Odyssey Advent Retreat

29th November – 1st December 2013

19 members of our Young People’s Group travelled to the diocesan youth centre in Whitstable, Kent for their annual Advent Retreat.   As always, an amazing time was had by all, so a massive thanks must go to the team down in Whitstable consisting of Julz, Joe, Ellie, Katy, Charlotte, Matt and Bernie.  

During the morning on Saturday, we look took part in various workshops looking at our relationship with God, each other, and we shared our experiences.   After lunch we went ten pin bowling, and for a rather windy walk on the beach.   After that, and having warmed up again, we prepared for our Advent Feast.   Based on the 7 promises of God, we had to prepare various “sketches” to be performed between courses demonstrating each of the promises.  After that, a disco in the common room until night prayer.

Sunday morning, after preparations, we celebrated Mass in the chapel with Fr Anthony as main celebrant.   All of our people took an active part in this and it was beautiful.   Later in the morning, we prepared affirmations on each other which were presented in the closing liturgy (with the usual dose of emotions)!

Andrew Richardson