The Bathurst Youth Group is a small but mighty troupe of engaged, witty and passionate 12 and 13 year olds. The members have had many exciting discussions about what it means to be a young person in this time and place - and how the ideas of religion and faith figure into thinking about climate change, social justice, interfaith friendships, democracy, culture and a whole lot more.
The young people also had lots of adventures--playing games, learning about world religions and exploring the neighbourhood. In November, the Youth Group will travel to New York City to check out how they do church, theatre and fun in the city that never sleeps.
The Youth Group wrapped up its spring activities with a visit to Mysterious Minds, an adventure game venue. Players get locked inside themed “escape rooms”, and must work together to identify clues and solve puzzles. The Bathurst United team members managed to free themselves in 64 minutes!
The Parenting Group brings parents together for evenings of conversation and delicious snacks. The group meets once a month. Anyone with children or young people living at home is invited.
Each evening begins with an hour or so of informal conversation and treats. In the second hour, participants explore topics such as the holy and unholy experiences of parenting, how to talk about sexuality to children and youth, and what it means to be a person of faith AND a parent.
The group plans a social in December and a retreat in the spring of 2020.
The Bathurst United Parenting Group has only two rules: don't bring anything but yourselves; and come when you can. There's no such thing as being “late” to the Parenting Group.