The age profile of the Diocesan staff has been lowered considerably by the arrival of its newest recruit.
Eighteen year old Eleanor McManus has joined the Diocese as a Student Youth Worker. The young Limavady woman will be attached to Derry and Raphoe Youth (DRY) throughout her three years studying with the Institute for Children & Youth Ministry (CYM), where she is studying Youth and Community Work with Applied Theology.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity,” Eleanor said, on her first day in the post. “Although I’m quite young, I have already been active in youth work at parish and community level, and even abroad.”
Eleanor, who belongs to Drumachose Parish, attended Central Primary School and then Limavady Grammar. She became a Sunday School teacher when she was 13 years of age and joined her local youth group, ‘Limavady Ducks’, when she was 14. In 2013 and 2014 she was part of the Derry and Raphoe Youth team which went to the Czech Republic. “We ran Holiday Bible Clubs for orphans there. It was challenging but I enjoyed the experience immensely.”
Diocesan Youth Officer Martin Montgomery says Eleanor will work strategically with All Saints Clooney Parish in Londonderry during her first twelve months. “During her second and third years she will undertake new placements around the diocese, reaching more rural areas. Her job is to come alongside parishes, support existing youth work and – where possible – develop new initiatives.”
One of Eleanor’s main tasks will be to raise the profile of youth work in parishes. But she will be working with the Diocese, too, shaping its strategy and vision.
Martin says he is excited by Eleanor’s addition to the Diocesan team. “This is a great opportunity for us to invest in one of our young people who can now go on and contribute to our various churches.”
Parishes who are interested in finding out more about becoming a placement in year two and thee should contact Martin at the Diocesan Centre.
Eleanor (left), pictured with her twin sister Emelye. (With David Boyd photobombing in the background)
DRY is going to Letterkenny this Summer from the 8th – 12th July for On The Move.
This event costs £30 and will be involved with light manual work such as litter picking, weeding and fence painting. This event is for young people aged 14+
It is a really valuable experience for young people as faith is translated into action and service. Many young people return to this event year after year which is testimony to how well thought of it is.
All food, transport and a Tshirt is included in this price.
This year we will also have a team from Albany join us, and some from Belfast coming to teach us 'Street Evangelism!'
Items to bring.
Ear plugs (in case someone snores etc)
Old clothes you don't mind getting paint on
Spending money for going to the shop (about £20 max)
Please note the cost is £30.00 - not £35 as incorrectly stated on some forms
Please download the Permission Form and return it to your Rector / Youth leader or DRY office by the 14th June AT THE LATEST. This is the cut off for ordering Tshirts.
On the 20th - 22nd March 2015, 54 people headed off to Rossnowlagh for a fun filled weekend. Tammi Peek returned to the diocese to talk to us all about AUTHENTIC FAITH from the book of James, Peter Thorogood led worship and on Saturday The Surf Project guys came to teach us the art of surfing, and how through it we can come close to God!
Tammi Peek, our speaker, recently moved from Castlederg to Newtownards so she is more than a familiar face. She served on the DRY board for many years so it was great to have her back among us sharing her wisdom and down to earth advice on how to live out authentic faith. She led the young people through the book of James, reminding them of what faith in action looks like, and that if we do not evidence our faith through what we do - then it is completely DEAD!
She got us all to creatively write Psalms of Praise on the Sunday morning. The first line would be written by person A, who would then fold the paper over and pass it on to the next person. This would be repeated until the Psalm was finished, then at the end they were read out. There was some powerful words written which you can read at the bottom of this article, powerful words which remind us of the Faithfulness of God, and how the young people already have experienced His love for them.
The weekend also had plenty of time for sport and activities, however for some reason the boys kept all their energy till 3am, when they unleashed it on each other and everyone else in the dorms! FUN TIMES!
We must thank the CEF Centre in Rossnowlagh for their lovely food and brilliant facilities, the weather was perfect and the surfing was awesome! However those of us over 30(ish) were very tired, swallowed half the sea and will leave such activities to the young ones next year... (ahem).
What a great DRY weekend it was, we encourage everyone to seriously consider joining us next year!
Now for the Psalms which were written by the young people. Bear in mind, each line was written by someone else who did not know what had gone before:
God You are strong and Your love never changes.
You made all animals, plants and everything,
I feel that I am not worthy enough to be in Your presence,
When I am feeling down and unhappy, I always look up to you and you help me through it.
