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DRY is based in the diocese of Derry and Raphoe in the North West of Ireland / N.Ireland. Our bishop is Rt Rev Ken Good and we work with rectors, youth leaders and young people across 48 parishes in an effort to bring the reality and relevance of the Christian Gospel into their lives.
In attempting to do this vital work, we realise it is only through faithful people praying that anything of value can be achieved. To this end, we would love you to join us in praying the following prayer:
We recognise the weakness of human effort in attempting to do anything without You first ordaining it to be so. We pray that You would guide and direct the work of the youth department to be productive, helpful and of value to this diocese and the wider church.
We thank you for all those who serve tirelessly in their parishes - for our bishop, rectors, curates, church army assistants and youth leaders. We particularly thank you for all the work which is done with young people in Sunday schools, youth groups and Confirmation classes. We pray that You would bless this work and through the power of your Holy Spirit, would be constantly challenging and changing the lives of all who follow You to become more like Your Son Jesus Christ.
We thank you for our young people who are full of energy, passion and drive. We pray that they would direct all their efforts into those rewards which do not rust or decay, and they would seek to serve You first in Spirit and Truth. We ask forgiveness for when we have let them down, and their experience of church has not been up to the standard you expect from your followers. We pray that in spite of us, Your glory would still shine through.
We pray for the witness of the church, that you would protect us from spiritual attack, damaging gossip and a spirit of resignation when it comes to working with young people. We remember that You are Gracious and You hear our prayers when we ask in faith.
Thank You Lord and in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Sincere thanks for praying this prayer for our diocese, clergy, youth leaders and young people.
Sunday 27th May st Bestius's church, Killeter was packed with family and friends to see Bishop Ken Good confirm 15 young people into the life of the church.
It was the hottest day of the year, it was Pentecost Sunday, and of course this is the year when London is hosting the Olympic games. All of these things will be remembered for a long time, however for the parishioners of Derg and Termonamongan, this will forever be remembered as the day when they welcomed 15 young people as their own.
The Bishop preached on how it is possible to live life aimlessly, with no specific direction but that by choosing to follow Jesus we are deciding to live with purpose and point. The Bishop also suggested that the Christian journey is like a marathon, it takes willpower and perseverance and we all need to be determined to keep going so that at the end, we can look back and be pleased with what we have accomplished. He reminded us that we are surrounded by ‘a great cloud of witnesses’ (Hebrews ch 12 v1 ) who are cheering us on through the ups and downs, encouraging us to stay close to God and to keep travelling in faith with Him.
As the congregation joined in the great hymn, ‘One More Step’, the words, ‘And its from the old I travel to the new, keep me travelling along with you’ seemed especially appropriate.
After the service a delicious tea was served in the Parish Hall and was enjoyed by everyone.
As the end of the Journey To Confirmation (JTC) course neared, we asked them to write down why they felt that they were ready to confirm their faith..here are a few excerpts!
“At the start of the JTC course I thought I had to get confirmed because I was the right age for it, but after attending the course, I now want to. Before starting I knew what Jesus did but I didn't know why or how. Now after all the activities and group discussions I do and I just want to keep on learning.”
“I have always believed in Jesus. I pray most nights, saying thanks for today and I pray in school too. I have always believed in Jesus but since I have been in JTC classes I have really increased my faith and trust in him. JTC classes have really helped me understand more about Jesus and why he died for us on the cross.”
"Confirmation means different things to different people. For some it can mean you get a sip of wine each month, for some it’s a ticket out of Sunday school but for me it meant that I could confirm my faith in Jesus for myself and become a part of the church family. Over the past few months of JTC classes I have learnt to understand Bible verses and teachings and I was able to figure out how they relate to me as a person...During the JTC classes we heard talks, played games and completed tasks and worksheets on The Holy Spirit, God, Jesus, The Bible, Communion and much more. We were also given reassurance that we had someone praying for us on our journey, our Prayer Buddies. As I stand here today I feel extremely fulfilled and ready to commit my life to God."
"All my life, since I was 4, my parents made me go to Sunday School and I now realise why they did. They wanted me to grow in my faith. I know things that I wouldn't have known if I hadn't went to Sunday school. This journey has helped me take more notice of who Jesus was and why he died for us. It has really taught me how and why I should pray. I’m so glad I have made it this far and I hope to get involved in much more groups in the church in the future."
Please continue to pray for these teenagers as they grow in their faith amongst us, their church family. Pictured below are the confirmation candidates with Bishop Ken, and Rev. Alan Peek (Rector of Derg and Termonamongan), confirmation class leaders and church wardens.
ON THE MOVE is happening this year in Castlederg. Building on the success of last year, we aim to bless the community by SERVING them in practical ways. This is not about us doing something, it is about helping others to see God's grace at work in our lives. After all, Jesus served us freely, and gave Himself for us so that we may live.
We are very excited to be able to do this project alongside Rev. Alan and Tammi Peek in Castlederg, we hope projects will include litter picking, mural painting, fence fixing, tea making and bbq-ing. Of course alongside all this will be youth outreach each evening by engaging with young people where we find them.
Get involved with this real opportunity to put your faith into action, for when we serve others in faith, something exciting happens to our faith - it grows!!
If you want to help out this year then please contact us in the youth office, remembering that our cut off date for applications is 22nd June! Don't leave it till the last minute - take a RISK and volunteer today!!
We really look forward to seeing you there, and remember - let us know if you are coming - and join the FACEBOOK page to stay updated with latest news!
Summer Madness is moving base this year to Glenarm Castle, which judging by its website seems far too posh for a load of smelly campers to descend upon, however with this move comes some new and exciting opportunities.
It looks like there will be NO subcamps, which basically means we can camp where we want to. This brings to an end the rush for grabbing premium space to set up camp, while scrupulously guarding the boundaries so others don't end up pitching up in the middle of our dedicated and multi functional canteen / chill out zone / 3am worship venue ! - This is good news for DRY as we plan to camp and set up community for the duration of the festival!
Another good thing is that this year you can BOOK your meals online for the fantastic sum of £12.50 from the GRUB HUB (click for more info). We definitely recommend you do this as this is PROPER food. Not the usual diet of pot noodle, chips and cuppa soup - but spuds, pasta and meat! Yum!!
If you need help with the booking process or want to camp with DRY or indeed want to go to SMadness but have no leaders from your church to take you - then get in touch with us in the DRY office - and Martin will be delighted to help you out!!