Forty young people from six different parish groups took part in this year’s ‘Confirmation Fun Day’, in Londonderry, which was organised by Diocesan Children’s Officer, Kirsty Lynch, and Derry and Raphoe Youth (DRY). The teenagers came from parishes as far away as Stranorlar, Tamlaghtfinlagan and Moville.
The Rector of Stranorlar, Meenglass and Kilteevogue, Rev Adam Pullen, and the Rector of Glendermott and Newbuildings, Rev Robert Boyd, joined them to offer spiritual direction and there were eight leaders providing support. The two clergymen briefly donned face masks and took bows and arrows in hand, to experience what the young people were enjoying.
This was the second year that DRY held a fun day instead of a ‘Confirmation Overnight’. The event is organised for all those getting confirmed in the next twelve months and for those who were confirmed in the past year.
The day was again centred on the Diocesan Office, although the group travelled to the Foyle Arena in the afternoon for activities, including archery and ‘Bubbleball’. The ‘fun’ element of the day was sandwiched by morning prayers and group meetings, and an evening Youth Service.