Sunday, 28 October 2007

Youth Group

Phew! - the end of another Sunday. Apart from the clocks changing this morning and a man fainting at the beginning of my sermon at one Mass, it was a fairly ordinary Sunday. I've just returned from the young adults group (18-35) which I run every fortnight. We normally start with sung Compline in the semi-darkened church. Then we adjourn for either shared lectio divina, based on the Sunday readings (which the young people organise themselves), or a discussion based on a presentation from one of the members. Then we have refreshments!

At present we're tackling the theme of 'Sanctity and Sexuality'. Last time we looked at chastity; this week we tackled the issue of homosexuality; and next month we're continuing with a session on contraception. The great thing is that these were the topics suggested by the young people, and the discussions have been very fruitful. Tonight there were about 12 people, including two Czechs, an Italian and a couple of Nigerians. Every meeting seems to bring new faces.

I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to these 'youth' groups (a term which I don't particularly like) so I'd be interested to hear what activities you may provide for this age range in your parish.

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Blogger A Simple Sinner said...

A man fainted at the begining of your sermon?

That must have been a very powerful opening!

I hope he is well.

8:43 am  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

Yes it was rather. An ambulance turned up but he seemed OK. It would have been more awkward if he had fainted during the Eucharistic Prayer since the priest isn't really supposed to stop Mass or leave the altar by that stage.

9:39 am  
Blogger Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Wow! Those topics are amazing & just what is needed...i think we had someone faint at one of our Masses..so it wasn't your sermon or anything! lol (Oh this was at the Consecration..)

11:06 am  
Blogger Mark Richmond said...

Hi Fr Nick,

Over in Guildford we arrange dinners (you need someone willing to cook!), walks, social trips and an annual retreat to Merville in France. We also have a monthly rosary and exposition which is popular.

Also, in Lent and Advent we run a scripture reflection group based on the bible readings for that week.

We had thought of running some lectures but weren't sure who to invite... Would you be interested?

ATB

Mark

4:02 pm  
Blogger Ad Cenam said...

Father,
In any of the parishes I attend in Belfast there is nothing to liken what you have started in your parish, not even at the University Chapliancy! Priests seem disinterested at the moment, but who knows what might happen. Keep going!

E

12:47 pm  

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