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

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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

 





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

 





Kuching Youth Christian Student (KYCS) Mid-Year Camp 2018 “Finding Me”

28 06 2018

Photo session together with His grace & Orang kampung

SERIAN – The Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) recently organised their Mid-Year Camp for this year from 11th June 2018 to 13th June 2018 at Kampung Merian Bedup, Serian.  Over 100 students from various schools in Kuching with the Young Christian Students Movement (YCS) participated in this camp.  Among the participants included youths from the host village, giving a grand total of approximately 140 participants in the camp.  The participants were very blessed in this camp as 25 families in the village were willing to offer their homes as a roof over their heads for a period of three days and two nights.

In this year’s MYC, all members of the student committee agreed to have this camp themed, “Finding Me”, with bible verse Proverbs 19:21 (NIV).  There were several criteria set as objectives which were stated by the student coordinators of this camp, and later on were successfully accomplished.  For instance, the main objective was to find their true personality and identity through the camp, along with the given theme.  Besides, this camp was organised to unite the Young Christian Students from different schools with this organisation, as well as an effective platform for these YCSers to encounter Jesus through the programme.  On the other hand, this camp was set to encourage fellowship among members in Christ and learn to live out the YCS Methodology, otherwise known as the Review of Life, “SEE, JUDGE, ACT”.

The programme began with registration of participants, from both Kuching and Kampung Merian Bedup.  The participants from Kuching travelled by bus to the village, and arrived at approximately 10:45 a.m.  After being divided to their respective foster families, they were welcomed warmly by the ‘ketua kampung’ and were also given an introduction to the camp at St. James’ Catholic Church, Kampung Merian Bedup.  Later at night, on the same day, the first session was given by Madam Lucy, beginning with the first phase of the YCS Methodology, which was “SEE”.  Through the session, the participants began their journey of self-discovery.

The following day came with excitement in the heart of both participants and committees alike.  The first part of the Review of Life was continued and concluded by Madam Lucy once again, where the participants learned about their differences and emotions shown at different times.  The programme was then continued with the celebration of Holy Mass by Fr Pratap Baskey.  The next session on “JUDGE” part in the Review of Life was also presented by Madam Lucy, where the participants were learned about facing problems in their lives.  To conclude the session, the student facilitators assigned to each group performed a skit which resonated strongly with the participants.  During the final part of the programme for the day, the participants had Taize Prayer cum confession for about two hours.  The confession was carried out by Fr Pratap Baskey, Fr Arockya Raj and Fr Leonard Yap.  It was a great, fun day for the participants despite their tiredness.

On the final day of MYC 2018, the final session on “ACT” part was presented by Miss Maria and Miss Dina, where the students learned about their behaviour, making choices and thinking twice about the corresponding consequences of their choices.  Then, the Closing Mass was celebrated by His Grace Archbishop Simon Poh and co-celebrant Fr Pratap Baskey.  Everyone was blessed and excited as the sending-off ceremony included Gawai closing celebration at balai raya Kampung Merian Bedup. Overall, the camp was a success and all students were able to gain something new through this camp. Both participants and committees alike were blessed throughout this year’s Mid-Year Camp.  We, the Kuching Young Christian Students look forward to having more camps like this in the near future.

 

This camp was a very fun experience for me and this camp is also my very first one.  I got to meet a lot of new people, learn about the lifestyle in the village and tried a lot of new different delicious food.  The villagers were also very welcoming and friendly.  Despite being in a new and unfamiliar situation, I would still want to join more upcoming KYCS camps.

~ Benedict Lio, 13, SMK St. Joseph

 

The camp was a very fun, interesting and amazing experience.  The sessions helped me to find my inner self.  Stayed at the village helped me to learn the lifestyle and culture of living in a village.  The camp helped me to make new friends and helped me to learn to socialise more.  Overall, the camp has helped me make new friends, try new food, find myself etc.

~Esmund Wee, 14, St. Joseph’s International School

 

Personally, the camp is quite fun and amazing because we can learn about knowing God through ourselves, find who we were, know our strengths and weaknesses and get new friends from other schools.  In this camp, we can also know about what it is like to work in a team.  I am hopeful that this programme will be continued for the younger generations to come.

~Davison, 15, SMK Penrissen No. 1

 

In this camp, I was given the opportunity to participate as a facilitator.  It was an overwhelming experience as it truly made an impact on my life realising I am closer to finding me regarding the theme for this year’s MYC.  I learnt a lot and managed to know myself more which also enables me to accept myself for who I am, God’s child.  I was in the presence of the Lord for many sessions and that made me feel closer to Him.  I look forward to the next few camps so that more youths who want to deepen their faith will be given the chance to experience the Lord.

