What does it mean to live as man fully alive? When Jesus said he came that “man might have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10), what does that mean? What does that look like today? Particularly in today’s culture where there are lots of questions swirling around us on identity, dignity and faith, what has the Church got to say in response to these deep questions?
Westminster Youth Ministry is partnering with Dumb Ox Ministries (based in Louisiana, USA) to offer a week long retreat for young adults, diving into the teachings of John Paul II, which explore the beauty and depth of God’s plan for our lives.
Personally, this teaching has revolutionised how I see Catholicism. The significance of the Word made Flesh, and therefore the reality of the Eucharist, were made so real for me in a way that I had never encountered or comprehended before. I am so excited for this project, so that I can begin to share some of this profound worldview with the young people of our diocese.
We start with a weekend just for the young adults – those aged 18-30 who want to come and know more. They join us and we begin this adventure into what it is to be human, and how we find happiness, and what God has to do with it all.
Then come Monday, we welcome the Sixth Formers into our community, to be a part of this journey. Our young adults are given the opportunity to put into practice what they have been learning, “that man truly finds himself through making a sincere gift of himself” by serving on various teams for the rest of the retreat.
For me, the great thing about this retreat is that, at its heart, it’s about creating a ‘civilisation of love’; it is about bringing together people who want to know truth and who are trying to live it out in their own life, and experiencing what the Church can look like fully alive.
There is a particular focus on translating this teaching into real life; we spend time building community, playing sports, doing crafts and art. There is lots of live music, games and opportunities for prayer and questions. There are plenty of opportunities to discover who you are, and who you were created to be.
To find out more, click here, or call or email Rebekah on 0207 529 8633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.