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EQUIP 17 by Gruffydd

It’s always a blessing to spend time with other Christians, as it’s often an opportunity to catch-up with old friends. But more importantly than that, it allows us to encourage each other in our walk with Jesus Christ. In fact, Equip at Coleg y Bala was a great opportunity to do just that, but also to learn more about God and His ways, spending time in His presence and worshipping Him.

The weekend’s theme was that of ‘faith, hope and love,’ and on the Friday evening, Gareth Lloyd and Mark Vening were interviewed, where they shared their personal experiences of God working in their lives. It was wonderful to hear them speak about God’s work and how the themes of faith, hope and love are interwoven and work together to show the true glory of God. On Saturday morning, Andy Ollerton spoke about hope, and mentioned how we often put our hope in earthly things. But he referred to 1 Peter 1: 3-4, where it’s written:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you…’

The message was clear that Jesus is the only one who can offer us true hope. Following on from this, Gareth Lloyd spoke in the evening  encouraging us to put our faith and trust in Jesus because only He can offer this true and living hope. Then on the Sunday morning, Arfon Jones spoke about love, reminding us that the main theme of the Bible is in fact God’s love and the way He has clearly demonstrated his great love for us. He also challenged us to consider whether we’ve lost the true meaning of “love” when we say that we love small things, but of course in reality nothing can ever compare with the love that God has for us.

On Saturday afternoon , we had a choice of three seminars led by Arfon Jones, Mark Vening and Rhodri Glyn. I went to Rhodri Glyn’s seminar, where we discussed our role within the church. As young people, we can so often gain from the wisdom and experience of older Christians within our churches but also we’re able to encourage more contemporary developments within our churches, whether through leading modern worship or even by setting up a website or advertising on social media. There’s a reason for the variety of ages within our churches and it’s so that we can work together for the glory of God.

It was also lovely to be able to socialise with friends at Equip, friends who are often living in different parts of Wales. We watched the Wales v Ireland game on Friday night, but a social highlight for many of the lads is always taking part in the big football game on Saturday afternoon on the new Bala Town football pitch. After the game, the Coleg Cafe was open, and the opportunity was had again to socialise over drinks and cakes, before heading to our seminars.

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