A good weekend was enjoyed by all who attended Spring Madness Adventure Weekend for secondary school students at BCM Centre, Castledaly, Athlone, Co. Westmeath from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March. There was a mixture of activities throughout the weekend such as karting at Galway City Karting, Pure Skill Indoor Sports Activity Centre Galway, Swimming, Slides and Inflatable Obstacle Course at Leisureland Galway. There were also some good onsite activities included such as icebreaker games, table quiz, manhunt, capture the flag, human football and movie night. The theme for worship times was “Journeys”. We looked at the journey of Jesus during his life. We also reflected on our personal life journeys by reflecting and looking back at past events including faith events and plans for the future with the inclusion of faith journey.
On the weekend of Friday 13th – 15th April, a group of 10 – 13 year olds came together for the Midlands Alive Junior Weekend at the Faith Mission Centre in Durrow, Co. Laois. The weekend started off with the usual icebreaker games, as well as worship. The worship theme for the weekend was ‘Live Life to the Full with Jesus’ which involved looking at our lives so far, our dreams for the future and our life of faith. A wide variety of activities was also included in the programme such as Splatball, Bubble Soccer & Hell’s Kitchen Assault Course at Kilkenny Activity Centre, Bowling, Laser Quest and Roller Skating Disco at Roll & Bowl Portlaoise, Swimming with Inflatable’s at Portlaoise Leisure Centre as well as games and disco onsite. The weekend concluded on Sunday after a fantastic weekend.
Annual General Meeting
The Diocesan Youth Council A.G.M. also took place at the Basement Meeting Room, Richmond Terrace, Limerick on Saturday 21st April. At the start of the meeting a short time of prayer was led by Rev. Charles McCartney (Clonfert Group). After various reports followed by discussion the elections were held. The following were elected to the committee for the forthcoming year:
- Chairperson – Nicola Downes (Castletown Parish)
- Treasurer – Edward Hardy (Banagher)
- Secretary – Andrew O’ Brien (Castleconnell)
- Public Relations Officer – Oscar Egbulam (Limerick City)
- Limerick Representatives – Laura Cooke (Kilpeacon) and Valerie Walker (Croom)
- Killaloe Representatives – Vacant * 2
- Ardfert Representatives – Ciara Fitzell, Vacant * 1
- Board of Mission Representative – Canon Jane Galbraith (Roscrea)
- Ordinary Committee Members – Beverly Callendar (Kilpeacon), Kieran Sparling (Limerick City), Vacant * 3
The following are also members of the committee:
- President – The Venerable Wayne Carney (Birr)
- Villiers School Representative – Awaiting Confirmation.
- Diocesan Council – Awaiting Confirmation.
Children’s Ministry Training & Resources Day
The Diocesan Council for Mission with Lydia Monds and Lynn Storey from Children’s Ministry Network are organising a Training and Resources day at Great National South Court Hotel, Castletroy, Limerick City on Saturday 26th May 2018 from 9.45 am to 4.30 pm. This day is particularly aimed at all those involved in Children’s Ministry. The cost of the day will be €20 which will include all refreshments, lunch and training. Booking is essential on or before Friday 18th May 2018 to Edward Hardy texting/calling on 087/2907553 or e-mailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diocesan Confirmation Weekend
Our United Diocesan Confirmation Weekend will take place this year from Friday 1st – Mon 4th June 2018 (June Bank Holiday Weekend) at Muckross Youth Village, Killarney, Co.Kerry It is hoped to be a joint event with Diocese of Tuam, Killala & Achonry. We do hope that it will be possible to offer transport to those attending from our Diocese this year from the following locations: Roscrea, Moneygall, Nenagh, Birdhill, Limerick, Adare, Newcastlewest & Farranfore.
Who can come? Anyone who was confirmed during 2017 or 2018 as well as anyone awaiting Confirmation this year from throughout either United Diocese and beyond. If anyone feels that it might be easier to come with a friend from their local area even if not for Confirmation that would be fine too. The weekend will be an ideal chance to get to meet other Confirmation Candidates from throughout either United Diocese and possibly from other Dioceses!
Why come? Confirmation is a time to stand up and be counted; a time to make a clear statement about who you are and whose you are; a time to make a serious commitment about your place in the Family of God. To help you make your commitment, an exciting, dynamic and enjoyable worship programme will be on going throughout the weekend. We are delighted that Steve Grasham Youth Ministry Development Officer with Church of Ireland Youth Department has agreed to come to lead teaching times during the weekend.
What else is on offer? This weekend also includes a splendid line up of other activities including: Icebreaker Games, Watersport activities at Ballyhass Activity Centre (www. ballyhasslakes.ie) to include Munster’s largest, newest, most challenging and exciting wipe out style Aquapark & 160 m Zipline over Ballyhass lake, Gladiator Course & Leap of Faith, Superb range of Outdoor activities at Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre (www.cappanalea.ie) to include rock climbing abseiling & kayaking, Torc Waterfall, Hiking Trip, Manhunt, Disco, Table Quiz, Charades, Games, Good Food ,And much more FUN, FAITH and FELLOWSHIP than one could ever imagine……..
How Much? The weekend will cost €100 per person and this will include all transport during weekend including return transport to/from event, food, activities and accommodation. Final Date for receipt of bookings is Friday 25th May 2018.