Young people understanding their abilities and strengths

For the sixth consecutive year, the Church of the Immaculate Conception organised the Persons Are Gifts (PAG) camp at Majodi Centre May 31 - June 2.

Jul 12, 2019

By Yvonne Maryann Gomez
For the sixth consecutive year, the Church of the Immaculate Conception organised the Persons Are Gifts (PAG) camp at Majodi Centre May 31 - June 2. The main aim of this camp was to give youths aged 14-15 years old an opportunity to discover their own abilities and strengths, as well as to realise that they are gifts in the lives of those around them.

The 37 participants were led by eight outreach team members who themselves are PAG graduates. The dynamics of the camp are inputs, group dynamics, group sharing, praise and worship, prayer sessions and games. The facilitators delivered sessions using analogies of gifts, comparing the size and shape, wrapping and other aspects of a present to characteristics that the participants have.

The participants learnt that it doesn’t matter how they look on the outside, as they have characteristics that make them unique gifts for their family and friends. The facilitators also emphasised that each and every person that was put in their lives, as well as every situation that occurred (be it good or bad), was done so that they could be the way they are today. There were also sessions on the various relationships in their lives: boy-girl, parent-child and God.

Throughout the camp, facilitators reiterated that each and every person is a gift that must be valued, and that love, acceptance and forgiveness play an integral role in building relationships with the people around them.

The main highlight was the Talent Nite which was a celebration of the gifts and talents of the participants who came up with interesting performances, full of confidence and laughter. All who attended praised the young participants for pulling off such fantastic performances even though they had limited time for practice.

The camp concluded with Mass celebrated by the Assistant Parish Priest, Fr Claurence Motoyou, OFM which was participated by the youths as well as their family members and friends.

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