KAYD18 Timeline 2018

17 12 2018

Shalom, perjalanan menuju KAYD19 semakin hampir. Ini merupakan perjalanan aktiviti terakhir bagi tahun 2018.

Pada tahun hadapan kami akan memaparkan lagi perjalanan aktiviti menjelang KAYD19 antara missa penutupan KAYD18 di peringkat paroki. Selain itu, pada tahun hadapan juga, setiap  Parish Youth Ministry and juga Youth Groups akan menjalankan misi @ mission exposure yang berbeza mengikut isu yang dihadapi di paroki masing-masing. Ini selaras dengan tema KAYD19 iaitu “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word”  – Luke 1:38

Jadi, teman-teman sekalian, jangan lupa untuk terus bersama kami untuk mengetahui maklumat  maklumat lanjut berkenaan dengan KAYD19 sehingga menuju hari kemuncaknya pada 31 Ogos 2019 – 2 September 2019.


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Kuching Young Christian Student Joseph Cardjin Camp 2018

7 12 2018

The Theme: The least, the last and the lost 

Photo session after Solidarity Night

BAU – Just recently, the Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) held their annual Joseph Cardijn Camp from the 26th of November to the 28th of November 2018 at Kampung Suba Buan, Bau under Saint Lawrence Ruiz’s Church. The camp’s theme was “The Least, The Last and The Lost” and the camp had gathered approximately 120 participants from various schools including the village’s youth ministry. 26 foster families willingly offered the participants and committees to stay in their homes with opened arms for three days and two nights.

The theme “The Least, The Last and The Lost” was chosen by the camp committees along with the bible verse, Matthew 9:2, “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart son; your sins are forgiven.””. This theme focuses on the faithful ones helping the ones who have the least in faith, and the lost, the ones who doubt God’s teaching. This theme was also chosen to focus on our youth’s faith in God that was slowly weakening so our youth can deepen their faith in God. As always, this camp was also made to bring members of the Young Christian Students (YCS) Club from various schools together so they can encounter the Lord and to deepen their knowledge on YCS’ methodology, “SEE, JUDGE AND ACT”.

Team building games ” Pass the Good News”

Most of the participants traveled to the venue by buses from Saint Joseph’s Cathedral, Kuching meanwhile the remaining participants traveled to Kampung Suba Buan with their own vehicles. The participants were welcomed heartwarmingly along with the Bidayuh traditional dance by the orang kampung and Saint Lawrence Ruiz’s Church’s chairman welcomed the participants with a speech. Everyone was then divided into their respective homes. As noon arrived, the camp coordinator, Marlene Ram and her vice coordinator, Bryan Yap, introduced the purpose and meaning of this camp especially to the first timers. Later in the afternoon, the game masters, specifically the orang kampung, held a teambuilding game which mainly reflected on the theme, “The Least, The Last and The Lost”. Later that night, a “SEE” session was done by one of the senior animators, Danny Veno about how the teambuilding game earlier that day reflected a lot on the theme. The participants were then told to relate the problems they faced during the game to their daily lives.

 

The second day started off with a mass, led by Rev. Fr. John Chong and was conducted by the village’s church’s youth ministry. The next session, which was the first part of “JUDGE” was done by Esther Chai. She explained “The Least, The Last and The Lost” by using three different personas from the bible so the participants could deepen their understanding on the camp’s theme. The second part of “JUDGE” session was done by Rachel Tiong which was more of a reflective session so the participants can reflect on themselves on how they could help the least as the faithful ones. On the same day, a Christmas themed Solidarity Night was held and it gathered all the foster families so they could bond even more with the participants and committees. During the night itself, a few orang kampung and participants shared about their faith in Christ. Performances were also held by the orang kampung to showcase their traditional moves. The participants and foster families bonded really well as they spent their time getting to know each other throughout the night.

Praise & Worship Session lead by music team

On the third day, the participants started off their morning with a creative morning prayer where they were told to write their prayer intentions onto a piece of paper to be prayed over. The last session, which was the “ACT” session was done by Mark Ethan where it was divided into two parts; individually and group work following the participants’ respective schools. The session focused on what actions the participants should take as YCS members to help the least and the lost individually and in their respective schools. To conclude the final day of camp, a sending-off mass was led by Rev. Fr. Ramon Borja. The camp ended blissfully despite the emotional speech from the church’s chairman. Overall, JC Camp 2018 ended with tearful smiles from the participants and committees and they got to understand and regain their faith in God alongside to know what they can do to help the least. We, the Kuching Young Christian Students would like to thank the orang kampung who have sacrificed their energy to provide us homes and excellent foods. On the other hand, we look forward to see more students participating in our future camps!

