Over 200 youth and young adults from parishes, schools and communities around Perth gathered at Seton Catholic College last Friday evening, 16th of Aug for a youth event.
Ignite Live in Perth has made a name for itself in the local Christian scene with contemporary christian music, humorous video presentations, dynamic presenters and the prayer experience it offers the attendees.
Last Friday, we witnessed the biggest Ignite Live yet, as over 200 young people attended the much hyped event. Students from Kolbe Catholic College, Chisholm Catholic College and other participating schools came in numbers. Southern Parishes also came in support of the event bringing their youth groups from Thornlie, Canning Vale and Bateman.
Host school Seton Catholic College provided many student volunteers who helped in various roles through out the evening, creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere for those attending.
The evening began with some live music from the Ignite house band , which led to a special Q and A and word association with a very adventurous and honest Bishop Don Sproxton. The entertaining exchange from Ryan Shelton and Bishop Don was much appreciated by the crowd as the loud applause and laughter echoed throughout the venue.
The theme for this Ignite Live was ‘One Direction’. Ronan McGinnis, coordinator of Ignite Live Perth and speaker gave an eye-opening talk on trusting God and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in our lives.
Joelle L’Aiguille, a first time attendee at Ignite Live Perth said, “What I took away from Ronan’s talk is how it is paramount that we put our 100% trust in God and let Him guide our way.”
Parish Youth Leader from Bateman, Josh Low also said, “It made me think a lot harder about God’s will for me. What Ronan mentioned encouraged me to really let go and let God take the wheel, or as Ronan put it, let God control the wheelbarrow across the tightrope of life.”
The highlight of the evening was the Eucharistic Adoration led by Bishop Don. You could hear a pin drop in the room as the 200 plus young people gazed in awe at the presence and majesty of Jesus in the Eucharist.
The session ended with the band leading the congregation to more vibrant music and spontaneous dancing which escalated into some loud cheers from the crowd.
Many stayed back still buzzing from the energy of the event and shared their experience with one another, while others danced joyfully as DJ Raf showcased his skills on his mixer, playing current and popular dance music.
The night was well summed up by Trevor Fernando, youth leader at Lockridge Parish. “Ignite was a great event. The talk got us thinking about how much we need to trust God, and we had the magnificent opportunity to bring this to Jesus himself in Eucharistic Adoration.”
The next Ignite Live Perth will be on the 16th of October which will be held at Prendiville Catholic College.
For more details about Ignite Live Perth and to connect to awesome people of Ignite Live, visit their FB page here.