For the past five years the Church of Ireland Youth Department has organised resources for a Day of Prayer for Young People and Youth Ministry, designated by the House of Bishops as the Sunday before Lent. This year it will 3rd March 2019.
As in previous years, it is hoped that clergy and all who lead worship on that day will include prayer for young people and youth ministry in their services on that day, so that people in all parishes across the diocese are aware of and able to participate in this initiative. In previous years, a resource pack with ideas and suggestions for how to mark the day and to pray creatively has been sent around, but this year CIYD have produced an attractively presented booklet, which has been sent out around the diocese.
In addition, there will also be a gathering – aimed at young people, but of course open to all who are concerned to pray for and with them – in St. John’s Church in Longford at 5 pm on the day. The gathering will be a relaxed opportunity for people to come together for prayer, reflection on the Scriptures, and some social time over pizza. There will be space and opportunity for creative prayer during a simple worship service. If anyone would like more information, please contact Damian Shorten at firstname.lastname@example.org or (087) 2274663. If you or a group from your parish/youth group are hoping to attend, please let Damian know as some idea of numbers would be a great help.