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45 Weeks Till…

February 8th, 2010 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

I’ve learned that the best time to think about any regular or annual event is straight after the last one, while the successes and lessons are fresh in your mind.

I made awesome notes about next Advent and Christmas at West last December, for example, and now we have our good friend Robyn Mellar-Smith here as a guest blogger to inspire us about next summer holidays – only 45 weeks away!  Thanks, Robyn!

Hi Everyone!  How are you all doing?? We are doing well down here in Lower Hutt and especially enjoying the sunshine at the moment!  (And the fact that Marilyn and John have moved closer :-).)

Over our Christmas hols, we were persuaded by Matti Koopman, a classmate of Thalia’s, to join their family at the New Wine camp at Totara Springs, Matamata.  It took a bit of arm bending because, hey why go to a Christian camp when you are a minister on holiday?? 🙂

It was FABULOUS!!!  They have an all ages policy, so there was a programme for the preschoolers, primary age, intermediate, high school, young adults and adults.  (I know this is not how West do their all-age thing, but hey, it’s a holiday 🙂 .)

The programme runs all morning until lunch, then in the evening after dinner. The afternoons are free for watersliding, soaking in the pool, kayaking, chatting, or attending a workshop if you so desire.

All the meals are provided, and you camp onsite. We were in a cabin which wasn’t the most comfortable thing in the world, but Matti & Jodie were in a motel, which was much nicer. The lodge is the best and newest accommodation. We might try that next time, and yes, we will be going back. We’re planning on making it an annual event. There is one held at El Rancho in Waikanae for those who tend to be more Wellington-ward :-). Tenting is the cheapest option.

Jonny loved his kids programme, and Zach & Eli loved their youth one. The adult programme had lovely worship and very good teaching. The main speaker this camp was David Parker, the pastor of Desert Vineyard in southern California. He spoke on “Leaning into the Spirit” and it was so refreshing and unhyped. Have a listen to him here if you are interested.

Anyway, as I said, we are going back, and are hoping that some of our congregation will be keen. It’s just the sort of spiritual top-up I need at the end of the year!

Would love to see some of you there too if you’re keen?

God bless,

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