A participant of the Treasure Young Adults Encounter Retreat reflects before the Blessed Sacrament. A participant of the Treasure Young Adults Encounter Retreat reflects before the Blessed Sacrament.

Young adults who attended a retreat organised by the Office for Young People (OYP) said it has given them clearer perspectives on how to lead their lives.

The Treasure retreat “gave me the opportunity to reflect on where I am and how I can move forward”, said Ms Cheryl Chee, 24, from the Church of the Holy Spirit.

She now feels more able to “lead a more authentic, mature Christian life in the face of pressures and adversities”.

“I came to Treasure lost; expecting an answer to a worldly problem,” shared Ms Melissa Lim, 23 from the Church of the Holy Cross. But the Lord addressed a spiritual and emotional wound that is far more important.”

Ms Chee and Ms Lim were among the 71 young working adults, aged 21 to 35 years, who attended the fifth run of the Treasure Young Adults Encounter Retreat. It was held at the OYP premises on Lorong Low Koon from Feb 25-28.

Participants and service team members bond over games.Participants and service team members bond over games.During the retreat, participants received input from priests, OYP staff and other lay young adults. 

Fr Jude David spoke of OYP’s intention to equip young working adults to play an active role in the new evangelisation. He said he hopes the number of young adults serving in the Church will continue to grow and new communities of such adults be formed.

There were also sessions on topics such as the love of God the Father, sin and salvation, the Holy Spirit, discipleship and mission.

For the first time, the retreat was coordinated and run by a service team of some 60 members from the growing OYP young adult communities and past Treasure participants.

The areas of service included logistics, food and hospitality, intercession and small group facilitation.

Mr Ian Oei, 31, who had returned to the Catholic faith, shared how he learnt to open his heart to the Lord at the retreat.

Offering words of encouragement to other young adults who have left the Church, he said, “Don’t feel lost and undeserving. The Lord is forgiving and he is always there with open arms.”

OYP reaches out to young people aged 18-35.

The next OYP event is the Nox Gaudii worship session (March 18). The next Treasure retreat will be from Oct 28-31. Visit www.oyp.org.sg or the OYP Facebook page.

By Joyce Yip


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