A GROUP of 10 Brisbane youths is in the middle of planning a weekend for young people that they hope will transform their lives.
Shaun Stewart and Martin Thorsen, two of the organisers of Transforming Fire, a weekend camp to be held at Laidley from October 19-21, said it was important for young people to know they are not alone as young Catholics.
‘I think they just need to know they are not alone in their faith, and be supportive of people with like values,’ said Shaun.
‘There are so many distractions in the world today away from the Lord. People don’t need their fait
h because they’ve got Coke and Nike and all these things they worship instead of the Lord. They just need some support around them and to know they’re not on their own.’
Martin said young people also needed to recognise that they may have to look around to find that support or be proactive in making it happen
‘It’s not like you can just go to anywhere and it’s all set up with a youth ministry there. You’ve got to sort of find it and like me I’m thinking of trying to help start something in my parish.’
Shaun and Martin said the theme for the weekend was for young people not to be afraid to be saints of the new millennium.
They said the weekend would be an opportunity for young adults aged 18-35 to explore the Christian faith in a supportive atmosphere and come to know Jesus in a real and tangible way.
Shaun said events over the weekend would involve music, drama and young people who have experienced God in their lives sharing their own faith through talks and testimonials.
He said the weekend would be co-ordinated by the priests, brothers and sisters of the Missionaries of God’s Love and would cost $80, or $65 for students.
‘That’s for everything, accommodation and food for the weekend and parents should really think about helping their kids with the money if they can’t afford it because look at us, you come back charged up with a stronger faith.’
The weekend will be held at Edmund Park, Laidley. Anyone interested in attending should contact Martin on (07) 3847 4697, Shaun on (0404) 040 272 or Silvia on (07) 3856 3673.
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