It often happens that a Retreat, Youth Jamboree, Youth 2000 Retreat, etc., stands on its own and doesn't send much ripples - the participants have good memories and simply look to another one next year.
Youthquake is a spiritual Retreat that brings young catholics together across the Federation for "spiritual socializing" - as one of the youths expressed. It is something spiritual and it brings people together to know each other and to pray and learn with each other (group interaction is essential).
Youthquake sends ripples in the form ofyouth-aftershocksor tsunamis -(if the setting for the event is beach or sea).These are held each in different community and prepared in different forms and different themes by the youth of various catholic Communities in the Federation: Basseterre, Molineux, Sandy Point/Old Road and Nevis
TheYOUTHQUAKE- weekend retreat is directed by specially invited "experts": a priest, religious sister or lay person/team, etc. (Youthquake 2007 hopefully will be facilitated by a team of young people "Hard as Nails" form New York and Barbados)
However, the series of Youth-Aftershocks and a Youth-Tsunami is envisaged as youth ministering to youthwith a very little help of adults. Youth plan it and youth execute it. Nevertheless, there should be an interaction between the youth of various communities in planning the events so that each has a different form and theme and does not become repetitious (and for some youth - boring). The YOUTH-AFTERSHOCKS (or YOUTH TSUNAMIS) are held on weekends, no more than three-hour event on Friday evening, Saturday (morning or afternoon) or Sunday of the consequtive weekends after the YOUTHQUAKE, each one in a different catholic community of the Federation. This follow up is essential!!!! This is in order not to loose the momentum of the YOUTHQUAKE
Youthquake could be an annual event in the Federation, always in October and November so that the series of aftershocks could end either before advent or definitely before Christmas.
It is hoped that Youthquake and the Aftershocks could bring the catholic youth closer together on our islands, build new friendships and faith-support groups, surface and develop new youth leaders and lay foundations for youth groups and youth ministry in the parishes and communities.
This is just my humble idea how the Youthquake could work - Please kindly send your own ideas and comments - I definitely publish them and post them on this Blog
One Love, one heart - let's a get together and be alright
Have you got any good ideas!!! - share them with us!!!
We need a logo and a design of the T-shirt for Youthquake 2007
Do you have any ideas for the theme of Youthquake 2007??
Any ideas of what themes and activities could be done for the aftershocks???
HARD AS NAILS MINISTRY
HARD AS NAILS MINISTRY
Everything that the modern day youth deal with is intense and in your face. Sex, drugs, violence, and hate are in our faces everyday. Society puts those things on a pedestal to be worshiped as a god. From music videos, to television shows, to radio programs these "false gods" are saturating this society. We live in a society that worships the creation, while turning their back on the creator. It often looks like the road to destruction is the better way. If we profess that Jesus is Lord than we have to be as intense or more intense with His message.
Hard as Nails ministry is a youth and young adult ministry program designed to bring the message of Jesus Christ in intense and dynamic ways. Hard as Nails embraces the missionary spirituality of Pope John Paul II's "New Evangelization. We travel throughout the United States, individually or with teams of youth, spreading the message of Christ at youth retreats, youth groups, conferences, and high schools. Hard as Nails Ministry tries to develop teams of youth all over the United States to travel with a Hard as Nails minister who will lead them, challenge the young people to grow into amazing witnesses of Jesus Christ to their fellow youth and to adults. Each member of Hard as Nails has gone through the trials and tribulations that come with the journey of faith. We have shared in the experiences of the cross and the crown of Christ. We understand that living for Christ in these days can be one of the hardest things to do, but we know that it is Christ who gives meaning to our lives. We know that the love of Christ can pierce that hardest heart and that Christ gives us the strength and the hope to get through the trials that life presents. We are a non-profit ministry that is based in Paramus, NJ. We have branches of the ministry in Syracuse, NY, Ithaca, NY, and Washington, DC. If you would like more information on Hard as Nails Ministry, if you would like us to come to your parish, high school, or event, or if you would like to help support the ministry feel free to contact us via e-mail www.hardasnailsministry.org or at Hard as Nails Ministry, PO Box 1085, Paramus, NJ, 07653.