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Senior Camp Congregational Singing Downloads

28 Jul

As well as recording the talks at camp this year, I also made a lot of recordings of Psalm singing during worship times, these are now available to download! Unfortunately I accidentally deleted Psalm 22 to ‘St Kilda’ which was my favorite Psalm-tune combo of the week :(

I’ve put a handful of Psalms on Youtube; if you like to see the congregation and have to words on screen check them out.

Audio downloads [right click link and select “Save As” to download]:

Psalm 19 Tune: Lennox    Psalm 24 Tune: St George’s Edinburgh

Psalm 36   Psalm 42 Tune: Amazing Grace   Psalm 45   Psalm 47    Psalm 49

Psalm 85   Psalm 93   Psalm 98 Tune: Desert   Psalm 103   Psalm 107

Psalm 111   Psalm 128   Psalm 130   Psalm 144 Tune: Stroudwater

Senior Camp 2011 Talks

24 Jul

This year we had the blessing of having Rev Andrew Kerr  speak at Senior Camp. Throughout the week he traveled through the book of Ruth, exploring this well known piece of prose and bringing out various challenges. There was an overriding theme of redemption throughout the talks, as well as the reminder that God is ultimately Sovereign and in control of our life. – A.E. Carson

If you missed out on theses talks or just want to hear them for a second time, the recordings are found below (Keep an ear out for the Psalm at the end of each recording):

Ruth Talk #1 – ‘The Need For A Redeemer’ Audio

Ruth Talk #2 – ‘The Road To The Redeemer’ Audio / Video

Ruth Talk #3 – ‘The Grace of The Redeemer’ Audio / Video

Ruth Talk #4 – ‘Seeking The Redeemer’ Audio Only

Ruth Talk #5 – ‘The Work of the Redeemer’ Audio / Video

Ruth Talk #6 – ‘The Blessing of The Redeemer’ Audio / Video

Senior Camp 2010 – Part 1

14 Jul

The official build up to Senior Camp 2010 began on Saturday 3rd July at 12.00pm at the Valley Leisure Centre Football Pitches. It was quite literally a case of men against boys as the Renwick Old Boys XI faced the Renwick New Lads XI for the first time. The game ended 4-0 with Peter Loughridge, Conor Hyndman, Mark McCavery and Ian Buchanan all getting on the scoresheet in an enjoyable encounter played under good conditions. After shaking hands and showering, the true preparations began for making our way down those familiar roads to the Royal School Armagh and where Germany vs. Argentina Senior Camp awaited…

That night, we enjoyed the usual Ice-Breaker games, highlights included Steelo’s ‘soak whoever he wanted’ game and Strob’s ‘marginally dodgy water balloon’ game (which he was loving!). However that strange old Senior Camp tradition rose it’s head again as another pretty bad injury was picked up on the Saturday, by Colin Buchanan this time, official reports show that it was more to do with Bran Flakes than Ben Hanna.

The pre-Camp nerves were all but gone come Sabbath morning as we arose to a cracking breakfast from Stanley and Ruth (who were winning a lot of accolades from seasoned campers very early on in the week) and then all minds were focused on Morning Worship and Rev. Albert Baxters first talk. (All of Albert’s talks can be found on Enniskillen’s very snazzy new website) For me, the fears of another unknown speaker were put to bed immediately as Albert opened up God’s word to us and preached with confidence and with practical application. But we’ll come back to the talks…

The rest of Sunday flowed very smoothly, as well as the usual walk around the bustling city of Armagh, we had a chance to listen in on an interview with the Committee which proved to be insightful and helped us to get to know them a wee bit better. Nathan Hawthorne led Evening Worship and then the usual time of Psalm Singing followed which is always a highlight for me, not just the way the tunes are marvellously sang, but the meaning put behind the words which are belted out.

Sabbath Afternoon Walk

Our Speaker for the week, alongside one of many of Andy Harvey's legendary t-shirts!

