The Ke Akua Youth Group held their first meeting led by new Youth Minister Cami Pascua on February 11, 2018. During the meeting, the youth were asked to help re-establish the group structure and gave insight on what they wanted out of the Ministry.
“I want to empower the youth by giving them choices. This is their Ministry. My main mission is to help turn their visions into tangible and realistic goals and for them to learn more about themselves intrapersonally along the way,” says Cami.
Through consensual decision-making, the youth reformed the group Council, appointed a Youth Group Vestry Representative, brainstormed service project and outreach ideas, and requested to bring back Bible Study sessions.
To wrap it all up, the youth were led outside to participate in what Cami hopes to be a new tradition for Youth Ministry called “The Labyrinth Walk.”
The object of the game is to break into teams of two. The “Walker” has to complete the labyrinth blindfolded. Their partner is the “Guide” who leads the Walker through the labyrinth without touching them. Two teams start at opposite ends of the labyrinth -- one in the center and the other at the beginning entrance. The first team to reach the opposite side wins the round. Then, the partners switch roles and they walk again. If the Walker steps on a line he needs to take two steps back before walking forward again. The first team to make it back to their start-point wins. Each new member is expected to walk the labyrinth.
“I love the labyrinth that was created last year. Since its arrival at All Saints, parishioners of all ages have used it for personal and quiet reflection of their spiritual journeys and faith in God. I just put a fun twist on it for the kids so it also becomes a tool for team-building,” says Cami.
“I explained to the kids: ‘Sometimes God puts important people (friends and loved ones) in our lives to help us through difficult times. The journey is long and uncertain. And sometimes for every step forward you feel like you are taking two steps back. But eventually, you will make it to the end and reach your goals.”
Details on the origin of the Labyrinth can be found HERE.
In the spirit of the Lenten Season, the @KeAkuaYouth instagram feed has started posting daily devotionals for viewers to follow. Both young and young-at-heart are encouraged to use these posts as a tool for personal reflection.
If you are a Middle or High School student interested in attending the next Youth Group meeting, please join them on March 4, 2018 at 11:00AM. Among the various activities, the group will be practicing for the Youth Led Stations of the Cross service on Good Friday.
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(This article was also published in the All Saints Kauai Epistle on 03/03/18)