Journey – a youth ministry first from Connor Diocese

Wednesday November 21st 2018

Young people from Connor Diocese have developed a ground-breaking resource written entirely by young people for young people.

Thirteen young authors from parishes across the diocese have come together as Connor Youth Forum to develop a discipleship resource which they envision being used by small groups of young people.

The resource is entitled Journey to convey that young people can use it to explore faith together as they grow in their discipleship.

Diocesan Youth Officer, Christian Baillie, has been working to facilitate the group of young people as they undertook this exciting initiative.

Christina said: “I have loved seeing the ambition of the young people involved to do something which we believe has never been done before, creating a small group discipleship resource entirely written by young people.

“Seeing our young people write from the perspective of what would benefit other young people like them has been hugely beneficial. They have grappled with themes which have been important in their own discipleship and we are so excited to share it with young people across the diocese and beyond.”

The resource is written in six chapters which can be followed by groups of young people. The authors hope it will be easy to understand as it is written in a way that young people will connect well with.

Each chapter includes Bible passages, suggested songs, teaching, prayer points and a story from one of the young people.

Initially the resource will be available for free across Connor Diocese, with the aim of making it available for wider distribution across the UK. The resource has been funded by the Church Of Ireland Orphans’ And Children Society.

Journey is being launched on Friday November 23 at 7pm in Lisburn Cathedral. At the launch, the young people will speak about how they put the resource together and how they imagine it being used across the diocese.

One of the authors, Louise, writes in the introduction:

“We don’t know everything either, so can’t answer all of your questions, but we hope that after reading this resource you will feel equipped with wisdom and be able to confidently face whatever challenges you may encounter on your journey of faith.”

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