Church Camp

2019

CHURCH CAMP

Come join us as we enjoy a weekend away together in the beautiful township of Marysville. From 7pm, Friday 17th May to after lunch on Sunday 19th May, we’ll be spending time having fun together and learning more about knowing and following Jesus.

We’ll be staying in cabins at Camp Marysville, located at 959 Buxton-Marysville Rd, Marysville. Surrounded by stunning landscape just out of town, Camp Marysville offers a great flat space to enjoy games together, scenic walks and an area to hold our traditional campfire evening.

To keep costs down we will be self-catering – the cost of which has been already included in the prices below. Please note that we are able to offer discounts to families who might find the cost a stretch – simply speak to Craig about this. We would love everyone to feel able to join in!

BOOKING

Complete forms at right and pay a 50% deposit into our account as per the details below by March 31st. If a payment plan would be more helpful for you in the lead-up to the camp please advise Robyn Lee at robyn@plentylife.org.au

Note: full payment is to be received before camp (May 17th).

To pay: please deposit into our account using details below.

Name: The Anglican Parish of St Matthias, Mernda

BSB: 633000

Account no. 142491679

Ref: “Surname” and “Camp” (eg: Jones-Camp)

Costs:

Per Adult $120.00

Per Child 3 – 12 yrs $60.00

Per child 0 – 2 yrs $40.00

If you can’t make the full duration of the camp please let Craig know (0430505593) as day rates might be possible.

As with previous years, there will be a number of activities in which you can participate including a walk to the spectacular Steavenson Falls. This is a great opportunity to get to know your Plentylife friends better and share in food, drinks, games, teaching, and lots of laughs.

We’ll send campers a more detailed program soon but there will be input sessions on the Saturday morning that focus on discipleship, and then plenty of time for recreation on Friday night and Saturday afternoon over games and conversation.

We’ll then conclude our time together on Sunday morning with a special communion service, with prayer, praise and worship.

We do hope you’ll be able to join us for this wonderful time away together and look forward to hearing from you soon!

Church Camp 2019

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What We Believe

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God and inerrant in the original writings. We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that the lost and sinful man must be saved, and that man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe in and practice the holy ordinance of water baptism, which signifies the believer’s death, burial, and resurrection into new life with Christ Jesus, and the regular celebration of Holy Communion as commanded by our Lord.

We believe in the present ministry and baptism of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; those that are saved into the resurrection of life and those that are unsaved into the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Our History

In recognition of the tremendous growth forecast for the Plenty Valley, Bishop Stephen Hale set up a Taskforce in 2007 to investigate the possibility of establishing a new Anglican community in the area. With representation from local churches and Ivanhoe Grammar School, this Taskforce developed a plan that included the need for a point person to further the work. In response to this, two years ago St John’s Diamond Creek took a great step of faith by employing a staff member to not only serve its own congregation but to focus on establishing a new parish for Mernda. Craig spent his first year getting to know the area, building relationships and discerning what God was already up to in His mission of reaching residents and retailers with His love. Throughout the following year a core team began to form around a vision that arose again and again through prayer, of a red gum taking root in the heart of Mernda and growing while the roots reached out to every corner of the community. This vision of being organic church integrally connected to local community found a means of expression through the “Sheffield Model”, which was first developed by St Thomas’s in Sheffield (UK) nearly 15 years ago.

With a focus on “missional communities” the Sheffield model emphasises the need for Christians to meet with people in their own world rather than expecting them to enter ours. After spending time with the staff of St Thomas’s, Craig and the team began work on adapting the model for our own local context and subsequently launched two playgroups in the second half of 2010. A missional community has also begun forming around crafts and the creative arts which runs a stall at the Laurimar market to raise money for various causes. Three preview services were also held as God continued to draw people into the Plentylife community.

We now launch with a much clearer vision of who God wants us to be, a five-strong leadership team with responsibilities for missional communities, youth, families, and administration, and leadership for three missional communities focused on families, crafts and the creative arts and the outdoor life. And it’s true that we wouldn’t be at this point today if it wasn’t for the generous support of the Diocese, St Johns and other supporting churches! So now together we look forward to what else God might have in store for us according to His grace.

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