So far hundreds of excited guests, including HSC Study Campers who would have otherwise been on waiting lists, have loved using our newly renovated Lyrebird accommodation and new meeting room at Galston. Sleeping 30 people and with theatre-quality audio visual, Lyrebird makes a great location for smaller groups on retreat at our Galston Gorge site.
We’ve also been making changes at Lake Mac, with a new Teachers Accommodation building installed in November. This new facility has been custom-designed to provide self-contained accommodation for eight teachers attending Summit Educational Camps and provides the private amenities that teachers have been requesting for some time.
Importantly, during 2015, we have been busy planning for the future of our Lake Mac campsite. A first stage in this vision has been the purchase of a 100 acre parcel of bushland adjacent to the existing site. This will be used to conduct low-impact activities such as bushwalking, camping and environmental activities. Meanwhile, architects have been engaged to draft plans to increase capacity at the current site to better fit school year group camps and allow for multiple groups to utilise the site at any one time. As with the Galston campsite redevelopment we are excited that a Lake Mac redevelopment will multiply our opportunities to minister to young people. Your prayers for wise planning and God’s provision would be appreciated.
Spurred On to be Missional at University
Based at UNSW, New College houses 250 residents from around Australia and abroad. Within the community is the New College Christian Fellowship (NCCF), a group of Christians coming from various church backgrounds as well as people investigating Christianity. Each year, they hold events aimed at growing people in their knowledge and understanding of God and encouraging each other to grow in Christ.
One of their biggest events of the year is a weekend away at the commencement of Semester 1, which was held at Crusaders Lake Mac Outdoor Rec. Centre in 2015.
First year student Tim shared, “I was encouraged by this weekend to live a missional life at university.”
Another student Emma shared, “The time we spent at Lake Mac fostered strong fellowship amongst the group. We are very thankful for our time away together.”