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Teenagers from across British Columbia gathered together over the Remembrance-day long weekend at Mountain View Summer Camp to worship together, connect with one another and to go deeper spiritually with God.

Centered around the theme "Storyline." The weekend focused on how the "story" of our own lives parallels the stories of the Bible and the ways in which God is at work in our joys, sorrows, successes and even in our failures.

The guest speaker for the weekend was Pastor Lyle Notice, Associate Youth Director for the Alberta Conference. "Keeping it real" was a thread that ran through each of the messages shared by Pastor Notice. Drawing upon the experiences of his own teenage years and the ways in which God pursued him, Pastor Notice built a bridge that helped many of the youth see that their own stories are not that different from the experiences of Bible characters.

Worship music was provided by the youth praise team from the Abbotsford Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Throughout the weekend, teens experienced a level of caring support from their peers that many of them who come from smaller churches don't always get to enjoy. Teens would break into "family groups" and share experiences and learn from one another.

They also participated in a number of adventure challenges that helped them learn to work together and bond as a team. 

On Sunday evening, many young people gave personal testimonies about the struggles and challenges they face. It was an amazing opportunity for each of them to realize that others go through similar challenges and to receive affirmation and encouragement from one another.

By Grant Misseghers, Youth Pastor for Abbotsford Seventh-day Adventist Church & Assistant Youth Director for British Columbia Conference