Hello Youth Workers,
My name is Jenn Tarbutton and I was one of the emcees on stage at ASCENT. I started working at Ridgepoint Church (formally known as First MB Church, Wichita) as Middle School Director in August of 2020. I started working with USMB Youth last November and I have been a part of the planning team since. I was asked by the ASCENT planning team if I would be interested in emceeing this year’s ASCENT camp. Of course, I said yes! I enjoyed going up on stage showing my goofy side and connecting with many leaders and students during this week of camp.
My favorite part as emcee was when students drank all the different mixtures of drinks that Mike and I have made for one of our stage games. I also appreciated the patience and flexibility everyone had when we had to change schedules. This week had its challenges but also its praises.
This year as we embraced the challenges that came with 2020 we were finally able to go to camp. After planning ASCENT for nearly over a year we arrived in Glorieta, NM. Different from YouthCon when we were last at Glorieta we were on a different side of the camp. Prior to camp, the planning team knew that things can change, there could be challenges and but overall the Lord will do His work at camp in our student’s lives. Well, things definitely changed and we for sure faced some challenges, but God was ever so faithful to us in the midst of everything that was coming our way.
We had many schedules and time changes that we all had to adjust to, we had no AC, no coffee in the shops, and even a power outage. All of us on the planning team worked around all of these different changes and did our best to keep camp at a steady pace. We still felt the heaviness of one thing happening after another. With no AC we bought and consumed over 3000 water bottles. Thankfully we were able to provide enough water for leaders, students, band members, our speaker, and even an illusionist! God provided in more ways than one this week of camp and all praise goes only to Him. We thank all the sponsors, colleges, churches, pastors, leaders, and students who helped make this year’s ASCENT possible.
USMB Youth & ASCENT 2021 Emcee
ASCENT 2021 was the first-ever national summer camp for high schools for the U.S. Mennonite Brethren conference. Overall we think it was a success! God moved, people came to Christ, students deepen their relationship with God and each other. It will be a camp very few will forget, like on night two having the power go out throughout the entire camp 30 minutes before the session will start and having everyone move outside was stressful on the planning team’s part, but it ended up being one of the most powerful moments at camp. Thank you to everyone who prayed, planned, served, sang, and helped make ASCENT 2021 an impactful week!
We have started to collect photos and videos from anyone who attended ASCENT and we need your help! Below are some links where we are asking people to upload any photos and videos they think are good to share. And we even uploaded all of the white water rafting pictures from our trip! Our goal is to plan on making a recap video with all the footage we found.
And feel free to download any pictures you might want to use for ministry! If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer church camp has always been a part of my life since I was in elementary school. Now around eight years later, two years into college, I cannot stay away from camp.
I love seeing how my church camp journey has come full circle. I started as a student, being poured into by men and women who chose to give up time to help me in my faith journey. Now, I am honored to be the one who gets to pour back in those coming after me.
This summer I am participating in a Mennonite Brethren Church’s summer intern program as a youth intern. Being the summer intern has provided the opportunity to council as a leader at both a middle school camp and ASCENT, the high school camp, both were learning experiences for me.
At the beginning of June, we went to middle school camp. At middle school camp, I was able to get to work closely with fellow councilors and students.
Being able to come back to camp has been one of the best experiences I have had the pleasure to take part in. The chance to pour out the things God has poured into me is a special part of being a counselor.
To see God at work in students’ lives is one of my favorite parts of being a counselor. It is amazing to see how God is working in the students at ASCENT.
Seeing students at camp meet Jesus in ways they never have before excites me and makes me appreciate the blessing that church summer camps are.
I also got to council at ASCENT. ASCENT was a much different experience as a counselor. At high school camp, I was able to experience a more behind-the-scenes role.
Being behind the scenes gave me a perspective on how much people work to make the experience as great as possible for the students attending. Those who are behind the scenes work so hard to give the students a transformational experience.
Both experiences helped me learn so many new things about myself, about the students I got to know, I most importantly, how God is still moving through summer camp.
Tabor College Student and Summer intern for Ridgepoint Church