers that don't (do) suck!

Jengerbread

The team and I are very excited that we have got some new, more powerful hoovers this week. It's goodbye to Henry (our old hoovers) and welcome to Ivy (our name for the new IVacs).

Three Redeemers

Mez

There is another relative who should act as Ruth’s family redeemer so Boaz speaks to him (NB. redeem means ‘buy back’): Boaz called out to him, “Come over here and sit down, friend …You know Naomi, who came back from M... more

Mixing for the golf course!

Matilda

This week I have been mixing concrete outside the Oakes's main gates. I have enjoyed welcoming people and demonstating my mixing skills. The funny humans have been using the concrete on the golf couse. I don't understand why you n... more

Where is your help?

Mez

Ruth goes to Boaz and asks him to help her and Naomi. She is asking him to act as her family redeemer – a family redeemer was someone from your extended family who was legally responsible for caring for you when you needed help.... more

Surprises in the courtyard

Jengerbread

I've been tidying up the courtyard and its cupboard today and I've found lots of weird and wonderful things like A rubber dingy 12 buckets Window stickers 2 empty beanbags A cup with holes in ....and a toad, which Connor h... more

CUT!!

KirstyDronfield

Today some of the Oakes team have been filming ready for you all arriving on camp in the next couple of weeks! Personally I think Rob has far too much fun playing director! Francis Ford Coppola once said, "Art Depends on Luck... more

Ice cream cone somores & BBQ ribs - appearing this summer!

Clarey

In honour of our American Hollywood theme - two new items will be appearing on our menus for our 7 summer camps - ice cream cone somores & BBQ ribs - don't miss out! There are still a small number of spaces left on summer 1, summe... more

Man vs Tree

Isaac101

A battle has been raging at the oakes over the pass few weeks but today..... man won

Man vs Tree

Isaac101

In todays battle of Man vs Tree man has won

God In Control

Mez

Back in Bethlehem, Naomi’s fields are empty of crops so Ruth goes out to gather up the scraps left behind after other people’s harvests. This is the shortened version of what happened. You can read it all here. 3 So Ruth w... more

Light, Camera, Action! …and let Hollywood begin…

Jhonnar

Today is day 8 of Team Work, where we have being doing so many crazy and funny things for summer, and it is really exciting to see so many people coming to help and support us during this time at The Oakes. Everyone has been do... more

I'm so shiiinyyy...

Ariane

During the past one and a half weeks, I spent a lot of time in the shower. Not only because I needed to take a shower myself but also because I resealed them. A nice but lonely job. Thankfully I could then help digging out mud f... more

Man make fire and burn many many many many many many many many prickly holly leaves.........oh and rhododendron leaves too.

Dynamike

We are now heading into the second week of glorious Wimbledon, come on Andy, (although.....shhhhh I am actually rooting for Federer). However more importantly we are into the second week of what has been a most productive work tea... more

Communication is key

Josephus

"Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life, in union with Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5,16-18 Have you ever made a list of your friends? If yes, ... more

Trauben-Kaesespiese

Anica

We had an all-german kitchen team this weekend for our work team, so ari and I introduced everyone to our german party food "Trauben-Kaesespiese" and Salzbrezeln, otherwise known as grapes and cheese on sticks and salty prezels. ... more

A ha-halarious working day!

Udeuthinkur

Today me and Rob were bulding a bridge across the ha-ha: the ditch that was originally made to keep the animals out of the garden without ruining the view with a fence! We were making mortar out of cement, two types of sand and ... more

Mez
Knock Knock! Who's there? Interrupting Cow Interrupting Co.... Moo!

A ha-halarious working day!

Udeuthinkur

Today me and Rob were bulding a bridge across the ha-ha: the ditch that was originally made to keep the animals out of the garden without ruining the view with a fence! We were making mortar out of cement, two types of sand and ... more

Who will you trust?

Mez

But Naomi said, “My daughters, return to your own homes. Why do you want to go with me? ... My life is much too sad for you to share … The women cried together out loud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law Naomi good-bye... more

Light at the end of the tunnels!

Lea Ryba

CHALLENGE: There is something at the end of the Tunnel! But what is it? It is our deLIGHTful team members Isaac and Joe who are getting ready for summer. During our two weeks of Work Team we are building, painting and decorati... more

Monkey Man

sharpeysharpe

During these past few days on work team we've been making some well needed improvements to the ropes course. This involved climbing high up in trees to replace ropes and give them a new lease of life. This was a job for none other... more

Work Team2017

Joelin1

Here's some photo's of Work Team so far, there may be more to come!

Work team antics: The Mudder Slides

Udeuthinkur

It's day 4 of work team and there is so much being done! Connor and his team have been spending their time down in the mudder making it even muddier and more wonderful! Today they finished off one of the slides and they're now... more

When things seem out of control

Mez

Now we come to the incredibly sad part of the story: Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about te... more

Rebuilding the Climbingwall

Timo

Actually a group of motivated people are renewing the Oakes Climbingwall. And Tom figured out, that the best Way to make me happy, is to give me a few german Spax-Screws... And we thought it will be a good Idea to ask you for yo... more

Cake bigger than my head!

Heids

This past weekend the team did their last ever camp before our summer camps! CRAZY!! I got to be in the kitchen with a past team member Sarah. It's always fun to be in the kitchen cooking, but it particularly fun this weekend as i... more

The start of things…

Mez

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s... more

ARE YOU READY TO GET MUDDY?!

KirstyDronfield

On Saturday I completed the race for life pretty muddy obstacle course for cancer research UK! As you can see by the photo I wasn't too muddy by that point but I can assure you it didn't stay that way!!! Here at the Oakes we ha... more

Mez
Great job on the obstacle course Kirsty. Go for it!
KirstyDronfield
Aww thanks Mez!!!

Lea's Post

Mez

Are you ready? Three, two, one... this weekend we had boys and girls from Greenhill, Cornerstone behind the wheels of our remote controlled cars - one of our fastest activities here at The Oakes. We are happy to report that all... more

You Love Me Song

johnny

In the Main Event (as meetings are now called) I like to try and keep up to date with the worship songs we do. I love a good jump around while I'm praising God. One of the latest additions to my playlist is a song from a great f... more

Will Sayers-Flood
Hi George, we are both good, we are currently on work team for the next two weeks making the house a... more