We affirm Confirmation and all it stands for in the life of young people...
The Confirmation overnight takes place every year in February. It is a cheap and short stay away from home which brings faith alive through snappy talks, fun games and new forms of worship. This format makes it accessible to those for whom a weekend is too much of a step.
To deepen faith in the lives of young people who are getting confirmed, in a fun and relaxed environment with people their own age and leaders they can relate to.
Short times of worship with snappy talks at the front which lead into small group discussions about the topic.
How it meets the diocesan strategy:
Deeper: This event aims to deepen faith through focussed and intentional discussion about how faith is relevant to them. It has a biblical foundation by which scripture is brought to them through the talks and small group activities.
It has a seeker sensitive approach with the expectation that participants are not grounded in their faith, and may be hearing some things for the first time.
Closer: In bringing young people from across the diocese, there is power in numbers alone. When young people realise they are not the only ones going through this process, and share experiences and stories with others this can really bring them closer to God as they realise faith is not a lonely place.
It is hoped through what may be their first interaction with diocesan youth work, they will then come to other events as they join in the DRY family by remaining in touch though facebook and twitter and their parishes advertising events.
Wider: Though this event may trigger something in the minds of the participants to share their faith, this is not the designed intent.