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.
Kairos' Healing & Reconciliation group held its 9th Covenant Chain Link activity in Ottawa this October. The theme was Reconciliation in Action OR Reconcili_ACTION.
The event itself was a 2-day event, but the first day (October 19th) was open to youth from across the region. Over 80 people attended and were treated to a remarkable day.
After an official opening by the Committee Chair, Master of Ceremonies, and Elders, the floor was turned over to the keynote speaker Theland Kicknosway. Theland is a 15-year old, Grade 10 student who had just returned from a presentation to the UN in Geneva, and came to CCL-IX to share his thoughts about reconciliation. Afterwards, he called on volunteers to come and learn the basics of Hoop Dancing.
Afterwards, participants broke into smaller groups and attended different workshops where they learned more about Indigenous peoples, treaties, or could do a Blanket Exercise which had been developed by youth from Cornwall!
A fun time for all - and an event that will be repeated in 2019!
What is our Church policy re working with youth and other vulnerable people? Why is the issue important? How does it impact our ministry?
A Leading with Care workshop for youth leaders was held in September at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Cornwall and in October at Trinity, Kanata.
Participants learned why the issue is important, and how it affects church dealings with vulnerable people in our congregations. They learned that it was not simply a matter of how many youth leaders were needed for special events or what was appropriate and inappropriate behaviour. They learned that Leading with Care also involves safety in terms of building maintenance, signage, and emergency procedures. Using case studies and lots of discussion, participants explored how the policy affected what they did, as well as exceptions and modifications.