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​Heroes Camp in Cornwall, England

Heroes can be found everywhere, and for one special weekend, more than 100 of them

were to be found on a campsite in Cornwall. The May bank holiday camp on Chapel

Porth Adventist Campsite is a highlight of Ilona Jackson's annual calendar. She

fills a caravan with children, parents, and even grandparents.

"We go to the camp as a family and greatly enjoy the worships with their refreshing

modern style. This year the worship talks were meaningful and applicable to our

everyday lives‒even our 10- and 14-year-old boys enjoyed them! We learned that

we all have a hero inside of us somewhere and that God can always use us and we

can rely on Him totally."

'Heroes' was our theme as Sam Gungaloo, intern pastor at Stevenage and Potters Bar,

shared stories of Bible heroes and how conflict changed their story from a good

one into an epic one. "The worships always leave you feeling empowered in

some way and that has to be a good thing!" Ilona added.

Jo Vicary first found faith and Christian friends through the LIVE St Austell project,

and though she has now moved to North East England, she is glad she travelled

back down for camp: "From this I now have a personal relationship with God

who has done some amazing things in my life. There is an amazing feeling of

oneness with God during times of worship through music, singing, talks and

prayer. The talks were really inspiring and related to me in different ways,

making me realize I can be the hero in my own life story."

Telling our story was the underlying message being shared through the various talks,

video clips, and even the great acts for the Saturday and Sunday night

concerts. Daughters of Davis shared their story of giving up their jobs and

selling what they had to follow their Christian dream.

Philippa Hanna told us of her struggles and the songs she created out of those conflicts

of self-esteem and self-worth.

"The concerts were great," says Jenny Hall from Plymouth. "I especially

liked Daughters of Davis, they have such a great sound and Philippa Hanna was

fantastic because she presents her passion for Christ in every song she writes

and performs!"

Other fantastic musical moments on the camp included Jader Feijo whose amazing voice

and inspiring lyrics climaxed many of the worship talks. Arianne Haran shared

her unique and creative song writing, and the Grenaways, a local Christian folk

band, inspired 30 extra visitors to visit the camp on the Saturday night. They

finished up the night playing their song 'Brother' around the campfire. It was beautiful to see

everyone come together worshipping, sharing, laughing, and encouraging each


It was the atmosphere, including the music, that was important to Louis, a musician in his

own right: "I went to camp because I believe in the ethos of LIVE, and I

think it's important to support the local community with live music events and

friends in ministry." Louis, while not an Adventist, is very much 'part of

the family'. He says, "I see the camp as a great way to meet other

like-minded people who don't need to drink or completely be out of their heads

to enjoy really good music… It's a positive event in the community."

Perhaps that is why so many come and fill the site to capacity, not just from Devon and

Cornwall, but Somerset, London, Newbold, Wales, and beyond. Camp leader Steven

Hulbert said, "If I could sum up the feeling of what camp was like I think

freedom would be the word. This was a Seventh-day Adventist-run camp but not

everyone who came was Adventist, and not all were Christian, but the freedom

all experienced there allowed everyone to have an openness and an honesty that

is often hard to find."

Jenny agrees. "It's a great environment to bring friends and family that don't

believe in God because it doesn't force anything on them, it gently introduces

them to the idea of God and hopefully it will lead to a greater interest in the


That freedom is equally important for Edit Liebhardt. She confesses that the LIVE St Austell

& Area 1 Camp is one of the highlights of her year. "I look forward to

spending time with some of my best friends in a way I can't spend time with my

secular friends. You get time to catch up, build even stronger friendships,

find new friends, spend time with God, hear new music, enjoy the view, and so

much more that no wonder the weekend goes so, so, so fast. I'd recommend this

camp to anyone. In fact I try to bring someone new every year and every year

they love it too."

Will the camp make a difference? It will for Jo. "I found great motivation to reach

out further to achieve what I would like, knowing God will be beside me giving

me the strength, support and guidance I need."

First timer Tamsin Martin will definitely be back next year. "From the start, I

appreciated the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The food was delicious and

given with a generous spirit and of course the music was fabulous. I will come

again because I want Amelie [my daughter] to build relationships and form a

positive body of experience in the church. I would definitely recommend this to

friends, even non-believers because I am confident that they would receive a

warm welcome."

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