From January 12th to 14th, St. George’s Cathedral in Melbourne hosted its first-ever Parish Camp at Log Cabin in Creswick, guided by Rev. Father Issac Wehbe and Rev. Father Jack Lutfi. Themed “Family, the Joy of Life,” the camp seamlessly blended spiritual and social elements, drawing inspiration from the biblical verse John 10:10 —

“That they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

The weekend featured a variety of engaging activities, combining physical adventures like ziplining, canoeing, milk-crate stacking, commando courses, giant swing, archery and hiking, with intellectually stimulating and spiritual events organised by the Church Committees; these included a skit night inspired by the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit, an amazing race, trivia night, Qurban making, and chanting activities.

Spiritual talks delivered by Rev. Fr. Jack Lutfi, Rev. Fr. Isaac Wehbe, Samira Hanna and the Sunday School team facilitated beautiful moments of reflection. The Sunday School lesson, integrated creativity through flower pot decorating for personalised camp gifts and became a symbolic representation of our spiritual family tree. The prayers and services conducted throughout the camp fostered a sense of community and encouraged parishioners to participate as readers, chanters and altar servers.

The weekend’s culmination at Ballarat Park, marked by a refined barbecue, provided an elegant backdrop for meaningful conversations and community bonding.

In essence, the Parish Camp embodied the verse John 10:10, fostering a sense of purpose and abundance in life. The harmonious interplay of diverse activities facilitated a deeper connection among parishioners, leaving participants with enduring memories and a renewed sense of community.

A big thank you to every volunteer who had a hand in crafting such a wonderful weekend, and thank you to every single person who attended and created such a loving atmosphere. We hope to see you all again next year for round two!