Session for teens, children on coping with the RMCO

In conjunction with the feast of Our Lady of Good Health something special was organised for the Catechism children and teens on Sept 5.

Sep 12, 2020

By Lydia Pinto
In conjunction with the feast of Our Lady of Good Health something special was organised for the Catechism children and teens on Sept 5. Two separate small-group online sessions were organised to minister to them on how they were coping in this pandemic year. These sessions were facilitated by the parish Listening Corner, Beyond, and catechists.

Primary school children (Aged 9-12) did a Bounce Back story session with Yvonne Teo and Felix Kong from the Listening Corner counselling ministry.   Yvonne made the children very comfortable as they were able to open up and share freely. They were asked a few questions such as how they felt during the MCO, what were the favourite things they did, and what were the good things they had learnt during MCO.

Yvonne’s childlike methodology enabled the children to build confidence and share easily. Felix, for his part, used puppets and voice-overs to entertain the children. In that one hour the children — and even catechists — learnt so much from each other of their struggle, what they had learnt thus far, their walk with God and the relationships with their loved ones.

Another interactive session followed for secondary school teenagers (Aged 13-16) facilitated by the Beyond teen youth ministry team.

Melissa Sharmini  and Katrina Edward teamed up with Felix Kong to really bring out the best from our teenagers.

Melissa’s method of encouraging the teens to open up with her non-intrusive slides and video made them think out of the box and share the challenges and opportunities they faced during the MCO. The teenagers shared how they dealt with missing their dear loved ones, their friends and their teachers. Emotions, both joyful and sad, were expressed. Melissa also connected them with God, the plans God has for them and how keeping in touch with their loved  ones through means of technology would help ease the challenges they faced.  During the session, Melissa assured them not to be afraid as God is with them always as they listened to the song Be not afraid.

Fr Edwin Peter, the parish priest, thanked the catechetical ministry and the counselling and teen youth ministry facilitating teams for ministering to these children through the online channel. He also thanked the parents for allowing their children to participate in these sessions for the young ones.

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