We gathered, we ate, we encountered God.
RETREAT YOURSELF 2021 (#RY21) has been run and won, and what a glorious success it was!
Working in partnership with Uniting Church Tertiary chaplaincy and Christian Students Uniting, PULSE hosted the second annual young adult retreat in mid-January 2021 via a hybrid model that involved Zoom and a number of small in-person groups.
Challenging our young adults to recognise how they ENCOUNTER God in various ways in their day-to-day lives was an important part of this year’s retreat, and it offered a number of challenges which the nearly 50 young adult participants met head-on with big smiles and full hearts.
The group first gathered on Friday night 15 January for the first Friday Night Cook-Off™, hosted by Andrew McCloud (Leichhardt), and Doo Ah Leeming (Wollongong) with the crew at Keiraview Uniting Church. Young Adults from all around connected on Zoom and gathered in their kitchens to be taught how to make burek (“Just add more filling to make it better” – thanks Danny!), and enjoy a pre-prepared menu they’d cooked including a curry and nasi goreng. Even the new minister at Keiraview Rev David Stuart and his family took part in the cooking fun times.
On Saturday 16 January the group re-gathered in a number of locations across the Synod including Port Macquarie, Westmead and Terrigal, or from their homes for worship, bible study, and an opportunity for a deeper ENCOUNTER.
A challenge was set to gather photographic expressions of how participants see God at work in their lives and their community, all shared on Instagram. The various locations shared lunch together, and then re-gathered again online in the afternoon for closing worship led by Pastor Ofa Foiakau and Rev John Dacey.
The PULSE team are thankful for all involved in the planning and delivery of this important and now annual event for young adults within the NSW/ACT Synod, and we look forward to connecting with young adults across congregations and communities in 2021, offering the opportunity to develop stronger relationships with each other and deeper relationships with Jesus Christ.
Molk is the Senior Field Officer (North), and responsible for young adult ministry as a part of the PULSE team.