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Summer 3 - 8-12s - August 2018

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Who's missing the Summer? Here are some highlights from our third Summer Camp.

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He may have been God's King but Jesus knew exactly where he was headed and it wasn't going to be all glory. Jesus came to be rejected, to suffer and to die for us . Are we willing to follow this kind of King? Image by Michal Z... more

Eternal Maintenance Unit

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We will we will, Wash up, tidy up, clean for you and mop up! We are the EMU, we will impress. We will make this house the best.

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In an Eureka moment, Peter announces what Mark has been leading us up to: Jesus is God's chosen King! Mark has taken us on a journey along with the disciples, wondering who Jesus is, watching what he does and putting the pieces to... more

Food Hygiene

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The new gap team know all about food hygiene now, after a day of studying, and are ready to cook on camp

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The Pharisees come and ask Jesus for a sign to prove that he is truly sent by God. If they won't accept the signs that Jesus is already doing - that we've seen him do in Mark - then they will never understand who he is. If you wan... more

#campattheoakes

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So tomorrow is the start off a camp and today we made the house look sparkling ready for camp!!

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The people are remembering words from the Old Testament. In Isaiah 35 it is God who makes the deaf hear and the mute speak and he comes to save his people. Mark challenges us on what we believe about Jesus: do we believe that he ... more

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This woman was from outside Israel, and would not have been seen as belonging to God's people, but when Jesus heals her daughter he shows that he has come for everyone who believes in him. . Image by B S K, found at freeimage... more

Bonfire

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So the first official camp bonfire of the oakes has finished the campers loved it and the singing and dancing was great..#funattheoakes.

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Jesus challenges people who think that God loves them because they have kept all the rules. Rule keeping doesn't make us right with God. The starting point is to know how much we need God. Image by Alexandru Armin Rosu,... more

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In a truly terrifying move, Jesus walks on the lake. The lake was a place where people often drowned. It was a place of death yet Jesus has power over the lake and over death. Why do you think this comes right after Jesus feeds th... more

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With just five loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus feeds over 5000 people. He has the power to give what we need for life but he’s pointing us away from food that gives us earthly life towards a longer-lasting life with him. Wha... more

#funattheoakes

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So as it gets to the end of a camp day...and before we put the bouncy castle away what better thing to do then let Emu have a go!! They had lots of fun!

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Different people have very different reactions to Jesus. Remember the disciples question from chapter 4: “Who is this?” Mark wants his readers (that’s us!) to be asking the same questions about Jesus. Image by DaVinciS... more

#funattheoakes

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So today the team had some great fun and were able to go back in the pond this time for some fun on rafts and swings and slides they also learnt some great team building exercises ready for camp on Wednesday!!

Zorbing

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So yesterday the team had even more training but it was quite fun, and they really enjoyed the Zorbs...

Showers

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So Tom and Ben have been quite busy these last couple of weeks improving the showers for when camps start instead of 4 showers their is now 6!!

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In his most amazing miracle so far, Jesus brings this little girl back to life. The miracles are there to show us something about Jesus. What are we learning about what Jesus can do for us?   Image by Bill Davenport, found at f... more

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Like the man with leprosy, this woman’s illness meant that she wasn’t allowed into the temple to worship God, but Jesus makes her well again. Why do you think Mark shows us a second time that Jesus can bring people back into r... more

In The Pond!

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The team have had their last day of lifeguard training today and it’s good to know that they all passed! The pond though was not as warm as you would have thought it was actually quite cold!! But they kept on going and completed... more

Abersoch

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The new gap team have just had a wonderful week in Abersoch getting to know each with lots of fun on the beach, fish and chips and games!

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The man ends up staying and telling people about what Jesus did for him. Not long ago, we saw that God’s Kingdom grows when we share his word. Now we see it happening. God works through us when we share the message of what he ha... more

Bonfire on the beach

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Enjoying a beach bonfire with the new Gap Team!

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The people are so afraid they want Jesus to leave but the man wants to go with him. Two very different reactions. How do you react when you hear about what Jesus has done for you? Image by Andrew Peat, found at freeimages.co... more

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This man lives in a graveyard possessed by demons, but Jesus is about to heal him in a spectacular way. It’s a picture of Jesus taking someone from death to life. How does this point us forward to his death and resurrection? ... more

#closedbutstillworking

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Still working away at The Oakes, restoring the front steps and refurbishing the showers.

September

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We're experiencing some lovely early autumn weather at The Oakes but most of the staff are in Abersoch with the new team for a week of team bonding. Pray that they're all having a great week getting to know each other

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The disciples have just realised that this man in the boat with them really does have the power of God. When they ask ‘Who is this?’ Mark wants us to ask the same question. Who has the power to control the weather with a word?... more

When we're closed

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There may be dust from the showers all through the house and a forklift parked right up to the front steps, but behind the scenes we're also getting ready for some new arrivals. Each folder represents a new team member.

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God’s Kingdom grows through small things. We share the word and God makes it grow. One day we will look back and see amazing things have happened.   Image by John evans, found at freeimages.com  

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God’s Kingdom grows when his word is shared. The wonderful thing is that though we are the ones who share it, God does all the work in making it grow. So go and share the message, and trust God to make it grow where he wants it ... more

When We're Closed

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The showers might look a state right now but they are going to be sparkling for our next camp, plus they'll be an extra shower in there .... So more folks can wash the mud off in less time.

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God's law had been made a burden on people, but Jesus shows us what's at the heart of it. In the end, Jesus would fulfill the law for us by living a perfect life and then dying in our place. Do we live like we've been saved by Jes... more

After the Summer

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Things have been quiet since the end of Summer Camps but that doesn't mean nothing has been happening. Last week Tom and Ben put their skill and knowledge of listed buildings to work revarnishing the floors.

Summer 2 - 8-12s - August 2018

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What an amazing summer! Take a look at this highlight video for Summer 2 and see for yourself all the fun we had!