Family Camp | Goulburn | 2023

Held by St. Paul’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Dandenong

With glory to God and with deep gratitude to His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios, St Paul’s annual family camp once again took place in St Michael’s Monastery, Goulburn NSW, from the 21st to the 25th of September.

The theme of this year’s camp was taken from Joshua 24:15, ‘But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’

It was an ecstatic five days of learning, excitement and above all Christian fellowship. To summarise the event, we share a poem written by Ketrina Mawal, sharing her experience.

Family Camp

It was such a wonderful experience,
To attend St. Paul’s Family Camp 2023.
It was a blessing just to be together,
And on that, we can all agree.
We grew closer and closer every day,
With those we don’t know and those we do,
Together we also created a strong faith,
Which as a community we will pursue.
Some highlights of the camp was the Trivia night,
The Bonfire, and sports on the first day,
However, whenever we were together,
All our worries went away.
We can now chant from Khouriyeh’s session,
And from Abouna we learnt of God’s Jealousy,
From Dennis, we learnt our role in the family,
And from Johnny, the works of the Holy Trinity.
The Family Ministry helped our families serve,
As an individual, family and community.
The games and sports were fun to participate,
And from injuries we almost had immunity.
This has been the highlight of my year, 
And something to look forward to in the next,
May God grant us many more family camps,
And that the next one will be blessed.