Meet the Staff: Alyssa

IMG_2630.jpg

My name is Alyssa Tyson, and I was on the PKF team for Laurelville. My role was to help create a healthy, God-centered, and unified staff culture. I thought this would be a way for me to pour into the staff, but I was so much more filled and poured into while being there. The joy and depth of every staff member were inspiring. We were able to laugh, pray, cry out, have fun, and rejoice with each other. So many people from different backgrounds and situations yet brought together as a family because we all have the same Father. The friendships and relationships that I’ve built are such blessings. Hearing from people even after camp is over has been so encouraging. Each person came into Laurelville with such specific gifts, and when paired with everyone else’s gifts, God was able to flow through his body of people and students came to know him. I saw the blessings of God on this camp, and I believe it is because his followers were obeying His call on their lives. I have been challenged by the staff, speakers, and students to live freely in the life God has given us and to trust that he will take our faithful obedience and will work miracles. I didn’t know where God was taking me next in my adult life journey, but after Laurelville, I’ve been reminded that I don’t need to know all the answers, I just need to follow the One who does have the answers. His promises go with me wherever I will go.

Back to School

school-supplies-knolling_925x.jpg

It's late August, which means you can't go one day without being reminded that a new school year is quickly approaching. Commercials, junk mail, even Instagram ads are all out in full force letting you know that it's officially "Back to School" season. All of the sales and ads are focused on helping you prepare physically for a new school year - maybe you need new notebooks, pencils, and you definitely need a fresh pair of shoes. But it's easy to forget to prepare spiritually for a new school year. 

Summer gives us an excellent opportunity to be distraction free. There's no homework or classes, and you have plenty of time to hang out with your friends and hopefully even go to summer camp. If you came to Surf City this summer, we hope you had a ton of fun and got closer to Jesus at the same time. After camp, it's typical to feel like you're "on fire" for God and really excited about what you learned. But if we're not prepared spiritually, it's easy to lose that excitement once we start the new school year. Here are a few of our favorite ways to keep that summer camp feeling going all year round.

  1. Start a devotional plan. "Devotional plan" can sound intense. Here's our advice: start small and figure out what works best for you. Can't commit to doing a devotional every day? Start with a few days a week and go from there. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you have a free study hall in the middle of the day? Find a time that works for you! Our favorite free Bible app, YouVersion has hundreds of quick devotionals that you can do whenever you have time. The most important thing is to be reading with some consistency.
  2. Make smart friendships. There's a saying, "You are the average of the five people you most associate with." Take a look at who you hang out with the most. Are they people you want to be like? Find people you want to be like and surround yourself with them. Be intentional about the friends you spend most of your time with. Good friends will help you through tough times. 
  3. Get involved in your youth group. Your church's youth group is likely full of students just like you who are figuring life out and want to be more like Jesus. It's hard to think of an event throughout the year that is closer to summer camp than your weekly youth group. Your youth leaders are there each week to hang out with you. Connect with them, and they'll support you throughout the school year!
  4. Bonus. Sign up for Laurelville! Did you know that we run a fall retreat called Laurelville that is just as fun as Surf City but crammed into one nonstop weekend? Ask your youth pastor about signing up for Laurelville.

Surf City 2018 Camp 3

Surf City 2018 has officially come to an end! We had an unforgettable week with Camp 3, and we hope that the relationships and memories made at Surf City continue to grow at home! Remember that God loves you no matter how messy and chaotic your life may seem, and He has a plan to give you a beautiful life. 

 

Here are some of our favorite pictures and the highlight video from the week!

Surf City 2018 Camp 2

Week two of Surf City was filled with so many memories! Remember that the relationships you built at Surf City can live on when you go home. As Benny said, going home can be difficult and can really challenge your faith, but God will fight for you and protect you no matter what you may be facing. 


Here are some of our favorite pictures and the highlight video from the week!

 

Surf City 2018 Camp 1

We had such an incredible first week of Surf City! You can continue to make memories with your friends and leaders who came with you by staying connected in your church, youth group, and with each other. Remember that God is love and that your faith can make a difference in not only your life, but in the lives around you.


Here are some of our favorite pictures and the highlight video from the week!

Meet the Tech Team!

For National Photography Day this year, we wanted to highlight some of the members of the Surf City tech team. As members of the tech team, they usually up super early and go to bed super late. They're the ones responsible for capturing all the best moments at camp. Whether it's that epic tubing wipeout or the band rocking out during club.

We asked some members of the tech team why they're excited to serve this summer. Here's what they said.

 

2017 Surf City Camp 1-001_web.jpg

Caitie Bellotti - Videographer

Capturing video of students at Surf City is such a blessing because you really get to see them at the peak and beginning of their faith! I'm so excited to be returning to Surf City this summer to see so many more people commit to Christ :)

 

Image uploaded from iOS.jpg

Issac Lang - Photographer

I can not wait to shoot for PKF this summer! For the first time as a part of the team, I feel privileged with the opportunity to combine my love of camp with my passion for photography. I am thrilled to use my God-given gifts in this way and reap the blessings of doing so.

Nicole_LVille2015.jpg

Nicole Tobias - Projection & Social Media

When I first joined tech team, I was like, “What am I even doing here?” I didn’t have any video editing skills, wasn’t very crafty with a camera, and I truly thought I had nothing to offer. Then God unveiled a talent I did not know someone could be gifted in: slides. As a camper at PKF, I remember I would always sigh when the slides weren’t right for a song or skit. When you think of slides filled with lyrics and pictures, you don’t think it has a huge impact, but it really does. You could be showcasing someone’s favorite moment at beach day or displaying a bible verse the speaker is reading that changes someone’s life forever. While it may sound like a boring job, it is one of the most exciting jobs I have ever had, and I promise I am moving around with you all to the worship music as best as one can while doing slides. I am excited to come back and do one of the coolest jobs ever and also use my social media skills God has granted me!