Young Peoples Group Advent Retreat

30th November – 2nd December 2012

26 from our Young Peoples Group travelled to the Diocesan Youth Centre in Whitstable, Kent, for our Advent Retreat.

Our workshops throughout the weekend were designed to help us reflect on the Advent Season, and covered topics like “The object and focus of God’s love,” “hope,” and “affirmations.”  We held a spectacular advent feast on the Saturday evening which included elements of scripture, prayer and formal toasts, for which we all got “dressed up.”   This was followed by a disco.  On Sunday, all of the young people took an active part in Mass.  Saturday afternoon took us on a short walk on the beach (very cold indeed) before ten pin bowling.

We had a great weekend, and have already booked the first weekend of advent 2013 for another retreat, hopefully making this an annual event for the future.

Our thanks to all the young people for entering into the spirit of the weekend so well, and for all the laughs!

Andrew Richardson