Come to Berea!

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We’re going to Camp Berea February 19-21, 2016 for Deep Freeze! This is a great time to make new friends, strengthen current friendships, and to explore the question, “Is Jesus worth following?”

Here’s a video from our time at Berea two years ago (sorry, I didn’t make one last year!):

Here’s a flyby of the main info you need to know:

  • Dates: February 19-21, 2016
  • Cost: $140 total. $70 deposit due ASAP, remaining $70 due Feb 7th. (We don’t want money to keep anyone from coming, scholarships are available upon request, please contact Pastor Mike.)
  • Speaker: Danny Ray (a Christian illusionist who integrates magic into his message… check him out on youtube!)
  • Music: Oswald Brother Band
  • Permission Form: Download the form HERE and turn in the completed form with your final payment on Feb 7th.
  • Paintball: Yes, they have paintball! The cost is included in the required paintball waiver, found HERE.
  • Departure from EBC: Friday at 3:00pm. Bus leaves by 3:20.
  • Return to EBC: Sunday around 4:30pm
  • What to Bring: Warm clothes (remember, it’s winter camp not a fashion show… and it’s only two nights), Hat & Gloves, Sleeping Bag, Pillow, Toiletries, Towel, Bible.
  • What NOT to Bring: Alcohol, or weapons and non-prescription drugs are not allowed. We also discourage cell phone use and other electronic gadgets which distract and isolate us from spending face-to-face time with each other. If you bring a phone to use as a camera, please set it to airplane mode for the weekend.

This year’s theme is Re-Forged. Our lives take shape with every moment that forms and molds us until we may feel no more than a product of our faults, mistakes and struggles. But what if we can be changed? Sometimes it’s a slow and steady sculpting and at other times it’s a transformation that takes place in the fire of challenges, but the result is the same: our edges and sharpness are removed and the imperfections melted away as we are Re-Forged into something with new purpose that is stronger than ever before.

Join us at Deep Freeze (Camp Berea)

Join us at Deep Freeze, Camp Berea’s winter camp! We’ve gone for longer than I’ve been the youth pastor, and I’ve been here for more than eight years… it’s that good!

Here are the details you need to know:

  • February 14-16, 2014
  • Camp Berea, Hebron NH
  • Cost: $140 total.  ($70 deposit due 12/1, remaining $70 due 1/12 along with Permission Form)
  • What will we do there: Music, Food, Carpetball, Tubing Hill, Paintball (costs extra, see details in the Student Info Packet), Volleyball Tournament, Basketball Tournament, Board Games, and most importantly, learn about Jesus’s love for us.
  • No phones, iPods, or electronics – we want you to be as fully-present with one another as possible. Thanks for your cooperation. (Leaders will have their phones in case of emergency.)
  • Departure: At EBC  4:00pm Friday 2/14 (bring a bagged dinner to eat on the bus, preferably something that’s not messy)
  • Return: At EBC 3:30pm Sunday 2/16
  • Speaker: Duffy Robbins (He’s legitimately one of the funniest guys I know)
  • Band: Sing Love Sing
Student Info Packet
click to download

So why should you come to Berea?
Check this video out for a glimpse of what’s in store for the weekend. This is always a great opportunity to make new friends, have some fun, and grow in your understanding of who God is, what He’s done, and what He want for you! Don’t miss out…

IMPORTANT: Please remember to bring a bagged lunch to eat on the bus on Friday.  We will only be stopping once on our way up to Berea, so you need to have dinner on the bus (and you’re responsible for cleaning up after yourself, so don’t bring anything too messy).  Everything else for the weekend is taken care of for you, but you might want to bring some money for vending machines, the snack bar, the gift shop or a CD from the worship band.   

Please make sure you’re on time on Friday (4:00pm) with all your stuff, because you don’t want to miss the bus!  We’re renting a school bus and a U-Haul for the bags.  Parents, if you need to get in touch with your teen over the weekend, please either call Pastor Mike’s cell phone (you can call the EBC office for his number or ask him for it ahead of time) or contact Camp Berea’s office.

2013 Deep Freeze at Camp Berea

Don't Miss the Bus!

It’s almost that time!  We’re off to Camp Berea in a few weeks and you have a few questions about the details.  Well, here they are:

Meet at EBC: 4:30pm on Fri, Feb. 15th 
Pickup at EBC: 4:00pm on Sun, Feb 17th 

IMPORTANT: Please remember to bring a bagged lunch to eat on the bus on Friday.  We will only be stopping once on our way up to Berea, so you need to have dinner on the bus (and you’re responsible for cleaning up after yourself, so don’t bring anything too messy).  Everything else for the weekend is taken care of for you, but you might want to bring some money for vending machines, the snack bar, the gift shop or a CD from the worship band.   

Please make sure you’re on time on Friday with all your stuff, because you don’t want to miss the bus!  We’re renting a school bus and a U-Haul for the bags.  Parents, if you need to get in touch with your teen over the weekend, please either call Pastor Mike’s cell phone (you can call the EBC office for his number or ask him for it ahead of time) or contact Camp Berea’s office.

Please download and fill out the completed Camper Permission Form sooner rather than later.

Our speaker this year is Jeffrey Dean.  Jeffrey seeks to engage, empower and equip youth to follow Jesus and pursue a relationship with Him. He focuses on youth culture to communicate Christ’s love in a captivating, convicting way and works with ministries and organizations all over the country such as Josh McDowell Ministries and local Boys and Girls clubs.

Our worship band is the Andy Needham Band.  Andy was the youth pastor at Chapel of the Cross for a few years before launching full-time into worship leading and producing the band’s first full-length studio album.  He’s a great guy with a heart for worshipping Jesus Christ and serving the Church.  I can’t wait to be led in worship by his team.

