Hey PYPSers, Holly here!
This past weekend at Westminster Presbyterian in Barrie, we had about 30 fantastic youth from our synod come together. We started of the weekend with lots of get to know you games, and echoes of singing “The Mingle Mingle Mingle Song” filling the church. After everyone arrived, we joined in our discussion groups for a newspaper building challenge. The discussion group that could build the newspaper structure that could hold the most bibles won! We continued into worship where Caleb led us in song and participants helped read song and scriptures. With fantastic volunteer billets from Westminster, we said goodnight!
In the morning, we started off with worship which led into theme speak with our fantastic speaker, Karen Horst, from St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Orillia! Talking about the different seasons of our faith journey, we joined in discussion groups and got to know each other even more. We then went into a rotation of team building activities including balancing 11 nails on one, and a game called helium stick! Right before lunch, Al Clarkson from the National Presbyterian Museum had an informative presentation which included some stories from his PYPS experience!
Lunch was graciously prepared by the church for us. We then went into another worship service, theme speak with Karen and discussion groups! For mission, we went through a “World of 100” simulation activity where participants were separated into five groups of countries, were given resources according to their classification. With healthy cereal donations donated to The David Busby Street Centre in Barrie for their healthy breakfast program. The participants were completely surprised when Alex came out with a cat mask as “Cat Man” and led them through Zumba in the fellowship hall! Surprised to say the least, everyone had a great time! With free time till dinner, we mostly played card games, and got in some extra singing time in the sanctuary.
After dinner, we had a full “clue like” mystery of who “stole” the spoon of silence. Participants had to go to different stations around the church and do challenges like gorilla soccer, and writing their own quick songs to get clues. Our last adventure of the day included an Iron Chef Kraft Dinner challenges! Disco groups were given a box of Kraft Dinner, chocolate, doritos, eggs, bread crumbs, and lots of random ingredients to create the best mac and cheese. Though we had some…interesting mixtures it was great to see what everyone came up with!
Sunday morning, we all enjoyed an Intergenerational service at Westminster including a puppet show on the sower and the seed parable! Enjoying a soup lunch with the congregation, we definitely all finished lunch with a smile on our faces!
After lunch, we played a game of “hashtags!” Each discussion group was given a Twitter hashtag like #thoughtIwascool or #bestadvice, and they had to come up with a Tweet that was under 140 characters. A lot of groups were so creative, we all couldn’t stop laughing! We ended the event with some free time so we could have enough time to say not goodbye, but “see you at the next event!” to all of our new friendships we’ve made.
At the end of this event, I am reminded how much God is working in our lives. The fact that all of these youth could come together and enjoy each other’s fellowship truly will keep me going until our next event at Camp Kintail on May 16-19!
Thank you to Matthew Ruttan, Julie Cunha, all of the volunteer billets and the volunteer cooks from Westminster Presbyterian in Barrie, Melanie and Glen Dow for being our fantastic deans, our speaker Karen Horst, Al Clarkson, the executive for planning the event, and all the participants for coming out.
Stay tuned for more information on Spring!