Christ the Redeemer held its second Youth Ministry Event for the RE 2015-2016 year on Sunday November 1st. Barbara McAdams, Confirmation Retreat Leader from the Benedictine Pastoral Center and parishioner of Good Shepherd in Alexandria, reprised her leadership role and gave a presentation entitled “We Leap for Joy: Discipleship.”
The evening opened with an ice-breaker activity with a Wubble-Ball, an oversized, stretchy, rubber ball. Similar to a beach ball or balloon. Teens and adults were invited to form a circle with some players in the middle. The object of the game was to keep the ball off the ground. If it went out, whoever missed the shot would take their place in the middle. But, as games like these are flexible, many preferred to be on the outer ring, while a few enjoyed being in the center.
The beginning of the activities overlapped with the end of the last mass for ALL SAINTS DAY. The outer lobby was a frenzy of activity with the CTR Social Justice Committee offering Fair Trade Holiday gifts, the beginning of a gently used jacket and shoe drive, and the start of the November/Holiday Season drives typical of the parish. Curious adults, including some catechists found their roles inverted as they sat or stood like awkward adolescents outside the circle wondering if they would join the group or how they would fit in.
After the ice-breaker, Barb gathered the group into a prayer circle and used the familiar “Confirmation Reading” of the Feast of Pentecost to center the group. The scripture chosen was two-fold. First, it was applicable to many of the youth gathered, who were themselves in the process of preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. Second, it became the jump off point to discuss themes of Discipleship.
Following the prayer and scripture meditation, two separate biblical quotes were chanted several times over. It was not immediately clear why this was being done. However, afterwards, the group counted off and separated into two teams. Each team took one of the biblical quotes and went on a scavenger hunt around Atonement Hall where various index cards with words hand been placed. Each team raced to find their cards and then assemble them into the correct order of their scripture quote.
After this activity, Barbara led the group through a physical demonstration of the role that Prayer and the Holy Spirit can play in our lives and assist us in our discipleship roles. The demonstration was accompanied by more scriptural readings and a PowerPoint slide presentation. Following the physical demonstration, the group broke up into smaller groups where they discussed the evening’s activities with the adult leaders. They also took a snack break.
The final activity involved a word jumble puzzle. The first person to correctly complete the puzzle and unscramble the final phrase on discipleship won a prize (an oversized bag of Halloween candy).
The next Youth Ministry Event is a field trip to Emmitsburg, MD to visit the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and the Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton. Adult Leaders are welcome and needed. A permission form is needed for all participating Grade 7-12 students. It is available here.
The field trip will be the last Youth Ministry Event for 2015. Plans are in the works for a January 3 and January 24 event in 2016. Mark your calendars. Youth and Youth Leaders are always welcome to attend. For more information on Youth Ministry Activities, please contact Jay Cuasay at email@example.com.