Our youths are coming back to church!

After two long years of isolation and social distancing, the St Ignatius Church Youth Ministry (SICYM) hosted its first face-to-face fellaship on July 24.

Aug 05, 2022


By Kristen Phang
After two long years of isolation and social distancing, the St Ignatius Church Youth Ministry (SICYM) hosted its first face-to-face fellaship on July 24.

Approximately 40 young people between the ages of 13-20 attended the gathering. Having lost touch with physical meetings, some felt a little awkward about returning to church, but the friendly and welcoming presence of the ministry’s team members helped them readjust quickly.

The gathering started with ice breaking games led Bryan Kam that were designed to make participants work as a team to resolve mysterious puzzles.

Following this, a group of SICYM ministry members led the youth in a praise and worship session. It was a refreshing change for the youth after the online sessions of the last two years.

“It was a joy to participate in person. I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve our God in the community,” said Marcus Cox Lee, one of the praise and worship leaders.

The main event at the gathering was a session entitled ‘Hope in Christ’. The participants listened speakers Javan Kung and Felicia Leh spoke about what hope means in a Catholic context and how it can sustain us through challenging times.
Over the last two years, the SICYM adapted to the pandemic and kept the camaraderie intact by conducting monthly fellaships, weekly formations, meetings and practices. In December 2021, they were able to organise an online Youth Rally which helped them realise that when one door is closed, another will always open with the help of God.

With the Catholic Church in Malaysia easing social restrictions in tandem with the government, over the last few months, the ministry hopes to host more activities physically on a larger scale.

“We hope that, as a ministry, we can instil in our youth the passion to serve in the church or the aspiration to join the religious life. Serving in church doesn’t require us to be perfect; it just requires us to strive to look for God in all the things we do.” said Erin, one of the members of the discerning team, “As it says in Psalm 145:16-18: ‘The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.’”

The SICYM is delighted to be able to return to full physical activities. Nevertheless, it will strictly follow the guidelines given by the Archdiocese to ensure the safety and well-being of its members.

If you would like to know more about SICYM’s upcoming activities, you may follow them on Instagram @sicym or contact Cox Lee (012-6433211) or Ricky (0111-4293265) for more information.

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