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.
So God please keep helping me in the future.