Posted by Calia Sandona
on 11 September 2019
This year St Michael's College has supported a Henley Parish initiative to enrich our Religious Education program through faith stories from young people connected with the local parish. Fr Krish Mathavan facilitated the program, which involved Antioch Members Sherina, Sam and Marty, and St Michael's College staff Sr Nithya and Lasallian Youth Minister, Calia Sandona. The team presented to eleven, Year 10 Religious Education classes with a focus on "Images of God" and "Prayer". This collaborative work allowed the students to engage in deeper thinking on topics that are part of the Religious Education curriculum and explore ideas connecting with their own faith.
Students attended their assigned session in the Chapel and engaged in some group sharing and prayer. Students were split into smaller groups, which allowed for more intimate and depth of sharing with their peers and group leader. The end of the session consisted of a panel and the students were asked to write questions on a piece of paper for them to answer. The questions were centered around the themes of faith, "when it comes to sharing faith, how much do you share?", the Bible, "What is your favourite book within the bible?", prayer, "how often are we meant to pray?" and journey, "where do you see yourself in your faith 5 years from now?".
The collaboration between St Michael's College Youth Ministry and the Henley Parish has been a fantastic addition to the Religious Education curriculum and a creative way to promote faith in young people.