Organising and facilitating school retreats and reflection days is one of the main ministries of Catholic Youth Services (CYS). Activities and reflection days ranging from a couple of hours to full day and overnight retreats are available.The Mission Team, aged 18 to 30, have the experience and training necessary to reach young people using a range of dynamic mediums. A typical program integrates games, interactive activities, multimedia, talks and testimonies to give the variety necessary to hold the attention of young people.
In 2011 Catholic Youth Services entered into a partnership with NET Ministries. All our Mission team members will receive 6 weeks intensive formation and training from NET Ministries in Jan/Feb with other young people serving on teams throughout Australia and then the CYS NET Mission team will be available to you for all your school reflection day and retreat needs. The team is fully approved and supported by the Catholic Education Office Sydney (CEO). Eastern Region CEO Representative Chris Hopkins says that “members of the Mission Team are faithfully living out the mission of the Church by giving young people an opportunity to encounter a relationship with Jesus.”
To download further information on the CYS NET Mission Team and the services they provide click here.
To download a retreat booking form click here.
Some comments from schools that have used the CYS Mission Team:
“The kids loved CYS! They were so good with the kids, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them so interested in anything to do with God”
“CYS tailored a program to fit in with our students. It made all the difference to us.”
“Our students are tough to work with, we know that. So when the CYS team turned up and started to connect with our students almost immediately, I was so relieved. It was nice to know that they were able to reach kids in a way that we as teachers never could.”
“What a joy to see young people working so well with our Year 9 boys. They were inspirational with the way they kept things rolling along with such enthusiasm. We will definitely be having them back next year.”
“We use the CYS team every year. Running retreats and reflection days with the CYS makes life so much less stressful. As a busy REC I appreciate the opportunity to learn new things myself by watching them in action. I don’t think I would go back to running them myself while the CYS team is around.”
“CYS take all the hassle out of being responsible for retreats. Right from the outset, I felt reassured that the girls & boys would have a great day and we would have something to work with afterwards. The looks on the faces told the story... they were beaming for days.”