NEWCOMERS to youth ministry and those in need of “a jump start” to the year should mark February 21 in their diaries.
The third Saturday in February is set aside for training at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) Banyo Campus, hosted by Brisbane archdiocese’s Youth and Children’s Ministry Team.
Team member Carole Danby said the opportunity is one she has “long dreamed about”.
“We’re excited to have an essential place for training where parishes can send their (youth) teams along,” she said.
“To have that whole coming together, to have that richness … and for people to be commissioned for their ministries.”
Mrs Danby said the experience would commence with “inspirational and creative prayer” followed by a keynote address from Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby centred on the theme of “Jesus, Communion, Mission”.
A choice of 27 workshops, nine presented at a time at three different intervals will explore “formation, frameworks, resources and creative strategies for engaging in ministry with children and young people”.
Among the list of workshops is “Ministry in Music” presented by Anne and Michael Mangan, “Ministering to the Young and Digitally Aware” by Kerry Rush, “Discerning Vocations with Young People” by Mark Lysaght and “Empowering Young People for Ministry” by James Garrahy.
Mrs Danby said the training day would also be an opportunity for new members of the Youth and Children’s Team Liz Anderson and Angela McMullin to meet others.
The women, who commenced their part-time appointments on January 13, are members of Kedron and Carina parishes, respectively.
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