Monday Morning brought that excited feeling to pretty much every one as we looked forward to a week of teaching, fellowship, exercise, food and fun. Having laid the foundation for the talks on Sabbath Morning by challenging us all on our Love for One Another, we went to look at our Link with One Another on Monday, a message which this writer was heavily challenged by and Rev. Baxter gave great insight into how we have a responsibility to look out for others and not live as solitary Christians.

Of course we all knew what awaited us on Monday afternoon, Chip (and John’s) Challenge, consisting of quite a few wet and tricky games, but mostly provided every one an opportunity to soak every one else. To the sweet relief of the boys, Slippery Football made a return!

Tom had definitely got that Monday Morning Feeling!

Enjoying the success of the Afternoon

Letitia and Cromie both left bemused by Monday's Dinner

Tagging also commenced on Monday, Ben seemed to be every one's target...

Monday evening was the usual Team Challenge brought by both Mary and Deborah. This year, focusing on a World Cup Theme, there were various tasks given to us. These included doing the most Keepie Uppies (which Conor Hyndman won?), making the best Goal and Celebration combo (where Ben excelled as a Pastor and Jonny McCollum’s group sniffed the Touchline) and then we were given the chance to doll up two members of the team to design the ultimate Footballer and WAG pairing. A Fashion Show followed, which led many of the guys to question the Theme which so far had included dancing and dressing up, however, some hilarious commentary for each couple was provided and it turned into a great night.

Rebecca and Brendan

Our Team was shocked at how good they looked together!

Aaron Bell with his WAG and Steelo's Irish Commentary

'Bing the Merciless' and Mark

The one thing a Senior Camp Supper shouldn't be without!

Monday's Nightwalk

So back to the talks, we recieved 4 more during the week, each as challenging and as practical as the last. This made it so easy to talk about them with other Campers, to share our views and thoughts on them and you could tell that the majority of the Camp was enjoying them because of how most said of the challenges they had recieved from them, how easy they were to listen to and how you could really see practical applications in our own lives. I’m not going to go into a massive exposition of the talks, simply to say that the first three dealt very much with ourselves and our faith compared to the last 3 which then built on that by including the practical outworking of our faith. (I’d really recommend to listen to these if you have the time over the Summer!) Straight after the talk each day, the usual prayer time took place, which as in previous years has been such a blessing. To get in a group of different people each day and pray to God, you can learn so much during those times as well as be greatly encouraged to hear the numerous voices and whispering around the room, each praying to the same God.

Tuesday meant that it was time to get on buses at Senior Camp and head for Newcastle, the usual jokes about how long it would take came and went and we finally left Armagh to head for either an afternoon of Football, Bouldering or dandering around the promenade and inevitably ending up in Mauds. To Steelo’s disappointment, we only got the usual “Warren-point” and “Aaron Bell” songs sang before the guys became deeply involved in a game of 5-Star which took up both bus journeys.

Jonny and I were still friends at this point of the journey...

To be continued….

Senior Camp 2010 – Part 2

14 Jul

We all met up for a BBQ at the foot of the Mountains before heading back to Armagh in time to watch the Netherlands vs. Uruguay game. The girls were also treated that night to a ‘Pamper Night’ in the Lecture Theatre while some just stayed in the Common Room to play some games.

Tom and Ruth

Camp was going ahead at usual lightspeed as it was Wednesday already, by mid-week of Camp, it was evident that some tiredness was setting in. However, we were spending another day on-site doing a mysteriously named ‘Old Time Carnival’ in the afternoon. It was Robert Robb’s finest hour as he had invented a series of different tasks and challenges (that went IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION).  Chip’s Coconut Shy, Mary’s Brainteasers, John’s Sponge Throw and Robert’s Shooting Range were just a few of the tasks, a particular highlight for me included seeing Aaron Bell scalp the Currie’s car with a golf ball while trying to aim for some thing two feet in front of him. Oh yes, another highlight was my team winning… :)

After the Carnival was over, there was quite a bit of free time to use before Dinner so some went to raid Sainsbury’s, others played Football and the usual crowd gathered for an intense game of Volleyball to work up an appetite.

