Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Revive 2012

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Timothy 4:7

Revive 2012, the new and improved summer conference was the first of its kind! With a dedicated team of servants working tirelessly with HG Bishop Angaelos and the parish priests to see a new structure and attitude infused, it lived up to expectations. Revive managed to cater for four different age groups with sessions split into ages 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, and 20-21. Under the umbrella theme ‘Running the Race’, the usual talk-and-workshop format was nowhere to be seen, and interactive sessions were re-structured to ensure that Revive was a weekend to remember. The sessions focussed on how to start our spiritual race fully equipped, how to stay on track, and to avoid losing sight of the finish line. Other aspects of Revive that made it a huge success was the excellent catering, awesome activities and general friendly vibe promoted by all those who served.

In the lead up to Revive an Olympic-style torch was passed between all 5 South East Churches during youth events to promote and celebrate unity, and in keeping with the Olympic theme. Along with the torch, a prayer baton was used to record the names of all of the youth within the parishes. When the baton reached Revive it was placed on the altar at St. George’s Cathedral, and prayers were offered during the Liturgy for all the youth in the various churches. An incredible number of people attended Revive, approximately 200, and we all came together to ‘fight the good fight’ and end the Olympic summer with a bang, and that we did!

But don’t take our word for it, why not see what youth who attended had to say about it:

Strand A: Age 14-15
"The fellowship was really good and I loved how the teambuilding tasks got everyone to work together."

Strand B: Age 16-17
"God’s forgiveness means that no matter how many times we fall, God is always willing to forgive us if we run to Him"

Strand C: Age 18-19
"All the little details of each session were taken care of which allowed us to feel the joy of listening and participating in them. I was inspired by the work of the strand leaders"

Strand D: Age 20-21
"We focused on what our 'identity' is and the importance of stripping away the views and perceptions of others about us as well as our own. Instead we should strive to view ourselves through Gods eyes so we can discern HIS purpose for us"

Thank you to everyone who made Revive 2012 a weekend to remember, especially the servants and priests, and God willing we will see you at Revive 2013!