Want to play paintball?  

  • $10 per hour (includes the ‘marker’ and 200 rounds of paint)
  • Each 100 rounds of paint costs $5.
  • You CANNOT play paintball without having the Paintball Form filled out by a parent and turned in ahead of time.  (If you’re on the fence about playing, then just fill out the form just in case, otherwise your decision will be made for you)

What to bring this weekend:

  • Bible (if you don’t have one, let us know and we’ll give you one!)
  • Sleeping bag, Pillow & Towels
  • Bathroom stuff (Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant etc.)
  • Gym clothes (They have an indoor gym)
  • Snow pants or extra clothes in case you get wet from tubing.
  • Boots, Warm clothes, Winter Jacket, Winter Hat, and Gloves.
  • Prescription medicine (please inform at least one of the adult youth leaders in your cabin about your medicine just so we’re aware).
  • (You don’t need to over-pack… remember you’re only packing for TWO DAYS!)

What NOT to bring this weekend:

  • Cell Phone
  • iPod or other music player
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Any kind of drug, alcohol, or other ‘questionable’ substance (if you’re not sure, please contact Pastor Mike or just don’t bring it)

Cell phones and ipods isolate you from others, we want you to “get away” for the weekend to
make new friends and meet Jesus. Students usually complain about this, but find themselves really
enjoying being “unplugged” for the weekend.  Any of the above will be confiscated and returned when you arrive back to EBC on Sunday

Are You Coming to Camp Berea’s “Deep Freeze 2012”

You haven’t signed up for Camp Berea’s Deep Freeze 2012 yet?  What are you waiting for!

What: The best winter camp you’ll ever attend!  Jesus, Music, Food, Carpetball, Tubing Hill, Paintball (costs extra), Volleyball Tournament, Basketball Tournament, Board Games, and tons more.
Where: Camp Berea, Hebron New Hampshire
When: March 16-18, 2012.  Meet at EBC Friday at 5:00pm sharp (bus leaves the parking lot at 5:15 with or without you); Return to EBC around 3:30pm Sunday.
Cost: $130 total ($60 deposit due Sunday, Jan. 29th, remaining $70 due Sunday, March 4th).  Financial assistance is available upon request, please call Pastor Mike at the EBC Office for details.

The permission form below must be fully completed and turned in to Pastor Mike or another Youth Leader along with the remaining $70 payment on Sunday, March 4th.

Berea 2012 Student Forms(paintball form included)

What Should I Bring (and what should I leave home)?

Deep Freeze Invitation– Want to invite some friends to come?  Print these bad boys out and watch your friends just beg to come… ok, maybe not, but they have all the information they need to make be informed.

Got some questions that you can’t find the answers to?  Call or Email Pastor Mike in the EBC office.

As if you need more convincing that you should come (or send your teen), here’s the video Berea put together to promote last year’s Deep Freeze:

Camp Berea 2011: How do you REACT to God’s Love?

 

This past weekend our youth group went up to Camp Berea and God was waiting for us there!  Over the course of the weekend eight students gave themselves to Jesus Christ for the first time and many others prayed to “renew their vows” to Christ; I think it’s safe to say that none of us were left unaffected and untouched.

Sam Bhatt, our speaker, shared out of 1 John 4:19, which says “We love because he first loved us.”  God did not wait for us to love him before he chose to love us.  God takes the initiative!  We are all sinners, desperately lost in our sins and deserving of judgment for rebellion against our Creator.  Thankfully, that’s just the bad news…

…the Good News (which is what the word “Gospel” means) is that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son so that whoever would believe in him might not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17).  God loved us looong before we ever even thought about loving him.  He loved us so much that God the Son (the second Person of the Trinity) became a man (named Jesus) and lived among us without ever sinning and died on the cross so that the innocent (Jesus) would suffer and die as the substitute for the guilty (us).

Our love for God is a response, or a reaction, to God’s love.  We cannot initiate love for God, because He loved us long before we were even born.  Ephesians 1:4-5 says, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”

The question we were all confronted with this weekend was this: “How will you react to God’s love?”  Students, Graduates, Parents, whoever you are… what’s your reaction?  If you are a Christian but love doesn’t play a central role in your daily life then there’s a problem.  As I recently read somewhere, “God wants full custody, not a weekend visit.” Will you live your life as a reaction to God’s love?

The Chris Tomlin song below became the unofficial theme-song of the weekend, take a look:

Illuminate: How Long is Your Shadow?

This past weekend was “Deep Freeze 2010,” our youth group’s winter camp which is put on by Camp Berea.  This year’s theme was “Illuminate.”

Duffy Robbins, our speaker, emphasized 1 John 1:5-7, “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

Another translation says “In God there is no darkness whatsoever.”  I like that… God is pure light, no darkness at all.  Duffy used the illustration that if you’re standing directly under a strong light you have no shadow, but the farther from the light source you walk the longer your shadow goes.

If God is that light, how long is your shadow?  Or are you so far from Him that you don’t even have a shadow because you’re walking in the darkness?  Do you feel trapped by your shadow, feeling like God wouldn’t want you back?

The Good News is that Jesus Christ died on the cross in order to “purify you from all unrighteousness.”  What that means is that through faith in Jesus Christ all your sin is wiped away, so that when God sees you he sees a holy saint.  Jesus Christ says this, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Finally, notice that 1 John 1:7 says not only are we “purified from all sin,”  but also “…if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.”  We cannot stay strong in our faith alone.  We were created to draw strength from God and from other people.  Christianity is not a solo religion, it’s a communal faith – don’t be a stranger to the Church.

Will you come to the light of Jesus Christ?