JANUARY 2016 YOUTH UPDATES
“Evangelization also involves the path of dialogue”. In his Apostolic Exhortation
‘The Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis highlighted the need for dialogue and collaboration.
The Church, therefore, should open the door of collaboration for mutual enrichment.
It underlies the fact that we can learn from one another. Jesus himself enjoyed the dialogue and friendship with children during His time.
Though this statement pertains to ecumenism, we found the word Collaboration and Friendship very striking for the Youth Unit of Bukal Ng Tipan. 2016 will be a year of more collaborations with different youth sectors to work towards one mission.
WELLSPRING NEW YEAR’S GATHERING
JANUARY 9, 2016
The Youth Facilitators of CICM Maryhill Bukal ng Tipan gathered on the hill for their annual recollection, a day of spiritual deepening, facilitated by Miss Badette Felix from the Federation of national Youth Organizations (FNYO). The regular members of Wellspring were joined by youth ministers from partner groups such as the CICM No
vices from Taiwan and Indonesia, Ministry for Youth Affairs–Diocese of Antipolo, St. John the Baptist Parish, Taytay, Chiro Youth Movement. The afternoon session was dedicated for brainstorming on the new programs of Bukal Ng Tipan which are spearheaded by the Youth Unit. The following are some of the new programs and activities which are expected to be launched this year:
- Kids and Tweens Camp
- Shopping with God: Teens Camp
- LEAP Camp for College Students
- Short Film Festival
- Concert on the Hill
Overflowing of new ideas, especially about the new programs and activities, characterized the meeting. Through this event the door for dialogue opens and eventually builds a strong collaboration between BNT and the other youth organizations, leading to out-of-the box proposals.
More details of these Brainchild programs and activities will be announced later. #exciting2016
FNYO 2016 PLANNING
JANUARY 11, 2016
The Federation of National Youth Organization Coordinating Council headed by Ms. Whilssy Candelaria, asked the help of Bukal Ng Tipan to journey with them for a 3-year plan. The Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13: 31-32) was used as the biblical framework for the planning process. Mr. Andrew Velasquez (BNT) helped the participating members of FNYOCC to identify the achievements, on-going programs and what the organization has initiated last year in order to reflect on the progress of their ministry. These were symbolized respectively by fruits, growing leaves and seed planted, Reflecting on their vision and mission the members felt the need to revisit it since the organization is already 25 years.
The group also had a moment to discern what God is telling t
o them at that moment which was capped by beautiful prophetic bible passages shared in a prayerful way.
The group came up with a 3-year plan with suggested strategies/ activities written on paper bird cut-outs. The outline of a lifeless tree which was brought out at the beginning of planning was transformed into a tree alive with many leaves and fruits and a sanctuary where new birds dwell together towards the end of the planning.
Indeed it was another witnessing of participation and teamwork among the hearts and minds of all
the youth ministers of FNYO Coordinating Council. #worhkingtogether