Year 3 led us all in a beautiful Liturgy on Friday 24th November to celebrate ‘Youth Friday’. The theme was based on the message of Pope Francis for 2017 – ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me’, say Yes!
On Youth Friday we celebrate the gift of young people in our schools, parishes, partnerships and Diocese. We also give thanks for the wonderful work that the Youth Ministry Trust do within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.
Parents, staff and children were all invited to listen to the Gospel reading where Mary said ‘yes’. This was her response to God when He asked her to be the mother of his Son, Jesus.
Y3 led us in a beautiful reflection on the Gospel message and encouraged us to think more about how we can follow the example of Mary. As we listened to a piece of music entitled ‘Yes Lord’, Y3 placed hearts around the focal table with their personal mission written on.
Every year on Youth Friday, we listen to a message from Bishop Seamus. This year the Bishop explained to the children that Mary had complete and total trust in God, saying ‘yes’ time and time again. Mary was able to say ‘yes’ because she was close to God. Bishop Seamus asked all of our young people to live a life in close union with God, explaining that one of the best ways to do this was in still and silent prayer.
Y3 ended our Liturgy by asking us to be more aware of the needs of others, reach out and show kindness and love to other people. This is what it means to say ‘yes‘.
In February we will celebrate ‘Be a goody, wear a hoody’ day in school. This is an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the work of the Youth Ministry Trust. Look out for more information to follow in the new year.