For the last few years, Holland Road Baptist Church and Portslade Baptist Church have taken a group of young people and youth leaders to Soul Survivor. It is always an amazing time away! Soul Survivor is a five-day Christian event aimed at young people – full of worship, teaching, camping, seminars, barbeques, dancing, fellowship, laughing, games, football, fun and so much more.
On Tuesday 12th August this year’s group of 19 young people, nine youth leaders and two toddlers departed on the four-hour journey to the Bath & Western Showground in Somerset, where Soul Survivor takes place. Tents were assembled and our home for the week was constructed. Our first delicious dinner was eaten and we headed off to the first ‘big top’ meeting. These meetings happen in the morning and evening, and are powerful and special times – over 8,000 young people and youth leaders gather in a massive tent to worship and learn more about Jesus.
The singing worship at Soul Survivor is always an amazing Spirit-filled time. Rend Collective were definitely a highlight for us this year – ‘My Lighthouse’ and ‘Praise Like Fireworks’ are destined to be youth group anthems for many months to come. The young people are always visibly moved during the worship times, where they powerfully encounter Jesus afresh. Please pray that the joy and freedom they experience in worship at Soul Survivor can be enjoyed back home too.
The teaching at Soul Survivor is incredibly relevant and scripture-focused. This year’s theme was relationships and no topic was out of bounds – dating, marriage, celibacy, singleness, purity and pornography were all discussed. Speakers including Beth Redman and Tim Ross challenged our young people to embark on romantic relationships that honour and please to God.
Our five days away were full of special and memorable moments, and God blessed us with great unity and fun together as a youth group. Seminars took place throughout each day, and there were also many opportunities for us youth leaders to meet and plan, pray and reflect on all God has been doing and will do through our young people.
Colour Chaos took place on day four – this involves gallons of paint, loud music and crazy dancing – always a highlight for teenagers! And the final night at Soul Survivor is a celebration of all God has done during the week, and also involves a fancy dress party! This year’s theme was film characters, and our young people really went to town on this… seeing Peter Pan, Buzz Lightyear, the Milky Bar Kid, Tinkerbell and Superman worshipping and dancing together is a truly memorable sight. The worship leader and band were dressed as Darth Vader and Stormtroopers respectively, which was a personal highlight!
We’d like to share some of the highlights from our young people and leaders:
Jacob – ‘Becoming closer as a church youth group’
Max – ‘UV Party, Colour Chaos, ghosting this guy for 15 minutes straight (don’t ask!), the last Big Top’
Sam – ‘Rend Collective’s awesomeness’
Sophie – ‘Tim Ross all the way from Dallas giving a few amazing talks’
Please continue to pray for the young people and youth leaders at HRBC and PBC as they adjust to life after Soul Survivor – pray that they remain close to Jesus, and that commitments and resolutions made at camp are followed through and embedded into everyday life back at home. Following Jesus is an amazing adventure and worshipping him with over 8,000 other teenagers is an incredible experience – please pray for each young person to grow in their love for Jesus and to continue to serve Him with joy and faith.
If you would like to be involved with any aspect of the youth work at HRBC then please do speak to any of the youth leaders – they would love to chat to you!