This year’s Youth Sunday is on 25th November, the Feast of Christ the King. This Youth Sunday we celebrate the truth that Jesus shows us we can have joy in Him. Joy because He has set us free to live the life we were created to live and joy even through the challenges of life.
Jesus of Nazareth gives us reason to rejoice, as St Paul writes, ‘I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord’. Nothing on earth, no worldly object can separate or drown out the song of the redeemed. There are plenty of reasons in life to be negative and justly angry at our circumstances, but Jesus witnesses to the true Joy of life, even to the extreme of walking to the cross joyfully. This uncomfortable truth challenges us today, not to be just positive or repressing and ignoring the challenges we face but to embrace them, transforming our brokenness, our worries, our weakness and vulnerability into a deep joy in knowing we are loved by the God who created us for far more than we can imagine.
On this page you will find different resources to download which you may use or adapt to help you celebrate Youth Sunday in your parishes or partnerships. A DVD with all the resources for Youth Sunday 2018 is available free of charge. Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page so we can send you one.
This year on Youth Friday and Youth Sunday, the Youth Ministry Team is giving everyone in the diocese, the young people and the adults, a small gift. A gift you can take with you wherever you are and take that opportunity to connect to God. It is the gift of prayer.
It’s called The Examen. We didn’t invent The Examen. It's an ancient form of prayer by an order of priests called the Jesuits, the same one that Pope Francis belonged to when he joined the priesthood. What we are about to share is an adaption or version of The Examen. It may not be the one with which some of you may be familiar or one that can be found in many published prayer books. This Examen is a version, we thought, for beginners like many of us who are exploring the idea of prayer.
You may download the free version of The Examen from this website. There are several versions of The Examen which are available to download which include a male and female prayer guide, a 3-minute version which may be more suitable for younger members of the parish, and a YouTube version with the guided prayer on the screen too.
You may also download the document version of The Examen which can be printed out or made into prayer cards and distributed on Youth Sunday in your own parishes or partnerships.
To download, right-click on the orange button and choose the Save/Download option.
The Examen with a Male Prayer Guide
The Examen with a Female Prayer Guide
In addition to The Examen, we are also providing you with other resources which you may use or adapt to help you celebrate Youth Sunday. Click the buttons below to download the resource.
The Joy of the Lord is my Strength Instructional Video
One of the suggested songs for the celebration of Youth Sunday is 'The Joy of the Lord is my Strength' by Rend Collective. The Youth Ministry Team has put together a dance move to accompany the song. Below is the instructional video to accompany the song which the young people learn along with the adults who may wish to join in.
Youth Sunday Resources DVD
Youth Sunday Resources Online Download