Youth from the various North District parishes with Father Cornelius Ching (back row sixth from left) after a board games day at Holy Spirit Church.
Youth communities can be found in almost every church in the local archdiocese. But what about a district community?
In an effort to foster bonding and fellowship among the youth from the North District parishes, a youth camp will be held from Dec 17-20 for all youth, aged 13-25, belonging to parishes from this district – namely the Churches of Christ the King, St Anthony, Risen Christ, Holy Spirit, Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Joseph’s Church (Bukit Timah).
The aim of the camp, to be held at St Anthony’s Church, is also to allow participants to experience a community in the larger Church and the joy of being in this community. “We will also like to help the youth see that although we may be from different parishes and all walks of life, we are still ultimately one universal Church,” said Vanessa Chan Lin, a youth representative from St Anthony’s Church.
The camp is organised by the North District Youth Council (NDYC), made up of youth representatives from most of the churches in the district. Their chaplain is Father Cornelius Ching.
According to the NDYC, the idea for such a camp started a few years ago. The council felt that it would be a great activity for the youth in the district to grow together and support each other outside their parish as a larger Church. However, at that time, the district youth were not familiar with each other, so a few other activities were organised in the past two years before they felt it was the right time for the camp.
Some of these activities included an overnight Lenten Walk in 2017, in preparation for Easter. Starting at 9 pm at St Anthony’s Church, youth from the various North District churches walked through the night until they reached their destination at Holy Spirit Church. Along the way, there were various stops where they engaged in various activities.
On National Day this year, the youth took part in an Amazing Race games day where they had to complete various activities such as a game of captain’s ball and hand out inspirational Christian messages to passers-by.
One other bonding activity saw the youth come together for a board games day at Holy Spirit Church on Sept 29.
Those interested in registering for the camp can go to http://tinyurl.com/ndyouthcamp.