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Sunday, 18 October 2015 20:13

Evangelismos Youth: A 'Bowl-tastic' Evening

Last Friday, being the last time that we would meet up as a group for the year, we thought something special was in order. So, what did we do? We went bowling!

What a great turnout we had! It was great to see everyone again, with so many new faces joining us also.
Having arrived at the bowling centre on Greek time, we selected our groups, traded in our shoes, and put on our game faces. Let the games begin! The balls started flying. It was quite funny watching the different bowling styles and techniques. We had the infamous speed bowlers, sliding bowlers, and those that felt the pins were just taunting them. After we had finished bowling, or for some, performing, we sat down and enjoyed some hot chips and friendly conversation. We shared a few laughs, made some friends, and got a good workout. It was definitely a successful night.

Above all of that, what we most loved about the night was the enthusiasm from those who came to support us and what we're about. Those who appreciate the work that we do behind the scenes to make these events possible. Those who are eager to see what next year will bring.

For those of you that weren't able to make it, we've uploaded some photos to our gallery here. Be sure to subscribe to our website, if you haven't already done so, for information on future events.

Hi everyone. As promised, here it is, our final event for the year. We're going BOWLING!!! That's right, we're putting on some clown shoes and taking to the alley, with what can only be a competitive and wildly fun night. Click here for details on the evening.

Thursday, 03 September 2015 07:03

Evangelismos Youth: Looking to the Future

Hello everyone :)

This year, we have had a blast! Sadly, though, we're cutting the term, and year, short. With Christmas fast approaching, we've decided to focus all of our efforts on one big event. This event will be held some time later this year and will be a chance for the group to get together for one last time to celebrate the great year we've had together. The sky's the limit!

This year, we put our efforts into gathering ideas, testing programs, and finding out from you, the youth, what you most want to get out of our activities. Just like a stepping stone, this year has brought us closer to our long-term goals. By cutting the year short, we hope to have more time to plan and develop a strategy for reaching these goals. We've already come up with several ideas and now we're trying to bring them all together.

We began the year with a fresh outlook and fresh ideas. It was quickly evident that the interactive talks by Father Emmanuel were most loved. By popular demand, they became the basis for our evenings. They provided an opportunity for us to learn, grow, and become closer to God.

After our talks, we would get together for some snacks and a fun-filled activity. Our most memorable experiences together were the bread making and pizza making nights that we had.

Last Friday, which was our last evening for the term, was the eve of the Beheading of the Forerunner. As was fitting, we decided to have a Vespers service instead, remembering this great Saint.

Apolytikion

"The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for you, O Forerunner; for you have proved to be truly even more venerable than the Prophets, since you were granted to baptize in the running waters Him Whom they proclaimed. Wherefore, having contested for the truth, you rejoiced to announce the good tidings even to those in Hades: that God has appeared in the flesh, taking away the sin of the world and granting us great mercy."

Bibliography: Goarch.org, (2015). Commemoration of the Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John - August 29. [online] Available at: http://www.goarch.org/special/beheading_saint_john_the_baptist/index_html [Accessed 2 Sep. 2015].

So, while we may be going for now, keep watch because we'll be back! A huge thank you for everyone's support this year and we hope to see you again later this year.

Recalling back to our first evening together, Father Emmanuel spoke about the fast of the fifteen days of August, and how it is preparing us for the upcoming feast day of the Dormition of the Theotokos. While some consider fasting as a personal choice, the Church regards it as a necessity. The big misunderstanding by most people is that they think fasting is purely food-based and comparable to a diet. Fasting only begins with food. By fasting from food we learn discipline and obedience. This fasting then carries through to all aspects of our lives. We learn to stop serving our flesh and instead focus on things spiritual. It can help us to train our minds and even has healing properties for the body. Fasting was given to us by Jesus to help us to draw nearer to him.

