Building a relationship with God through this pandemic

Everyone has been affected since the COVID-19 pandemic hit at the beginning of 2020. With schools closed and people working from home, there was no telling how the world would function.

Jul 17, 2021

St Thomas More teens gather monthly via Zoom.

By Trisha Lee
Everyone has been affected since the COVID-19 pandemic hit at the beginning of 2020. With schools closed and people working from home, there was no telling how the world would function. The Teens Ministry of St Thomas More took it upon themselves to continue their monthly gatherings. Seeing that no physical gatherings could be held, the Teens Ministry sought to have its gatherings online via the Zoom platform.

On June 26, the Teens Ministry had their usual monthly online gathering. The gathering started with a small ice-breaking session facilitated by teen leaders Esther, Harsha and Erika via their creative game of ‘Unpopular Opinions: Yes or No’. This game consists of ideas and beliefs that go against, or completely contradict, the conventional status quo such as ‘Does pineapple belong on pizza?’, or ‘Milk first, then cereal, or cereal first, then milk?’ and many more. After 10 minutes of going back and forth between opinions, the gathering officially began with the introduction of the emcee of the night, Daryl.

Then Kristen and Collin, the praise and worship team, led the group in a wonderful time of praise and worship. Kristen started by singing some action songs such as ‘Love the Lord Your God’ and ‘Jesus Is My Rock’. Hope, from the Activities portfolio, demonstrated the actions for the songs, and everybody danced along to Kristen’s amazing vocals. Collin then slowed it down with ‘Set A Fire’. The praise and worship session ended with a beautiful prayer.

The gathering then proceeded with a game of Pictionary, organised by Aidan from the Activities portfolio. The teens were split into three breakout rooms where they had to take turns drawing pictures or objects then trying to identify them within 60 seconds. The categories for the night’s Pictionary game were movies, songs, and food. There was no doubt that the teens enjoyed the time spent on Pictionary.

Then came the highlight of the gathering, a wonderful talk by guest speaker, Eddy Dorairajah, who spoke on ‘Building A Relationship with God 101’. Eddy gave 10 ways to build a relationship with the Lord: ‘through Scripture, through the Saints, not being afraid of the Devil, and talking to God like a friend, just to name a few. All the teens were glued to their seats listening to Eddy tell stories of himself and his children, using the stories to give examples of how to build a relationship with God. No-one will forget Eddy’s funny, light-hearted yet insightful stories which had the teens absolutely mesmerised.

The gathering then ended with a lovely prayer by Eddy, followed by a photo-taking session and the usual announcements by the Core Team of the Teens Ministry.

The STM Teens Ministry will continue to have monthly meetings to strengthen their relationship with God and the community. Teens from other churches are also welcome to participate in these meetings, held every last Saturday of the month. As the teen years are a time of change, it is terrifying to have to go through it all alone. With the love of God and the support of the community, it need not be intimidating as there will be guidance every step of the way.

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