SIC Youth run virtual outreach programme amid nationwide pandemic

During Malaysia’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the St Ignatius Church (SIC) Youth Ministry ran an online outreach programme for Catholic youths aged 13-18, serving as a platform for young people to engage in faith activities together while social distancing.

Jan 23, 2021

By Ricky Fieldad Jr.
During Malaysia’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the St Ignatius Church (SIC) Youth Ministry ran an online outreach programme for Catholic youths aged 13-18, serving as a platform for young people to engage in faith activities together while social distancing.

Dubbed as the “Pre-Outreach Team,” the programme lasted 14 weeks, from Sept 13 to Dec 13. Online meetings were held via “Zoom” on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, with each gathering lasting one hour and 30 minutes.

A total of 19 participants from various parishes registered for the programme and those with a minimum of 70 per cent attendance for the  programme’s weekly activities obtained certificates.

According to Jane Ow, discerning team leader of the SIC Youth Ministry, “It was a way for us to continue to do something during these trying times.”

The Pre-Outreach Team garnered an average of 30 attendees for its meetings while holding an array of fun-filled online activities, facilitating games, praise and worship, as well as faith talks and discussions.

The programme’s activities were facilitated with the help of the SIC Youth Ministry’s sub-ministries, which were different teams within the ministry. This included their Performing Arts Ministry, Worship Ministry, Logistics Ministry and many more, with each sub-ministry playing different roles during the program.

“It’s difficult to work together as a large ministry when we can only contact  each other online, so splitting tasks between smaller teams helps a lot,” says Adrian Lee, coleader of the Youth Ministry’s Core Team.

The programme’s faith sessions were mainly facilitated by the youth ministry’s senior members and leaders, while the Formation sub-ministry supervised the contents of these sessions.

The Pre-Outreach Team programme utilised other online Catholic supplemental contents that facilitated discussions on the basics of the Christian faith, while the Formation ministry added questions and short sessions by their own members that would best aid in the understanding of the youths today here in Malaysia.

The 14-week programme ended with a bang on Dec 13 with a two-hour Virtual Youth Gathering that was open to the public youth, featuring interac tive games, an online Praise and Worship session, and a faith session based on the 2020 World Youth Day theme, Young Man, I Say To You, Arise!

The Virtual Youth Gathering was a success for the ministry, as it attracted roughly over 70 attendees.

Currently, the SIC Youth Ministry is still in the process of making plans for the future. However, the ministry aims to remaining active in its vision of being a welcoming home rooted in Christ, growing in its relationships as a family rooted in God. For more information about the St Ignatius Church Youth Ministry, you may visit their Instagram and Facebook pages @sicym and SIC Youth Ministry, or send an email to sicyr09@gmail.com. —

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