Parish prepares new youth leaders for service

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QUEZON City, May 29, 2014 – Following a recent increase in the number of its youth leaders, a parish organized a team-building activity on May 26 to prepare and consolidate the youth ministry for more service.

“We are hoping to build the youth as future leaders of the church and the nation…We are pushing for a united parish youth ministry,” said parish youth ministry coordinator Jojo Maniquis.

Parish youth ministry leaders have fun during the team-building at Sanctuario de San Vicente de Paul Parish and Shrine basketball court on May 26, 2014. (Photo: Oliver Samson)

About 60 youth leaders, consisting mostly of altar-servers, choir members, and Singles for Christ members from different segments of Sanctuario de San Vicente de Paul Parish, gathered for the one-day team-building.

Part of the team-building was ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door,’ where participants have to enter a small window. Its accomplishment requires communication and cooperation among team-mates, exactly the same things called for by real life ministry, Maniquis explained.

Another activity of the team-building was the formation of a large human cross from the interconnected limbs of the participants. Team mates were blindfolded, relying only on verbal cues among themselves tools to achieve the formation of the figure.

Banking on fun activities and sports as affective channels for strengthening fellowship and commitment, the one-day team building also incorporated ball games into the program, Maniquis said. Basketball and volleyball games followed dinner.

“Aside from the team-building, the fellowship and commitment of parish youth leaders are sustained by other activities,” he added.

The parish also conducts a monthly “Leadership Night” to provide new youth leaders with training and formation, Sanctuario de San Vicente de Paul assistant coordinator Yza De Lara said.

Youth from different segments of the parish also meet monthly to share fellowship, she said. The number of youth who attend the regular activities is growing.

Fr. Vhong Navarro, Sanctuario de San Vicente de Paul Parish youth ministry spiritual adviser, described the youth activities as “journeying together” for God.

As part of the formation of the young people, the parish invites speakers from different religious congregations and other individuals who can be tapped to guide them and facilitate their growth, Fr. Navarro added. (Oliver Samson)

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