NEC Camp Meeting 2018
29th June 2018
This week has seen the highest temperatures on record for a long time in the British Isles, which made the North England Conference (NEC) Camp Meeting bask in beautiful sunshine held at the seaside town of Southport, North West England. Held from Monday 25 June for one week, Pontins is the residential holiday park for the 1000 attendees who have made their way across the northern region of England, including those from the South England Conference (SEC) and the Missions.
With the theme 'Nurturing Each Other and Winning Another' the adult meetings reinforced that message using the theme song 'Each one Reach one'each evening to the powerful and biblically crafted sermons given by Pastor Steve Riley, Communication director of the South Caribbean Conference and senior pastor of the Mt D'or Seventh-day Adventist church. His messages have been well-received by the attendees who are treated nightly to sound expository and topical messages expressed dynamically through a personality tinged with natural wit and humour.
With an array of guest speakers and various programmes the attendees were not left without choice. For the early risers there were the morning reflections presented by NEC minister, Pastor Victor Marshall and his prayer team. Bible study followed after breakfast with Pastor Jongimpi Papu, guest presenter who currently serves at the Southern African-Indian Ocean Division heading both the Ministerial and Family Ministries departments. He focused his studies on spiritual commitment and revival.
With plenty of time in the programme for the opportunity to catch up with friends and making new ones, each day was an opportunity to digest the spiritual feast of teachings, with free time for meditation and contemplation as well as recreation.
Health messages presented by Dr Katia Reinert graduate from John Hopkins University, who has an interest in preventative medicine and mental health, shared her experiences and gave life-changing advice and direction to the many who attended her presentations.
Behind the scenes of Camp Meeting are usually many peripheral services and ministries taking place. Hope Radio provided live coverage of some of the events whilst using Pontins as a temporary station base to reach out locally and nationally, whilst via internet internationally. Pastor Michael Simpson and his team shared that various emails and responses that were received from people around the world expressing their appreciation for the live coverage and inspiring music.
Teen services, held in a marquee near to the main auditorium, provided activities and programmes led by NEC Teens Ministries director Pastor Isaac Liburd and his team. Similarly, meetings for the young adults were provided through guest speaker SEC Youth director Pastor Anthony Fuller.
Pastor Lola Moore-Johnson, guest speaker from the Woodbridge Seventh-day Adventist church in Northern Virginia where she serves as senior pastor, was the midday power hour speaker but also shared messages in word and in song in various programmes in youth and adult services. Claude Edwards, chaplain with the Orange County Corrections department was the main adult singing evangelist whose song choice each evening was appreciated by all.
With the weekend still to come, featuring a baptism, children's showcase, mission spotlight and the usual Friday evening communion service, the entire week proves to be a festival of worship and inspiration. NEC President Pastor Richard Jackson, said, "Camp Meeting is about empowering our members to be inspired that when they leave here (Camp Meeting) they will want to do more in their communities, and spend more time together in fellowship with families, friends and fellow believers."
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