Last week, the Westminster Youth Ministry team went to two colleges for their sixth-form inductions – St Charles and St Benedict’s. Both were fun-filled days, whilst contrasting in their content.
At St Charles, the team was primarily there to provide team-building and participatory exercises for the students. We did this though the hilarious Dress-your-fellow-student-as-a-Mummy competition, which involved dividing the students into groups and getting them to nominate one member of the team to get wrapped up as an Egyptian mummy – in toilet paper, of course.
The results were often quite funny to look at; though perhaps more entertaining were the “Mummy races” afterwards. In each session, the group of mummies had a race, having to hop their way to the finish line.
At St Benedict’s, the WYM team didn’t have to organise anything quite so boisterous. We were responsible for facilitating a more spiritual and contemplative series of activities. However, we began the day with an introduction and then a “Human bingo” game, designed so that the students could get to know each other better.
After this, a visiting priest from Australia, Fr Greg, gave an inspiring talk about the preciousness of time, finding the meaning of our lives and fulfilling our vocation. Beginning with a story from CS Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, Fr Greg told the audience that the most powerful weapon the Devil has against us is to give us the sense that we have plenty of time. On the contrary, Fr Greg, eloquently and charismatically articulated how time is precious and that, rather than just following the secular narrative, we should aspire to live our lives with much greater purpose – because only when we root ourselves in God can we truly find happiness and meaning.
After Fr Greg’s talk, the school organised a series of activities, where the WYM team helped support the students. Following a BBQ lunch, we then gave everyone some meditation cards, to reflect on their lives and what they want from it.
The two school inductions were great occasions, and it was wonderful to be able to be present in supporting these students in their faith journey, wherever there are in that process. With another induction on the way this week, it’s truly a blessing for the team to be able to support these folks in their spiritual maturity.