You are a pillar for me to lean on for support.
I hope You could stay with me forever, with Your help God I feel strong and powerful
Oh God You are my Shepherd, You guide me through troubled times and help me become stronger.
You have made this world full of treasures that if I believe and trust in You, I shall surf through the wave that this life creates.
I feel so small in Your beautiful world.
When I feel down and sad,
God helped me by being by my side.
God is a part of me
When I walk on the ground You've created, I feel honoured.
It makes me feel great knowing that God put me on this amazing earth.
When I feel completely alone
You picked me up into Your hands and comforted me.
Nothing can ever keep me from worshipping You.
God You are my glasses, You help me see what's right.
You have created an amazing land. It is so real, so quiet.
Knowing You're there Lord, I feel safe in this world You've created for us to live in.
When I was feeling worried God, You helped me.
I hope to never forget what you have done for us.
God You are the best ever.
The moon at night to give us light,
You made everything beautiful in this world.
When I felt confused about everything
You helped me to understand
And find a way to work things out.
The Lord is my leader
You have power over the wind and the sea
Your almighty Hand never fails
When I feel worthless, I remember that I am the 'Choice Possession' of a King, but still I feel useless.
Thank You God for everything You have done and are about to do. I hope in the future we can find cures for diseases and stop poverty.
The Lord is my Shepherd
God is the master of our world, which He created
I am overwhelmed by the beautiful world He created.
When I feel alone You are always there,
You rescued me from evil.
I never need to feel afraid, Your love remains with me forever and You will always be with me.
God is Mighty, You are there for us.
I feel happy when I see the ocean and that's because of You.
You helped in the little things.
I hope I remain strong in You
You are truly amazing
The stars You made shine bright for us.
God is powerful.
When I feel down
God makes me feel wanted.
He will love me eternally.
Oh God You are the best.
You created a wonderful place where we can live.
When I faced a brick wall with no way through
When I feel there is no one there
You gave me strength to carry on
And we will never go wrong with You by our side.
Lord you are my Guard
The stars shine so bright.
I feel like a star in your eyes
When I felt hurt and betrayed
God helped me though it by helping me become a stronger person.
DRY held their annual Confirmation Overnight in the Diocesan Centre on the 30th - 31st January 2015. 7 parishes with a total of 70 people were represented and it's safe to say the Diocesan Centre was a maximum capacity.
The theme this year looked at 'Why Confirmation', 'Rules or Relationship' and 'The Church'. It is worth taking a look through the photos below to see what the young people said in the last session.
Peter Thorogood lead worship and Martin, the DYO spoke about what role young people have in the church. All too often many young people don't believe they have anything to offer, maybe that's because they have been told that, or maybe it's because they don't feel valued. However Martin showed the video below of Nick Vujicic a man who by any standards, has the right to have given up on life.
Born without arms and legs Nick made the decision to follow Christ and life his life to the full. If he can do it without arms and legs, how much more can we do with all the blessings we have.
Each of the young people were given a goody bag on arrival which contained a booklet they could work through and bring home. The idea behind this is so they can always have something which prompts them to remember what Confirmation is all about, and the unique gift they are to the world around them.
The young people all left at 4pm on Saturday, then the real work of tidying the Diocesan Office began before the Bishop would come back and see the mess...
The Derry and Raphoe Youth Weekend is in Rossnowlagh from the 20th - 22nd March. We will be looking at the book of James and our speaker will be Tammi Peek. We also will have The Surf Project with us who are a Christian run organisation, reaching young people with the Gospel through surfing.
The weekend promises to be amazing, and will be full of fun, teaching, activities, games, banter, food and all the other usual stuff like staying up too late!
The essential information for the weekend is below:
When: 20 - 22nd March
Where: CEF Centre, Rossnowlagh
Who for: Secondary School and up!
How Much £40 / €50.
A bus will be organised nearer the time when it becomes clear what route it should take.
Simply fill in the form below and return it to your youth leader, or directly to Martin in the diocesan office. You can email your forms back and post a cheque, or pay the full amount on arrival ont he 20th March.
Please note, larger families can benefit from a sliding price scale per person.
Clergy / Leaders, please fill in the relevant sections on page 1 before passing this on to a parent. I.e. - the name of the leader accompanying them, their contact number, when they will be collected from their pick up point etc.