This month we’re delighted welcome Lewis. Lewis has just started his degree in Youth Ministry and Practical Theology at CYM. As part of his course he will be on placement with us for the full 3 years of his course. We’re very excited to see what God has in store for both Lewis and us as a parish.
“Hello, my name is Lewis Mason, and I’m a new placement student. I’m studying Youth Ministry and Practical Theology at CYM. I live in Saintfield but usually only spend the latest hours of night in the town as I’m busy travelling the far and wide of the country most days. I have only recently finished my A levels but instead of taking some time off of education, decided to get stuck right back into education while at the same time serving the Lord on my course. I’m looking forward to quickly becoming part of Derryvolgie’s church community and getting to know everyone who I will be serving alongside and also seeing around the church on a weekly basis.”
The FAB Summer Holiday Club ran from Monday 21 Aug – Friday 25 Aug. A team of volunteers had been trained and were ready to welcome 40 primary aged children over the course of the week. Each evening started at 6.30 with a FAB introduction. Then after a team game, each participant was challenged to attempt 8 different tasks and complete a card. After juice and biscuits, Stephen helped us to think about how God gives us what we need as we go through life. We looked at some B ible stories to help us. (David and Goliath, Jacob’s sleep at the bottom of a Heavenly staircase, Mary who washed Jesus’ feet and Jonah and the whale)
Even though Friday evening was a wash out, ninety children and
parents came to a Family night with BBQ. A big thank you to everyone who gave of their time and helped to bring the good news of Jesus into young lives
Five of our young people attended the Summer Madness festival in Glenarm at the beginning of July. In all there were approximately 1500 people in attendance from all over Ireland. The camping was a bit drier this year. Once up in the morning, there was lots to do. Each day started with a session in the Big Top followed by a host of activities (seminars, sports events and even sailing) After tea, which was once again cooked and supplied by Connor diocese under the watchful eye of Rev Mark Taylor, we benefited from an evening session in the Big Top. It was a great occasion when all involved grew in their faith and were challenged to live as disciples of Jesus. One of the favourite late evening events was the UV disco party following the Big Top. Thank you to the Select Vestry who once again subsidised the cost of the tickets. God willing, we will be there again next year.