The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, joined the team of young people and leaders preparing to serve on Streetreach at a special commissioning event on June 18.
Streetreach is the Diocese of Connor’s opportunity for youth mission locally, and the young people gathered at the Hub at Queen’s University with their family and friends to commit themselves to serving in north Belfast from July 5-8.
The team will be running kids’ clubs, transforming gardens, visiting care homes, praying for local people and running community festivals.
Bishop Alan invited the young people to follow Jesus’ example in serving others and encouraged them in their willingness to get involved in the project. He prayed a blessing for all present.
The Commissioning Service was led by Lucy Burden from Lisburn Cathedral and concluded by Diocesan Youth Officer, Christina Baillie. It included worship led by Stephen Whitten, Church Army, and Claudio Barguena from Chile who will be leading the Adult Prayer Team supporting the Streetreach team through connecting in prayer across north Belfast.
Connor Youth Council would like to say a massive thank you to all the parishes and parishioners who are supporting Streetreach, whether it be through sending young people to join the team, fundraising or praying.
Youth Officer Christina said: “Your support makes a massive difference to the young people to know the whole Diocese of Connor is backing them!”