Youth Weekend in SSM – with Launch of NACTION!
“Actions speak louder than words.” 1 John 3:18
The Canada West youth rallied to Sault Ste. Marie for the May Long Weekend this year. It was a long overdue reunion for the youth in the district, as well as the kick off for the Canada West District NACTION initiative (standing for New Apostolic Christians in Action). This initiative is based on the bible verse: actions speak louder than our words.
The Youth arrived Friday night and had a chance to catch up and dust off friendships before a jam-packed day of activity on Saturday – including Indian River Rafting and touring Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island – all located in Michigan. The teams raced to finish first and soaked all other competitors in the earlier part of the day and the afternoon and evening was spent relaxing and leisurely touring Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island.
A group of our Pillars (19+ Adults) ferried across to Mackinaw Island together with Bishop N. Jansen to enjoy the scenic and horse-drawn quaintness of the historical island, where bicycles and horses are the only mode of transportation. The rest of the youth stayed on the mainland and enjoyed the fudge, ice cream and shopping.
On Sunday morning, the youth and friends attended the Sault Ste. Marie West congregation for the Chief Apostle Transmission service and after a hearty pasta and meatball lunch, we kicked off our NACTION initiative. All of the youth received a personalized t-shirt sporting the logo, and the bible reference that “Actions Speak Louder Than Words”. Then the youth broke into groups and travelled throughout the city on a photo scavenger hunt, showing random acts of kindness and capturing on camera, the actions that exemplified the fruits of the spirit.
For the close of the weekend the group enjoyed BBQs at two of the Priests’ homes and had a chance to recount the weekend with laughter and excitement. They also enjoyed movie-esque presentations of pictures and music from the weekend’s activities that were skillfully put together that afternoon by some of our technology-savvy pillars and youth.