Even amongst the uncertainty of recent months, there’s one thing that is certain to bring hope and joy and that’s a young people’s day out. Rounding off an eventful summer, PSALMS (Putting Sport Alongside Local Ministries) hosted two faith-adventure days for a total of 63 young people from across Gloucestershire, combining the work of PSALMS and connecting Christian youth provisions.
Much like the rest of the year, the highlight of the year for PSALMS sports ministry looked drastically different to normal. Normally, the weeklong residential at TRAC (Tom Roberts Adventure Centre) brings together the consistent and intentional work of PSALMS’ groups in each of its partner areas, to celebrate how God has worked throughout the year and go further into faith. This year the opportunity for a one-day event ensured this highlight still managed to take place, with Take10@TRAC providing a space to take a time out from the unclear, to point towards the clear points of God’s work.
The opportunity to explore Hebrews 13:8, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever’, gave a wonderful opportunity for young people to process the last six months of lockdown, recognising where Christ has been at work in their lives during this time and reaffirming how He is with us in each moment and will continue to be as they prepare to go back into schools. The day had a brilliant variety of activities, from a reflection trail and campfire sessions, to Paddle Boarding, Archery and Pilates supported by WhatSUP instructors and Kay Skinner Fitness.
The success of bringing together both PSALMS and Diocese wide contacts led to a wonderful day for the young people with highlights including the young people ‘feeling cared for’ in sessions that were ‘constantly both reflective and practical fun sessions’ and looking forward to the next opportunity to join in with their local PSALMS and Church groups, some of which were looking to go to their youth club for the first time after this event.