That night was the now traditional ‘Holy Night’ of Camp where we had two seminars on Homosexuality and Euthanasia, dealt with by John George and Nigel Agnew. Both were thought provoking and provided us Campers with a greater knowledge of these subjects which can often be taboo words. (Also Evie and Mark nearly burst out laughing in the middle of one…guess which?!) A time for questions was allowed and then most rushed off for a quick supper and down to watch the recorded Spain vs. Germany Semi Final and others headed off for a walk and back to the Common Room, and then Wednesday was over…

Andy Mo and Carnival Pete

Joel practising some 'Seductive Eating' techniques

Both made their token appearances during the Week

Fair play to Andy Carmichael, took a few for the team here!


Bun and his Coconuts

Taking his anger out on the Committee

On the way to Sainsbury's...

The two 'responsible' ones on the Walk

Ben looking oddly cheery?!

Slug experiencing some difficulty

On Thursday we again packed up into Buses and headed off for the relatively unknown and remote Todd’s Leap, however we were assured that we would have a ‘Muddy Marvellous’ time so the mood on the Bus was of excitement and anticipation. Some were a bit tired by this stage in the week so some people slept or stuck the iPod in, (though 5 Star continued) and we eventually reached our location.

After spending far too long sitting in a shed doing an exercise which Peter Loughridge stated that ‘he might find useful for Boys Discovery Camp’, we eventually got into doing the various activities around the centre. The range included Archery, a big blow up Water Slide, Paintballing and Blindfold Driving, in fairness to the crazy woman in charge, the theme tunes did add some thing to the afternoon, especially when seeing Cromie Robert’s dance moves to our team’s tune, ‘Barbie Girl’.

Todd’s Leap turned into a pretty good adventure for Camp, every one enjoyed themselves and the activites were decent craic. My favourite bit was the truck ride to the Archey Range!  There was some controversy however as the grand prize of going for a ride in some big car was given to clearly the worst team. And after a big group photo, we were all shipped back to Armagh again.

Ali G with his Hareem

Getting ready for the big Slide

Hayley had just let one go...

Skills Junior

Traditional Party Boys, Stevie and Mark led the show on Thursday evening as an un-precedented change in Senior Camp’s schedule meant that the Concert was moved forward a day (apparently to give people more time to prepare for the Concert?). It seemed the jury was still out on this decision, however, most just embraced the change and worked up a sweat on the dancefloor. Before the party, the boys were harshly reprimanded for their immodesty throughout the week so it seemed that shorts were forbidden for the party. You also probably heard that I was dragged off to a Wedding Party so I actually missed it, but I was reliably informed that Steve did a good job and a lot of “Oh!”ing was done.

Stevie leading the way

Andrew Harvey pulled out another quality T-Shirt!

Clearly singing 'Boys, Boys, Boys' all week didn't put them off...

And so Friday rolled around the corner, the week had flew by, and after our final talk, we looked forward to a day of good activites in good weather. Friday afternoon brought every one’s favourite activity, Competitive Sports, where each team had to excel at Football, Tennis, Bucketball and Volleyball to earn the right to be called Champions. It’s always a good afternoon and things generally aren’t too competitive which meant it was even better than expected. I always love this about Camp, combining two of my favourite things, friends/good company and Sport, looking round and seeing every one enjoying themselves after a week of close fellowship always makes me realise how special Camp is for all involved. (Of course the McKelvey brothers arriving was also a highlight!)

After the official programme was finished, we launched into more Sport as games of Football and Volleyball continued long into the afternoon as others left to practise their routines for the Concert. After we came in, we had our last Evening Meal served up by the cullinary geniuses of Stanley and Ruth who had done a fantastic job all week and we are in for some seriously good food at the next few Camps if they started as they mean to go on! A big thank you to Stanley and Ruth for all their hard work during the week.

Bun and Mark getting phscyed for the Afternoon

Stanley and Ruth, best newcomers to Camp!

Gavin makesafunnyfacewell

We got some Spinnies in before Friday Lunch too

Excitement was building for the Games

Alice showing off her Paintball Battle Scars

Weird Head Massager thing!

