Every faith journey is different, and many people connect with God and their faith through different practices.
This year has been difficult for our journeys of faith, as we were forced to physically distance ourselves from each other, not being able to traditionally gather together for worship or fellowship. It has, however, also made us reflect on what it means to be church, not just in a pandemic, but outside of what we see as the ‘normal’ or ‘right’ way to express our faith.
Nicole Mugford, the Youth & Young Adults Team Leader at St. Leonard’s Uniting Church in Victoria, put together a guide for young people who are on the journey of owning their faith. Nicole’s intention for the guide is for it to provide a variety of tips, activities, and ideas for young people, giving them a place to start and encouraging practices to integrate into everyday life.
This guide includes practices on Bible Reading, the SOAP Method, Nature and Creation, Prayer, Community and Service, Finger Labyrinths, Creative Reflection, Music and Worship and Self Reflections.
This is only a suggestion, there are many more ways in which you can connect to God and express your faith, some of these ideas won’t be very helpful for you, others might be really inspiring and help you having a really deep connection.
We were meant to be in community; to explore, question, discuss, and care for one another…. So my encouragement to you is to share what you are discovering with your family, friends, and church community.Nicole Mugford
Find Nicole’s Guide for Young People here. And to reiterate what Nicole has emphasised, we also encourage you to share some of your reflections and responses of your faith journeys with the wider community.
Ofa Foiakau is the Field Officer (Central/West), and responsible for youth/high school ministry as a part of the PULSE team.