The vibrant youth presence could be felt as you entered mass at Our Lady of Mercy Girrawheen on Saturday night. The noticeably young congregation came together for the parishes first youth mass. The members of the newly formed youth choir wore T-shirts branded with their youth group name SOUL POWER. And true to name, their music brought a soulful and powerful flair, culminating in a joyful rendition of “this little light of mine” for the recessional.
Following Mass the parish hall was filled with over 30 teenagers and young adults for the official launch of the youth group. After filling up on pizza, the group got straight into an evening of games. These broke the ice, helped to get to know each other and made for a bit of a laugh. Youth Leaders Russel, Amanda, Rachel, and Kaylene led the games before presenting to the group their vision and plan for Soul Power.
Teens are looking forward to the upcoming fortnightly youth group meetings; where they’ll break open the faith, build real friendships, and have a heap of fun! They’re especially looking forward to next month’s excursion, the location of which was put to a vote. At the end of the night it was a tie between bounce and laser tag, but a second count confirmed laser tag as the winner.
The Youth group was the result of an initiate of the parish council in which they sought to listen to and understand the youth of their parish. A survey was conducted followed by a discussion and ideas night facilitated by Catholic Youth Ministry. The upshot of this was that young people wanted a youth group full of excursions and fun activities, to use their musical talents, and of course eat copious amounts of food.
Suitable youth leaders were recruited and underwent training with Catholic Youth Ministry. These leaders have been working hard for the last several months preparing for the launch. A flurry of passion, excitement, and I’m sure a little stress ensued as leaders combined their time a talents, planning, preparing, and promoting the youth group. These efforts came to fruition on the night, with teenagers filing out of the hall at end of the night with smiling faces, full bellies and saying “see you in two weeks”!
We look forward to seeing Soul Power grow and transform the parish and the teens involved. We’re sure the future of Soul power will be nothing short of well, powerful.
Anyone interested in joining Soul Power can contact Youth Coordinator Russel: firstname.lastname@example.org
0420 759 711