Our morning service on 30th July had a different feel as we welcomed Girls' Adventure Camp to our church for worship and for lunch afterwards. The Reformed Presbyterian Church organises 5 camps each summer and these are great opportunities for young people to learn more about Jesus Christ while doing fun activities and making lots of new friends.
Girls' Adventure Camp is for girls aged between 13 and 15 and was based in Strabane this year. They were studying the book of Ruth in their talks and they had 38 campers.
In our service we considered this vivid picture which God gave through the prophet Jeremiah. It may have been written thousands of years ago, but it is no less relevant today. We all face pressures to base our happiness and hope on things which will ultimately leave us disappointed, and teenagers can feel this pressure particularly keenly.
God makes it clear in his word that the things that so many people think will make them happy are like broken cisterns - everything we work towards can just disappear and leave us feeling let down. These things are so different from God himself, who is like a refreshing spring: providing joy in himself that will never fade and never leave us disappointed.
After the service we enjoyed a beautiful lunch along with the leaders, cooks, and campers who were visiting with us. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to provide this! The campers rounded off their day in Donegal with a walk on Rathmullan beach.