UMS Catholic students renew their spirit of serving

The Catholic Students Group of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (CSG-UMS) has organised an online programme “CSG Youth Camp (CYC) 2021” on Jan 16-17 and Jan 23-24 via Zoom.

Feb 27, 2021

KOTA KINABALU: The Catholic Students Group of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (CSG-UMS) has organised an online programme “CSG Youth Camp (CYC) 2021” on Jan 16-17 and Jan 23-24 via Zoom.

It aimed to bring the students together to renew their spirit to serve others and also for them to grow and present their inner gifts.

The first session by Cherlanne Patrick from the non-governmental organisation of YouthPrep Centre spoke on  “How do I Listen? How do I Speak Out?” which focused on the empowerment of children, youth and women.

An unhealthy environment or relationship will lead to communication barriers and an individual will find it difficult to achieve their goals due to lack of self-confidence, explained Cherlanne. Further, she also gave tips on how to be a listener and to voice support for them. Crietel Eviany Philip, Youth & Campus Coordinator from Pen ang Diocese, shared the meaning of service as a Catholic youth in “My Youth Service” session.

Crietel invited her audience to reflect on the biblical passage from John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life”, which is the ministry of Jesus in the world and exemplifies the meaning of serving others.

They also had various exciting events such as Virtual Campfire and Online Concert. In the Virtual Campfire event, the organisers hosted a Live Busking session to liven up the Campfire Night atmosphere via Zoom which was also accompanied by sharings from the alumni.

Meanwhile, the Online Concert event also featured performances from ten CYC Family groups consisting of the students. Various exciting performances such as Short Film, Virtual Choir, Fashion Show, Sign Language and dance enlivened the night of the Online  Concert on the last day of CYC.

The CSG-UMS hope the participants found this online youth camp a meaningful one in renewing their spirits in their ministry especially during the pandemic and that it will encourage them to continue to use their gifts to serve others.

Sharing from the students
CYC has changed the way I see the world. The world I see now is filled with the love of God. It has given me a boost in various aspects especially from the sharings and sessions. Although the performances were entertaining and sad, I could still see something that I could reflect on from the performances. — Francesca Joseph

This CYC programme has uncovered our hidden talents. In a short time, I saw many people have become more open in interacting especially during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. — Anonymous

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