Confirmation Retreat to Whitstable – February 2012

St Vincent’s Centre

Over the weekend of 10th – 12th February, 18 of our Confirmation Group attended the Diocesan Retreat Centre, St Vincent’s, in Whitstable, Kent for the Confirmation retreat.   The rest will be going next month.

The weekend is an opportunity for the group to bond as a team, explore their faith in ways which we are unable to facilitate in quite the same way here in the parish, explore different ways of praying, connect with the Holy Spirit in discussion, drama and art, and generally enjoy a much wider experience of “Church” than we are used to. On the Saturday afternoon we went 10 pin bowling and for a walk on the beach, and in the evening, we had a very moving Mass with Gospel dramas and much singing, followed by a quiz (in which the leaders did rather badly)!

The team leading the retreat are an amazing group of people, many of whom are taking distance learning degrees in youth ministry and chaplaincy, and in many cases are only 6 – 8 years older than the young people themselves (the catechists from Tolworth only being a couple of years older than that – well, in mind, if not body!!). They are an inspiration, and as always, give 150% to the young people. In fact, they said that they love having Tolworth to visit due to the exceptional way in which our young people engage and gave of themselves throughout the weekend!

Well done all!

Andrew Richardson