Connor Youth Forum held its first event – a residential meeting on the north coast – on February 26 & 27.
Members of the Youth Forum began to draft a logo and consider ways of influencing their own parishes. They planned events they can organise across the diocese, and had great fun in the process.
The Youth Forum’s first six members are excited at the possibilities ahead and are looking forward to inviting more young people from across the diocese to get involved. The Forum’s next gathering will be on Saturday April 9.
Engage Connor Youth was represented by leaders who facilitated sessions over the weekend but with the discussions being directed by the young people. Lucy Burden, Stuart Moles and Danielle McCullagh are all studying at Church of Ireland Theological Institute. Their advice was invaluable as they encouraged the young people and helped to set the scene for the impact that the Youth Forum could have.
Christina Baillie, Diocesan Youth Officer for Connor, is assisting in facilitating the Youth Forum gatherings. “It was a privilege to see these young people discussing this opportunity with expectancy that it can be used by God within the diocese,” Christina said.
“My hope is to see young people engage with their local parishes as well as discussing issues and actions for across the diocese. We hope to have young people from as many parishes as possible to help us to hear the voice of young people in various situations.”
Engage Connor Youth and the Youth Forum would like to thank the Rev David Ferguson and the Parish of Ramoan for the generous use of the Parish Centre for the Youth Forum sessions.