Of course, we love to advertise and publicize events the YWG have organized, but we are also pleased to showcase other youth events held in our presbytery.
Each Victoria weekend, our youth have a weekend retreat at Gracefield. This year's theme was Amazing Grace. Each team was given a mascot to take with them in the events. At the end was a slide show of the best pictures from the different teams and one final winning picture selected.
Youth competed in games, climbed ropes, canoed, hiked - and the rain basically held off until we finished. They also tie-dyed T-shirts, took pictures, and led worship.
Our guest speaker this year was Johanna Freer from Youth for Christ.Her talk picked up the theme of life as a race and how hard it is at times to hang in there. One exercise she had was customizing key biblical verses: for example, "God so loved the world that..." (Jn 3:16) became, "God so loved me that ...".
On Sunday, youth walked the labyrinth, did some journalling, or went on a prayer walk. Later, they worked on the worship service which they led, with Johanna preaching.
Music, as always, was an important dimension for the weekend and we thank Gracefield staff with leading both the music, the indoor campfires, and Gracefield's own version of Hollywood Squares.
Thanks to all who came, to all who helped with the event, and to Gracefield for hosting and helping us.