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Central Melanesia rallies youth to camp
April 9, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] More than 500 young people from the Diocese of Central Melanesia are given the opportunity to share, learn and experience their ministry together this Easter weekend at Balasuna on Guadalcanal plains east of the capital Honiara.

The annual Easter rally which starts this evening is organized by the Diocesan Youth Office together with the Provincial Youth Office of the Anglican Church of Melanesia.

This year’s camp theme is “taking this generation for Christ”.

Provincial Youth Coordinator Chris Talo said young people are very excited about the opportunity and are looking forward to share and participate together in the activities through singing, bible teachings and discussions, forums as well as among others share in their culture, ethnicity, identity and values.

“Daily devotion and prayers will be a forerunner in all programmes and activities of the meeting in order to allow young people express their faith through worship and experience spiritual and personal encounter with the Lord.”

He said the rally will also give young people who are in leadership positions a chance to share their knowledge and expertise on youth leadership roles and responsibilities.

“This will help in empowering, equipping and strengthening current and future potential leaders,” he said.

Information and educational awareness talks on social and health issues challenging and affecting young people today will also be part of the weekend camp including sports and recreational activities.

Various personnel’s from the Health, Non-government organizations and the Church have been identified as key speakers to the programme.

Vicar General of the Diocese of Central Melanesia Bishop Johnnie Kuper will lead priests from the parishes in worship services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Diocesan Youth Coordinator Milton Phillips said he is optimistic of the benefits the rally will bring to the youth.

“Young people will be empowered to be fully committed in Church and youth activities, demonstrate leadership with confidence and dedication, discover positive behavior and attitude and become witnesses to other youth of their experiences of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Youth population in the Diocese accounts for half the total population of 22 thousand Anglicans spread over 10 parishes both within and outside of Honiara city.

This number continues to grow therefore such a youth gathering he said is important in the face of many religious and social challenges in the Church today.

The rally ends on Easter Monday next week.