“Judge part” given by senior KYCS, Rachel Tiong

 

“This camp was an amazing experience. I get to know new friends from other schools, bond with my housemates and our foster family too. I learnt to strengthen my faith with God in my session and that got me closer to God. I would still want to join upcoming KYCS camps and hopefully younger generations to join us.” – Ivette Bell, SMK Batu Lintang

 

JC camp is my first camp that and it was also my first time going to a village, it was a really new experience that I’ve  gained unlike other camps that I’ve joined. Leaving JC Camp made me sad despite the language barrier that I’ve faced in Kampung Suba Buan.  It was so much fun to meet new friends and to especially encounter God. The sessions during this camp made me realized that we should care about the Least, the Last and the Lost. I’m really grateful that I got the opportunity to join this camp. I would definitely regret if I didn’t sign up for this camp. – Vanessa Leong, SMK St Teresa

 

“”Love each other or perish”. This bible verse explains my whole experience during the JC camp. I’ve met a lot of new people, thrown in a new environment which was out of my comfort zone and of course, new experience and knowledge about God’s words. This particular verse touched me was because it reminded me that I should love those people around me and reach out to them, before they become the least, the last and the lost. Besides that, the Bidayuh foster family I’ve stayed with was the most amazing and friendly family I had ever met. They took us in, four girls in all including me, who were complete strangers to them, as their own family members. All in all, I’m glad I went to the camp as I met a few new friends from other school and also, most importantly, became closer to God through the games and the meaningful sessions.”

– Lisa Hii, St Joseph’s Private School

 

JC Camp was truly an extraordinary experience. It gave us the chance to find God, and our faith in Him. Hopefully speaking for most of the campers, we found him. We found him through the activities, the masses and through the sessions. I am looking forward to join JC Camp if I have the chance to in the future to dig even deeper in my faith, and to meet more new people. We came as KYCS members, but we all left as a family. –Elaina Chin, St Joseph’s International Private School

 

This camp taught me to have faith in God. Trust, patience and hope were emphasized on during the sessions. Having faith in God teaches us that He always has better plans for us. Besides that, I was given the opportunity to lead the Praise and Worship session and discovered that the youth was able to open up their hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to heal them. This camp has also taught us that helping the disabled or the ones who have lost faith in God can change our lives. –Darren Naen, SMK St Joseph

Report prepared by Easther Edele Colin





KYCS’ 2ND STUDENT-LEADER ANIMATORS GATHERING (SLAG) OF 2018

10 10 2018

SLAG Theme: Pollution affecting our mother nature and human beings  

KUCHING – The Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) held their second SLAG on the 22nd September 2018, Saturday at the St. Rose Conference Hall, Archdiocesan Curia and Cathedral Pastoral Centre (ACCPC). The main objective of this gathering was to bring the committees of the Young Christian Students from several schools such as SMK St. Joseph, SMK St. Teresa, SMK Batu Lintang, St. Joseph’s Private School, SMK Green Road and SMK Penrissen No.1. This gathering has gathered 50 attendees altogether, including the senior animators, Mark Ethan, Esther Chai, Rachel Tiong and Alex Tai.

 

The gathering started off with an ice breaking game called ‘Chinese Whisper’ and this has bonded the committees from different schools. A talk was then given by Esther Chai to focus on several pollutions that are affecting our mother nature and human beings. The speaker, Esther, related the theme ‘Pollution’ to the YCS’ motto, ‘See, Judge and Act’. This matter came to everyone’s attention that the Earth matters too as it is one of God’s greatest gift to us humans.

 

After the talk was given, a discussion on the next Joseph Cardijn Camp, also known for short, JC Camp, that will be held from 26th-28th November 2018  was done among the committees to elect the camp committees. 13 committees were elected as leaders of 13 different ministries. The committees elected were made to work together before and throughout the entire camp. After the election of committees, the election of the coordinator and vice coordinator for the KYCS’ Christmas Caroling was done voluntarily. This youthful gathering ended smoothly and with a lesson to everyone that it is our job to take care of God’s greatest gift, which is our mother nature.

 

Testimonies from two attendees:

  1. “I’ve learnt that the main cause of pollution is due to men’s greed and ignorance. God has gifted us with a beautiful Earth so we must nurture and care about the Earth. It’s not that hard to take care of Earth, doing these little steps such as recycling and carpooling can contribute a lot to the wellbeing of our mother nature. These actions also make the Earth a better place for everyone.”

-Valerie Melanie (SMK St. Teresa)

  1. “As we bonded during the ice breaking game, we overcame our shyness and made new friends. We also learned the root causes of pollutions that we face daily and how we should overcome the problems.”

-Noel Fidelis (SMK St. Joseph)

 

Prepared by Easther Edele KYCS SMK St Theresa

 





ROAD to KAYD 2019 – September 2018

20 09 2018

Hi semuanya, perjalanan KAYD untuk 2018 sudah masuk ke bulan September. Sila lihat apakah dan di manakah aktiviti KAYD yang dijalankan di paroki anda. Tunggu ‘updated‘ kami seterusnya…





World Mission Sunday ” With Youth, We Proclaim The Gospel to All”

20 09 2018

Invitation to all the youth from the age of 16- 40 years old to join this 2 days 1 night program in CMPC Singai in conjunction with World Mission Sunday. To register, please get your registration form from your parish office as soon as possible and return it registration form before 7 October 2018. See your there..





