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Yorkshire: youth camps find permanent base

After nearly three years of running camps and praying for a permanent home, Yorkshire Camps has announced it is moving to Netherside Hall, near Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales ...

After nearly three years of running camps and praying for a permanent home, Yorkshire Camps has announced it is moving to Netherside Hall, near Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales.

Whilst working at the Oakes Holiday Centre in Sheffield, Andy and Hannah Peace started to pray that God would help them do something similar further north.

God provided finances and a team, and in faith they ran their first camp in Easter 2013. Spurred on by bookings coming in and parents excited about having gospel camps in their area, Yorkshire Camps started.

Since then they have run more than 16 residential and day camps, hiring centres in West and North Yorkshire. However, to grow the work, they knew they needed a place of their own. Netherside Hall has been on the market for nearly three years and twice was under offer, before coming back on the market. A group have prayed most Monday nights that God would raise the necessary money to purchase the Hall.

Yorkshire Camps made a number of offers to the council who were selling it, which were rejected. The council then decided to sell the property at auction. Yorkshire Camps didn’t have the necessary funding to make a bid, but approached a Trust to partner with them. The Trust understood and supported the vision and was able to buy the property at auction at the end of February.

The centre will be open all year round to run camps for church youth groups and individuals, but also the prayer is that schools will come along with year groups to have a wonderful holiday in beautiful countryside, but also enjoy learning what Christians believe from the Bible, as well as meeting people of faith, both of which are National Curriculum requirements. This means the centre has the possibility of reaching hundreds if not thousands of children and young people with the gospel.

There is a great sense of excitement about this new development and its potential. Rev Paul Williams of Christ Church, Fulwood, who knows both the work of the Oakes and Yorkshire Camps says, “It is thrilling to see young lives transformed for Christ through the ministry of residential camps. Yorkshire Camps, in the safe and faithful hands of Andy and Hannah Peace, is an exciting new development in this much needed area, which we trust will see many young people come to know Christ and look back in years to come as some of the most significant days of their lives.”

Yorkshire Camps hopes to recruit a team of gap year students, for a year of discipleship. They will assist in running the camps, but also receive training in how to teach the Bible to young people, which they can take back and use in their local church for the rest of their lives.

Plans are for the centre to open in November with the first camp, a discipleship camp for teenagers taking place over New Year.

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