by Hellen P.
Initially on finding out about the retreat it caught my attention as something different. I thought to myself, "that sounds really interesting and I would really like to go"... then my second, third and fourth thoughts were:
"can't go", " don't know anyone", "don't really want to go alone"..."so better forget it!!!"
To make a long story short, I wanted to know more about it, so I struck up a conversation with one of the youth from our parish. From there we attended the retreat and the state youth conference together and are now great friends.
I am so pleased that I went and I got so much out of it. As this was my first year attending (2009) I only went for the one day. I thought I could check it out and maybe bring my family along the following year. On arrival everyone was very friendly and welcoming. To be part of the Liturgy in such a different location was a wonderful experience, as I've always only known the Liturgy inside the actual Church.
The talks were informative and question time at the end of each talk was always welcomed. Breaking off into groups for discussion was interesting, and the enthusiasm was good. I was really glad I attended the Retreat, and will hopefully be able to attend again. The archery was so much fun! I would never ordinarily think of doing that, however it was heaps of fun.
I recommend the retreat - well organised, enjoyable, and nice to be with like minded people who have a keenness to further explore their faith.
(This year's retreat is being held at Stanwell Tops, October 15th-17th.
Do what Hellen did from our parish and ask someone next to you! You can find an application form here. You can bring your application form and money to church on Sunday where it will be collected after Liturgy.)