LEADERSHIP FORMATION CAMP (LFC) 2018

14 09 2018

 

Photo session together with host family & the church committee

        

From the 31st of August to the 2nd of September 2018, Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) held its annual Leadership Formation Camp. The theme of the camp was ‘Recognising a Leader’ and the camp focussed on the bible passage of Luke 24:13-35 (Road to Emmaus). The camp was held at Kampung Pueh, Sematan with 55 participants in attendance.

The camp was specially designed to train the upcoming committees of Young Christian Students (YCS) in various school how to manage the club in schools and to organize KYCS activities. A total of 5 sessions spread out over 3 days covered not only the technical aspects of leadership but also the spirituality of leadership. The participants also got a chance to deepen their knowledge on the YCS Methodology: ‘See, Judge and Act’ throughout the camp. They were also taught multiple animation songs and games to help them to attract more members to the club.

With Jesus at the centre of it all, this camp started and ended each day with a Prayer. Two masses were also held, one of which was for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation where the participants learnt about the importance of conserving the environment. The other mass was held in BM and the kampong folk also joined in. A session was also held to let the participants experience a Praise and Worship Session.

As the camp was held at Kampung Pueh, Sematan, the city participants were also exposed to life in the kampung. They learnt to appreciate the simple things in life and to not be wasteful with their resources. On behalf of KYCS, we would like to thank the kind kampong folk of Kampung Pueh who welcomed us into their homes.

“I am grateful that I got to join LFC this year. I gained leadership skills and love how the speakers try to help us grow. I hope that all participants can lead their YCS members with what was learnt at camp and I hope YCS will grow bigger. I thank all the YCS leaders in this camp for all the wonderful experiences.”- Lucia Lunggan, 16, SMK Penrissen No.1

“LFC taught me how to be a good leader. This camp showed me what a good leader needs to do. Every session was purposeful and gave us a chance to discuss in order to solve or complete the assignments. The camp not only taught us how to be a good leader but also about the importance of communicating with the community around us.’ – Celestine, 16, SMK Balai Ringin

“I am very thankful to have been a part of this camp as I have learnt lots of valuable and important lessons throughout the camp. The theme of the camp was very suitable and it was a blessing to have met the kampong people. I learnt how to be a great leader when mingling with them.”- Noel Fidelis, 15, SMK St. Joseph

“The camp was great. I met new friends and got to learn new songs which I love. I also enjoyed the team building games as it taught me about teamwork and humility. The sharing sessions were also useful and I gained a lot of knowledge from it. It was one of the best camps that I have ever attended.”- Magdalena Maya, 16, Kolej Abdillah

“The camp sessions and activities has impacted me a lot and I was able to learn about how to be a great leader. It was both an amazing and overwhelming experience to be able to participate in a once in a lifetime event.” – Frances Mikolden, 16, SMK St. Teresa

A successful camp with a clear message in which being a leader is more than just leading a team but serving others and leading together as a team. Important point such as humility, selflessness and more humble leader were stressed on throughout the sessions. Putting God in the Centre of everything that we do and taking Jesus Christ as a great example of a leader was stressed on throughout the sessions. Putting God in the center of everything that we do and taking Jesus Christ as a great example of a leader was portrayed in our theme, The Walk to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-35) – Marlene Ram, SMK St Joseph

Report prepared by Esther Chai

Team Building Games ” Shark Escape”

 

Group discussion among the participants

Leader learned action song

 





KAYD18: Facilitator Workshop

28 08 2018

KAYD18: Facilitator Workshop

KUCHING – The Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission organized their Facilitator Workshop in conjunction with their KAYD18 event. The purpose of the workshop is to gather youths from different parishes to gain knowledge in facilitation skills. The workshop also aims to ready the youth for the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Day (KAYD) which will be held next year.  24 Youths from various parishes had attended the workshop on 18th of August 2018 at the ACCPC building.

The workshop was animated by invited speaker Fr Ramon Borja SDB, whom is currently stationed at St Stephen Parish, Bau. The workshop began with a short ice breaking led by Alex Tai from KYCS Youth Group. At the workshop, Fr Ramon shared his thoughts and views the role of a facilitator. Fr Ramon then further explained the few guidelines and tips on facilitation skills from various sources like videos and songs.

In addition, the workshop promotes good sense of Christian Community as the Youth went into a group discussion. The discussion questions about the parish youth fears and what can youth learned from the role of Mother Mary. The workshop also teaches the participants to ensure that the answers to their discussion are SMART criteria answers.

Hence, the workshop proves to be a helpful platform for the participants to gain their facilitation skills and is inspiring as the participants were being exposed to the knowledge and skills by the Speaker. In addition, they also learned how to manage different personalities of people.

‘The facilitation workshop was very useful. It was conducted well by Fr. Ramon. With his guidance, we managed to gain a lot of insight on how to better facilitate not only youth gatherings but corporate meetings as well. I also learned how to manage the different personalities encountered during events and how to help everyone gain the most from group discussions.’  Esther Chai – Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS).

“It’s been a blessing for me to experience a facilitator training organized by KAYD18. Even I have been a youth leader in my parish, but still this workshop has taught me to be more than facilitating but to know the joy of youth serving youth.” said Stephanie from St Stephen, Bau.

Report prepared by Mark Ethan