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YOU ARE MINE Youth Weekend

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Koinonia John the Baptist Ireland

189 Carnlough Road

Broughshane

BT43 7JW

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God loves you & has a plan for your life!

AND NOTHING IS BETTER IN LIFE THAN SAYING YES TO GOD’S CALL! BUT IT ISN’T ALWAYS EASY TO HEAR HIM, OR HAVE THE COURAGE TO STEP INTO THE ADVENTURE GOD HAS PLANNED!

Fr. Alvaro will lead us through a weekend of fun, activities and teaching all geared to hearing that special call that God has for us.

Who’s on the team?

It is GREAT that Fr. Alvaro has agreed to join us for our weekend. You’re going to love him! He leads with fun and enthusiasm, and he’s looking forward to meeting and spending time with you… He has heard about the great group of young people in the FEARLESS project, and now he’ll have the chance to meet you all in person.

Fr Alvaro currently serves as Pastor General of Koinonia (the president of the worldwide family of Koinonia communities). Before this he held a variety of pastoral roles and set up the Koinonia in the Czech Republic. Five years ago, Fr Alvaro had the vision to set up a consecrated community here in Ireland, sending Christine and another sister to the Braid to set the foundations.

His first ministry in the community was as youth minister in our foundation house in North Italy. He’s awesome, and you really will enjoy whatever he has to offer at the beginning of February.

Along with Fr. Alvaro, the weekend will be led by the group of leaders who you’ll know from Summer Madness. Francis will join us from Italy for the weekend, and music ministry will be led by Simona (who’s already in Ireland) and Marielle (who will move to the Braid at the end of January)!

Where will we be staying?

The youth weekend will take place in the Parish of the Braid, where our consecrated community is based. We’re very blessed to have the Slemish Barn, a great country hostel within five minutes walk from the parish facilities.

Some people get a bit scared when they hear that they’ll be in hostel accommodation. For those who have shared tents at Summer Madness, this is like 5-star glamping. For those who aren’t used to sharing, the rooms are smaller than normal hostels and it feels very much like home. There is a variety of games and music equipment in the barn and there’s no doubt that the evenings will include freetime for xbox battles, table football championships or karaoke! For those who need some chillout time, there are plenty of nooks and crannies to read or snooze. If you’ve a favourite team board game let us know, and bring it along!

Safeguarding your Safety and Fun

Koinonia Ireland put in Down and Connor’s safeguarding policies in all it’s youth activities, and this will be the same for the overnight element of the weekend. Leaders will be on hand to motivate a bit of fun at the hostel, and are you first point of contact if you have any worries or concerns. The same counts for the formal elements of the programme.

Once you have registered, we will send you a registration form and a parental permission slip. This should be sent back to us with your deposit. If you decide to join us for the weekend, you’ll be asked to agree to a group “contract” which will outlines rules and responsibilities for all of us. When you arrive, we’ll have a short chat about the agreement and you’ll get the chance to add anything else that will ensure an atmosphere for faith and fun.

So the only risk you need to take is to register, and then participate in what will be a fun and inspirational weekend

How do I register?

It will be a great team for a great weekend. All we need is you now! Residential places are limited and filling up fast. Our advice? Register your interest now here on the website. Feel free to ask any question you might have.

We want you to experience the full residential experience. However, if you can’t make the full weekend there is an option to join us for the Saturday sessions (9am – 10pm).

Once again, places are limited, and we’d encourage you register today.

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