And so the Games began...

A big well done to Mary who organised the Afternoon!

Robert and Lorna

Great action shot of Strob

Calvin's Forfeit

Pete claimed the bragging rights from the Afternoon!

And so, it came to the climax of Camp, the Friday evening activity, the legendary Senior Camp concert, with Joel and Steelo the hosts, who knew what crazy theme they would decide to use this year…

Minutes later, two highly fake tanned men were standing in front of us blowing their Vuvuzela’s and speaking in what sounded like a geordie accent, I knew it would be a good night from then on. The crowd enjoyed a good range of Concert acts that night, musical talents were displayed from Rachel Throne and Gareth McFarland, ‘Mall Favourites’ Chris Hughes, Michael Hamilton and Mark Armstrong tried to break some records, King Agabubu made an appearance and Jonny read a poem in the usual style of Frances McCollum.

My favourites however were Ali Rolleston and Cromie performing a wonderful duet with a tribute to Pete Fallows in there; as well as the game of Mr and Mrs, including the Robbs, the Curries, Andy Morrison and Erin McCollum and Brenna ‘Cheeky Face’ McEwen and Hayley ‘Duck Pond’ Rolleston.

All in all, it turned into a decent concert with a few good laughs here and there. A big thanks must go to the Committee who made it such a special week and also to Robert and Lynn Robb who saw out their 3 year tenure as Camp Leaders, a good job done by both and they can now relax as we all look forward to the Herron’s who will be next years.

Joel and Steelo

Lean on Them

Mr and Mrs Winners

Trinity CY need some one to love them....any one?

Anselm and Brendan

He did regret one line....

Warren the Concert Winner!

On the last night walk, I struggled to think how quickly the week had flown by, reunited with many good friends, making new ones, learning loads, having such good craic. To be honest I think a second week would have been amazing, but it did have to come to an end, and after the ‘SEE YEEE’S’ on Saturday Morning, I knew that this Camp was well and truly over. So many good memories to cherish, this Blog report sadly can’t contain them all.

My verse of the week was Psalm 27:13-14 which we sang at Worship on Friday evening, and I shall leave you with this:

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!

Saying Goodbyes

Sad to be leaving

We made up in the end...

Offering a last bit of Cheesecake around

On the Bus Home

Bravo Senior Camp. Over and Out.

Senior Camp 2010 News

10 Apr

Global warming has done away with the old pictures of polar bears

The Summer Camps application form is out this weekend and here are the details for Senior Camp (16+).

Senior Camp

Dates: 3rd-10th July 2010

Venue: Royal School Armagh

Leaders: Robert and Lynn Robb

Cost: £160

Speaker: Rev. Albert Baxter (1st Portglenone Presbyterian Church of Ireland)

Google has revealed some information on the speaker from his church’s website:

“Albert Baxter was installed as the Minister of 1st Portglenone on 1st March 1985.
Albert grew up in Castlewellan (Co. Down) and was educated at Castlewellan Primary, Down High School (Downpatrick), Queens University (Belfast) and Union Theological College (Belfast). He served a 3-year assistantship in Ballyclare Presbyterian Church before being called to 1st Portglenone.
He is currently the only salaried member of staff in the Church here (with the exception of a part-time organist and a part-time caretaker).
Albert led Scripture Union Camps for a number of years, as well as overseeing the work of the Presbyterian Church’s Summer Outreach Teams throughout Ireland.He has one very unusual hobby – He drives tour-coaches for a local Coach Company!
Our Minister lives in the Manse (the house provided by the Church)”

Update: You can learn more about Albert Baxter in an interview in the next Messenger Magazine.

Listen to Albert Baxter- Why Are We Waiting So Long For Revival?

Download mp3

Senior Camp 2009

Senior Camp Reunion Talks Online

24 Feb

(HT: Carla’s blog, she’s also got some new photos from the weekend)

The spiritual food was even better!

