Our second Oakes family profile … The Gilchrists!
Written by Charlotte Jones and Mikey Gilmour
We are now well and truly settled at The Oakes, but here is a little about our first weeks together back in September…
The day after we arrived at The Oakes, we travelled to Abersoch (North Wales) for five days of fun, food and friend-making! Each day started with Mighty Oakes, brilliantly led by Rob. This was a great first chance to learn from God’s Word together. Going through 1 Peter over the week gave us some great encouragement on living for Jesus through the year, as part of the Impact Team.
Our time there also included team building activities on the beach, a photo challenge around Abersoch village and evening games, involving the hilarious “After Eight” and “Mouth Guard” challenges! No trip to the beach is complete without fish and chips, playing “professional” volleyball and, of course, sumo wrestling in the sand!
The trip also involved a stunning clifftop walk, where we had great conversations about our backgrounds, all blessed by God, and also allowed us to give back to a church family through gardening and house cleaning, who generously allowed us to use their Abersoch holiday homes during our stay.
Dan, Johnny and Rob equipped us well for upcoming dorm times with the “Evangelism Toolkit” sessions. These sessions are designed to help the Impact Team clearly communicate the gospel in a variety of different ways to the campers. With three camps already done, we are seeking to ensure that Dorm Times are one of the highlights for the campers and it’s become our target!
Each evening in Abersoch, there was a chance for a quiet time where we individually spent time with God and studied his Word. This was a really important time for us to read the Bible and pray to God. The trip ended with a bonfire on the beach led by Elle and Luke (Residential Trainees), where we learnt how to “bungalow”, make s’mores and harmoniously sing worship songs.
Since returning to The Oakes, we have completed our training and have already begun to make an impact on our first few camps!
- Praise God that he has brought this new Impact Team together, that they have bonded well and that they are enjoying their time serving Him together.
- Pray that the Impact Team will make a huge impact as they share the gospel and encourage campers in their faith over the 42 camps scheduled this year.