STM teens find answers to their burning questions

The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the team of the St Thomas More Teens Ministry from organising virtual meetings, such as their latest meeting on July 25.

Aug 08, 2020

By Jaclyn Semera Jeffry
The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the team of the St Thomas More Teens Ministry from organising virtual meetings, such as their latest meeting on July 25. This was their second virtual meeting since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented. They are truly blessed as technology and social media have enabled them to be able to continue having gatherings from the comfort of their own homes. The team decided to have virtual meetings as the teens of STM were feeling cooped up at home and were missing a way to share about themselves in a safe space.

The meeting kicked off at 8.00pm with all 28 participants introducing themselves. A praise and worship session followed. Then, the participants were assigned to three breakout rooms to play a game of Five Truths and two Lies.

Once everyone had settled down, the session carried on with the introduction of their guest speakers for the evening, Mervin and Lydia Ratnasingam, who  have been married for 27 years and have a mission to influence, shape, and build the next generation of youth in the Catholic Church. They joined in from Singapore.

Mervin and Lydia were invited to answer the teens’ burning  questions which were submitted anonymously through a platform that could be accessed through the STM Teens Ministry Instagram page. The questions asked by the teens included controversial and sensitive topics that are not spoken about openly in the commu nity, and included the evolution of humans, free will, self-harm, astral projection, and even abortion. They had the opportunity of having experienced and open-minded speakers answer all their questions without keeping anything behind “closed doors”. The teens  were enlightened with plenty of new information and insightful sharing.

After the Q&A, the teens closed the session by taking a group picture. The STM Teens Ministry will continue to have these eagerly awaited virtual meetings through Zoom every last Saturday of the month. The teens look forward to these meetings as a way for them to interact with a supportive and helpful community while staying  safe. The meetings continue to help them grow closer to God as Masses are beginning in phases with restrictions while Catechism remains online.

Growing with a community is crucial in this,  their phase of life. Teenagers are discovering themselves. It can be intimidating to walk down a rocky path by themselves. But with the help of a community and the love of God, we are guided every step of the way.

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