Warren Peel’s talks are now available to download. They’ve appeared on the RPC website only shortly before the Messenger report of the weekend (rumours suggest you might get it this Sunday). If you were there you’ll undoubtedly be eager to listen again and if you missed Reunion don’t spurn the opportunity to put these on your mp3 player.

Prayer as Spiritual Warfare

Be a Good Soldier of Jesus Christ

Know your Enemy

Fight the Good Fight

(If you need any more encouragement to listen check out Philip’s summaries of the talks)

Senior Camp Reunion 2010

10 Feb

Post by Cromie, captions from James and photo selection from Andy. Now with more photos.


– People arrive. People note the absence of two siblings of two AK authors and put 2 + 2 together.

– Warren sets the bar pretty high with the first of three ultra-challenging talks on prayer. I honestly can’t remember being rebuked and chastened as much as this by the talks at any previous reunion. Throughout the weekend, Warren urges us to resolve to transform our prayer lives, starting now, to rely on the most important weapon in our arsenal as we enter into spiritual warfare. We’ll link the talks once they appear online. Essential listening.

– The end of an era. Offy’s final quiz. Johnny and I form the two-man Tír Chonaill Titans, only to be spurned by several other people joining. Settling for an infinitely inferior name, (The Team Formerly Known As Prince) fails to do justice to the mass of intellectual potential we assembled, and finishes joint third. Other highlights include giving people marks out of 100, and glamorous assistant Claire Wilson losing all of her credibility by citing the Daily Mail as her source on what is a spice and what isn’t.

Cromie does an impersonation of Aaron Bell

The girls were queuing up for Tom.

– Interrogation commences in Room 17, with disappointing, if predictable, results.

– How do you like your coffee?

The food cooked by the Wilsons was outstanding

Quiz time


Porridge. What a delicious innovation.

Robert gives porridge the thumbs up

– Warren delivers his second talk. I don’t want to go into detail, because it would be better if you just listened to each of them.

LGS Pete Fallows loses 3-22 to Ballymena Academy, sending shockwaves through the world of schools rugby.

Invictus Pete making yet another tackle

– Ben and I don’t go back to play for Grange 2nds, due to a mechanical catastrophe befalling the Flowermobile. Thankfully, Saturday afternoon football at Ballyclabber is a more than adequate replacement. Michael Hawthore and Jordan Armstrong put in stand-out performances, Tim emulates Jens Lehmann, and the possibility of a transfer to Bayern Eunuchs is opened up for Andy Mo. Sporty girls and Luke play v’ball in the hall, other girls go shopping, while others still stay behind in Ballintoy to watch some predictably lame egg-chasing.

Waiting for a football to be acquired

Pete about to munch Steelo

Girls doing whatever girls do

Spoilt for choice

They like him for his wit.

– After dinner, another excellent schooling from Warren. Listen.

– Saturday Night Take-Away is replaced by a murder mystery, which actually turns out to be quite compelling. My dreams of becoming a hotshot detective are dashed when I run out of ideas after just one question. Sadly, the final result is an anti-climax, as girl-scout Chip is found guilty, with his murder motive pretty confusing. Rev. Brian Rankin disgracefully gets off scot free.

The line up

Quizing Lawyer Debs

– Robert Robb makes a “joke” at the expense of the previous camp leaders, resulting in widespread bemusement, especially from their offspring present.

– The departure of my two favourite committee members, Offy and Brian, is confirmed. Tears are choked back.

A brief visit from bearded Joel

– Another King hereby apologise to anyone who was disturbed by certain people and their eating styles over the weekend. It won’t probably will happen again.

– Interrogation continues in Room 17, with disappointing, if predictable, results. Also, we are only sort of shown a good time.

Luke and Tim


– Ballymoney is our destination for morning worship today. However the timetable isn’t changed from last year’s debacle, meaning we are left with enough time to get to Limavady.


– Sara McMullan earns my eternal respec’ for her drawing skills.

– The ladies of Ballymoney provide a cracking lunch. Sadly, John doesn’t do the vote of thanks.

– Following a cracker Psalm-sing, people go home.

*The main points from Rev. Warren Peel’s talk are available on MI7:7*