On the 14th-15th of March 145 Students, 24 Youth Ministry officers and 20 Parish Secondary Schools staff members attended LEAD at McAuley Catholic College, Grafton.
Grow. Harvest. Rejoice. was the theme of this two day gathering for senior students (Year 11 and 12) to grow in Skill and Virtue. The Welcome to Country led by local elder Dean was a wonderful start to LEAD. He got the students up to learn a dance and this really set an inclusive and engaging mood to kick off the gathering.
There were a variety of activities the group participated in with the Connect Proclaim Respond (CPR) process being used throughout to develop workshop themes.
The activities were facilitated by the Lismore Diocese Youth Ministry Officers who shared input on themes of servant leadership, missionary discipleship and personal testimony and stories.
Lismore Diocese Worship Band, Wildfire led the praise and worship throughout LEAD with the Thursday night rally a particularly moving experience with many students appreciating and commenting on the effectiveness of adoration as a time to spend with Jesus.