Kath Spencer, Archdiocesan Office for Youth
Friday 2 February saw the next crop of up and coming youth leaders come together for the Archdiocesan Office for Youth’s (AOY), Called and Sent: New Horizons camp in Safety Beach.
The three-day camp is designed to equip new youth leaders with the tools they need to plan and build their youth ministry.
Through a series of talks, discussions and workshops, the almost 40 participants from 18 different youth groups learnt skills and took time to plan their year of youth ministry based around the guidelines and goals set out in ‘Anointed and Sent’ the ACBC’s framework document for youth ministry in Australia.
Fr Paul Newton led our first two sessions, inspiring everyone to find joy in ministry and guiding us through his many examples of working with young people over the years.
Fr Paul’s experience and understanding was truly really highlighted when he reminded us all, ‘don’t make the fatal flaw of thinking that youth ministry is about is youth groups… It’s not the case that every parish must have a youth group but they must have youth ministry.’
The weekend isn’t all about listening to talks, there are times for youth group planning, games, Mass, Adoration, Reconciliation and, of course, time to chat and eat.
The weekend wrapped up with Mass celebrated by Bishop Mark Edwards OMI and he commissioned our new leaders for joyful and fruitful 2018.
The camp is a valuable opportunity to share knowledge and learn skills with other youth leaders in the same position.
‘It helped me to identify what my true purpose was in youth ministry,' said Nicki from Caroline Springs' St Catherine of Siena.
The AOY looks forward to working with all the Archdiocese’s parish and youth leaders in 2018’s Year of Youth. If you or your parish require any assistance in developing or growing your youth ministry, contact the team on 9287 5565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
And we thank Bishop Mark Edwards for the additional two photos below, all his own work!