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Diocesan youth event goes from strength to strength

Diocesan youth event goes from strength to strength

Youth groups from around the Diocese of Down and Dromore had another brilliant evening together at Saturday Night Live last weekend.

St Donard’s in Bloomfield hosted 120 plus young people representing 14 parishes, some of whom sent their groups for the first time.

The speaker this month was Donna Neill, Youth and Children’s Worker in St Mary’s, Ballybeen. Donna spoke on Psalm 23 as part of the SNL series exploring what the Psalms say to us today.

Sarah Miles from Willowfield led the SNL band and Charlotte Geddis from Holywood Parish co–hosted with our Diocesan Youth Officer, Tim Burns.

The team had the happy problem of needing more chairs as attendance has steadily grown as SNL passes the halfway point in its third year.

But numerical growth isn’t the only story here.

Tim Burns said: “Saturday Night Live has morphed into more of a youth–led event over the last two years which is very exciting and I’m really encouraged by the band and the team of young leaders. Quite a few of them have come through our SERVE Programme and they’re helping to host, play in the band and take care of the sound and visuals. We have a really strong team of adult and young volunteers and they’re all eager, which is wonderful!

“Thanks also to St Donard’s for such a warm welcome and a great venue.”

Click here to see some photos.