~Marlene Ram, 16, SMK St. Teresa

 

Mid-Year Camp 2018 once again is a blessing.  The theme “Finding Me” suits what the world is facing today.  Throughout the camp, I’ve learnt to understand myself more.  Self-discovery is a life-term experience that we have to go through everyday and my heart is more open after this camp.  I’ve met a lot of people from all walks of life and I start to trust other people more.  Before this camp, I had trust issues with a lot of people and I’m glad that I can open up more after this camp.

~Genesius Lee, 17, SMK Batu Lintang

 

Report prepared by: Bryan Yap Zhi Yung, SMK St Jospeh

The skit prepared by MYC Committee

 

Group discussion

 

Participant involved in games

 

His Grace Simon Poh has came to celebrated the Closing Mass

 

 





Student Leader Animator Gathering

17 04 2018

ACCPC: On 14 April 2018, about 28 Kuching Young Christians Students (KYCS) member from different schools has join together in Student Leader Animator Gathering (SLAG). This program been organized by senior KYCS members. The gathering started by YCS creed reading. Activities continued with The Review of Life (ROL) topic on school life to found out the students concerned from different schools in Kuching. It been discuss in three part, which is See, Judge and Act.

Furthermore, Mid-year Camp (MYC) committee also been selected during this gathering. All the KYSC member a given opportunity to discuss and propose their venue for MYC, camp theme & bible verse for the coming up camp. This 4 hours meeting end with closing prayer by the KYCS member.

Prepared by: Maria Amella





KYCS Telematch- SMK St Joseph

29 07 2015

18 July 2015, SMK St Joseph – An annual telematch organized by The Young Christian Student movement in SMK St Joseph.  The event was held to promote the KYCS initiative among students from various schools. Instilling leadership and teamwork were also part of our objectives for the telematch. SMK St Joseph’s students held the telematch under the supervision of their teacher-in-charge Madam Sii Siaw Zin. Seniors, previously YCS members from all over Kuching also contributed to make the telematch successful. There were a total number of 79 participants who took part in the event. They were from SMK St Joseph, St Joseph’s Private School, SMK Batu Lintang, SMK Batu Kawa, MRSM Kuching, SM Lodge, SMK Green Road, SMK Jalan Arang and SMK Kuching High. There were a total of 4 Game Stations for the first half of the telematch and a man hunt was conducted for the second. A photograph session was also conducted. To conclude the event, the participants took part in a water balloon war. It was a successful event despite minor setbacks and we hope in the future, we will be able to have the chance to do better in the event once again.

Jordan Ku – SMK St Joseph

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KYCS-Joseph Cardijn’s Camp

12 12 2014

From the 25th to the 27th of November 2014, Kuching Young Christian Students had its annual Joseph Cardijn’s Camp. The event was held at St. Lukas Catholic Center, Kota Padawan. The camp was attended by 46 participants and 36 serving committee members from various schools namely SMK St. Teresa, SMK St. Joseph, SMK Green Road, SMK Penrissen No.1, SMK Batu Kawa, Maktab Rendah Sains Malaysia, SMK Kuching High, St. Joseph’s Private School, SMK Balai Ringin, SMK Tebakang and SMK Westlands and ITP College from Penang. The aim of the camp is to unite YCS members in the bond of friendship and to spread awareness on the the issue face by teens in line with the theme of the camp which is “Mass Media and Youths”.

The first day of camp started off with a morning prayer followed by breakfast. Miss Lucy Gumek conducted an expectation and contribution check to help the participants to set goals to achieve during camp. A session on the first part of the YCS methodology, SEE, with the theme was then conducted by Cikgu Jenifer. The participants got to see how the media is used to influence us and to spread information regardless of its accuracy.  The day ended with Taize prayer. Through Taize prayer, the participants were provided with a peaceful environment to reflect on the day’s session.

An outdoor morning prayer started off the second day of camp. After breakfast and animation, guess speaker, Mr. Mervyn Lee, conducted a session on JUDGE. The participants were exposed to the roles of media in the Christian setting. Mass was then preside by Fr. Felix Au. After mass, lunch was consumed and a short animation session was held before Mr. Mervyn continued with the second part of his session where the participants were brought to reflect on their personal use of media. Then, a short praise and worship session was held before the participants were given time to prepare for Solidarity Night. Solidarity Night served as an outlet for the participants to perform and showcase what they have learned from camp. Every group was given the opportunity to perform.

The last segment of the YCS methodology, ACT, was introduced to the participants. The participants were given the opportunity to construct their own action plan to fight media abuse before getting into groups with their schoolmates to construct an action plan to spread media awareness in their own school. A concluding mass was then celebrated by Friar William Lee before lunch. After lunch, a general clean up was held to clean St. Lukas Catholic Center before returning home.

In general, the camp was a great success. The participants got to learn more about the media which surrounds us and to create stronger friendship ties with YCS members of other schools.

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