It's been an eventful week for teenagers from throughout the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe who've been taking part in our diocesan youth outreach programme, ‘On the Move 19’.
This year, the event has been hosted, for the first time, by the Stranorlar, Meenglass and Kilteevogue parish group and its Rector, Rev Adam Pullen. The young people taking part have been based in the parish hall in Stranorlar where their morning worship was led on Thursday by the Archdeacon of Derry, Ven. Robert Miller, and on Friday by the Archdeacon of Raphoe, Ven. David Huss.
During the week, the group and their leaders visited the Twin Towns’ area’s three hotels, meeting staff and presenting them with giftbags as tokens of appreciation for all involved in the hospitality industry. The teenagers completed chores including gardening and weeding at local pensioners’ bungalows, as well as chatting with the residents. They also visited St Joseph’s Community Hospital, on the edge of the town, where they gave out gifts provided by the Mother's Union to patients and residents in the dementia care unit, and spruced up the Garden of Peace, which is located between the dementia unit and the residential wards.
The five-day itinerary is packed each day and includes time for daily prayer and bible study, but there is some ‘downtime’ built in, too, which allows the young people to ‘wind down’ before bedtime.
'On the Move '19' is organised by Derry and Raphoe Youth. Its chairman, Rev Peter Ferguson, and fellow board members - including Rev Nigel Cairns and Rev Naomi Quinn - drew up the plans for this year's programme, in conjunction with Rev Pullen.