Youth Convention - September 2016
​The Piha Mill Christian Camp nestled off the beautiful Piha beach was the venue for the New Zealand Youth Convention 2016. On Friday was a buzz of activity and laughs as the youth arrived for a long awaited weekend. After a dinner and orientation from the camp master the youth enjoyed an evening around the open fire, singing and catching up with each other. Youth were assigned to 5 different group and caught up with group leaders to work with for the weekend. With youth travelling from Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and various part of Auckland there were many new faces and lots of meeting greeting and catching up to do that went on until midnight.

​The Saturday events kicked off at 7am with1 hour walk to the local Fairy Fall which was a great way to get the day started and soak up the beauty of Piha. Breakfast was followed by a range of outdoor activities including team work and an orienteering competition between teams.

​The Apostle Williams and District Leaders then arrived and we started the presentation of the main topic for the day “Faith”. This workshop and discussion was centred on feedback from the youth collated as a build up to the youth convention. The topic was enjoyed as the workshops gave each team points towards a winning team at the end of the weekend.

​Lunch was then followed by a choir practice for the Sunday Service and was a good time to start reflection and some inner preparation. The next exciting event was a game of Bubble Soccer which became very interesting when the rain started, but this did not deter any of the youth from getting muddy and soaked. The afternoon was concluded with a discussion and Q&A session with Apostle Williams who answered many questions regarding is life of faith and his many travels. One question prompted the Apostle to explain one of the biggest danger for our life of faith today, “We need to place a higher value in God and our life of faith over the many other activities in our lives” We need to prioritise.

​The Sunday Morning Divine Service was held at the camp hall and was a beautiful culmination of the weekend and certainly the highlight of the Youth Convention 2016.The divine service was attended by 100 youth and some beautiful musical item prepared by the youth added to the joy for the day. The convention was ended by a lunch together with all and group picture before everyone headed home spiritually enriched from an awesome weekend.