Last Friday, the Evangelismos Youth met up again for the second evening of the term. Father spoke a little more on the fasting, seeing as we are now half way through. However, a large part of the discussion was on the past feast day of the Transfiguration of Christ our God (6th of August).
As it is written, “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.” (Matthew 17:1-2)
Also, “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!'” (Matthew 17:5)
When it says that Christ's face shone like the sun, it is referring to the uncreated divine energy, which is God's love. This light was too much to bear for the disciples, causing them to cover their eyes. From this event, it was confirmed to the disciples that Jesus is God. Through the voice from Heaven, we also learn about the three Persons of the Holy Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

While our talks do begin with a main point of focus, they tend to expand and reach out, covering different aspects of the Church. One of the most favourable aspects of our talks in the questions and answers part.
One point of discussion was on the different ranks of angels and their roles in our lives. Our guardian angel in particular, is assigned to us on the day of our baptism, protecting us, and continues with us even into the next life, interceding for us. As great as angels are, what's more is that we have a higher calling. Being created in His likeness, we are called to become gods by Grace. In, I Corinthians 6:2-3, it is written, “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?”

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That's right, it's us again! It's been a couple of weeks since you've seen us but here we are, renewed, and ready to go. We hope everyone had an enjoyable break. The last time that we saw each other was during the visit of the Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney. We picked up some tips, compared notes, and learnt about our faith.
So, I bet you're wondering what we've been up to during this short break. We've been planning, we've been re-evaluating, and we've been thinking about where we'd like to see this group go. Our focus for the group has always been on bringing young people into the Church and to the realisation of Truth that is God. This is the core purpose of the group. Where we'd like to see this group go is, with the expansion and implementation of branching groups; one for children, one for young adults, and one for adults themselves. We'd like to see our youth become young leaders, taking ownership of different roles within the Church. Obviously, there is still a lot of work to be done before we can reach these goals, however, it is good to keep them in mind when planning for the future.

This brings us to the main question of, what do we have planned for the upcoming term? Well, we've decided to mix things up a bit. This term, we won't be releasing a program of set events. Instead, we'll be meeting as usual each Friday evening in the Church for a talk by Father Emmanuel, after which we'll move down into the hall for coffee and conversation. The idea is that we keep the second part of the evening fairly relaxed, so that if there's anything specific that people want to do, we can do it.

Important: Due to recent developments, the youth evenings will officially recommence next week, the 31st of July, at 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing everyone then.

Sunday, 28 June 2015 20:04

Evangelismos Youth: A Short Break

Last Friday we all gathered for what was, our last activity for the term. It was our 'Introduction to Iconography' night, where we all learnt something new about Icons. In case you don't already know, the Greek word for 'Icon' is 'Αγιογραφία', which can be separated as follows:

Αγιο, meaning Holy or, not of this world, and

Γράφω, meaning to write

With this we can say that Icons are not paintings or creations of the imagination but instead, are writings of things not of this world. They are truths about a Holy person's life, or particular event. While similar and yet completely different to biographies, Icons represent things not of this world through truth and with the blessing of the Church. While aspects like colour of an Icon can be somewhat modified based on each Iconographer's style, the underlining 'writing' of the truth, so to speak, must remain unchanged.
After many questions being asked and answered, our Iconography talk reached its end. Making our way down to the hall, we all had some tea, snacks, and good conversation.

Well, here we are. Having concluded our Evangelismos Youth program for the term, a feeling of relief and excitement have struck us; relief, for the much needed break ahead of us, and yet excitement, for what we'll bring you next term. For everyone who joined us in the term finished, thank you for your support. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and we hope to see you next term.

As previously mentioned, on the 3rd of July, we had scheduled an evening at Fired! for some ceramics. However, due to a surprise visit by the Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney, this activity has been rescheduled for a later date. Instead, our regular Evangelismos Youth group members will be attending a special presentation during that week, causing our term program to end one week short. We hope you've all had a great term and hope to see you when we return in a month's time.

Last Friday we had our Home Cinema Sensation night in the Church hall. After much deliberation, we finally settled on a movie. "Shhhh, we're hiding. Everyone needs to be quiet, including me... SHHHHHH! Who's making that noise? Oh, it's me again..." That's right, we watched, "Madagascar"! With a projector, popcorn, and some mint tea, perfect for a Winter evening, what more can be asked for. We had some food, laughs, and pleasant conversation. A great evening indeed!

We are quickly nearing the end of our term with only one activity left. Our activity for this Friday is an iconography night. You'll learn about what iconography is, the different styles, and how it complements Orthodox worship. We also welcome everyone to bring in an icon to be displayed for the evening. After this first part of the evening, we'll head downstairs for some light food and drinks, and enjoy in each others' company. Everyone is invited to join us for what we anticipate will be an interactive and informative evening :)

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