Acknowledgement: Photos and report by Hannah Chan
(2 - 4 November)
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A fun-filled children and teenagers’ camp with the theme “We are Family” was held at the church premises from 2 to 4 November 2018. The Sunday school of the Chinese Apostolate had organized this camp to bring together the children, teenagers, youth facilitators and teachers to have fun while learning and serving in God’s family.
The camp ended on the 3rd day with the celebration of Sunday Mass in the parish at 11.30am that was attended by the family of the participants. All campers loved the event so much that they wished it could be extended for another day – but alas, they had to bid goodbye.
During the camp, the children and teenagers were given 3 topics from bible verses to act out: The Annunciation (Luke 1: 26 - 28), The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2 :1 - 20), The Wedding at Cana (John 2 :1 - 11). With much earnestness and enthusiasm, the members within each group worked and discussed, preparing and practising their roles assigned. On the night of the performance, the parents and 2 priests attended with some invited to judge the performance. A small fellowship and potluck supper followed after the show.
Camp activities included songs and games, art and crafts, gardening and dessert making – with each item having an element of praying, learning and listening. Highlight of the activities was a monopoly game organized by youth facilitator, Jonathan, where they derived Christian virtues from it. For gardening, they planted some plants, gathered from Father Paul Kee’s garden, in recycled plastic bottles. For dessert making, they learned to make Chinese dessert (Tangyuan) for their afternoon tea.
A total of 32 children and teenagers, ranging from 7 to 15 years old, participated in this 3-days’ overnight camp. Six Sunday school teachers with the help of 8 youth facilitators had worked hard together to facilitate this program. The youth facilitator looked after the younger children and prepared the games, while the teachers did the cooking for the camp meals – and they all did a wonderful job!