IMYC’s Big Weekend happened on 2-4 February and was a combination of our young leaders training weekend ‘Overflow’ and a volunteer training day on Saturday. There was a venue in Dundrum Methodist, Dublin and Trinity Methodist, Lisburn. Here’s how Lauren, a young person from Glengormley Methodist, found her experience at the Lisburn venue.
On the 2nd of February 2018, I had the privilege to attend IMYC’s Big Weekend. This weekend for me was about growing in my faith, meeting new people and gaining more confidence in becoming a leader in the church, all of which I achieved.
Upon arrival at Trinity Methodist Church in Lisburn, we were given a ‘goody bag’ which had water, chocolate, a folder, a pen and a notebook in it. There was also a small personal Bible verse given to each young person. Mine was ‘perhaps you were born for such a time as this’ – Esther 4v14b. I really related to this verse; it was perfect to me. After we got our Lanyards, we headed into the main hall where we got stuck into the programme. Lisa Best got us going straightaway right into games to get everyone settled and mingling with each other.
On the Friday night after supper, we got into our small groups and went back into the main hall and gathered for what was called ‘Dutch Auction’. It was quite clear no one had any clue what this was going to be! After it was explained by Gareth and Matty, it turned out to be actually quite an amusing activity. It was weird and random challenges, where each small group would bet how many of the random challenge you could do in a specific time period. There were challenges from popping balloons with your backside to throwing sweets at each other to doing 45 push-ups in 30 seconds (fair play, Adam). Nonetheless, it was a really good way to bond with others and get to know your small group more.
My small group leader was the one and only Snookie (Rebekka Snoek, TOM29), who made our small group a comfortable and relaxed environment to be in as we got to know about each other more throughout the weekend. Each time we heard a talk, we would come together and reflect on what we had just heard and share our thoughts and viewpoints. On the Sunday morning, each small group wrote a prayer about a specific topic, which we prayed during the Sunday morning service. My prayer was about how I wanted God to help the Overflowers as they leave the weekend; that they be protected from temptations and to not be led astray from his everlasting love.