Teen Hope Are you interested in working with young people? Teen Hope is a parish based faith outreach to Teens and we are currently looking for leaders from the Clontarf, Howth and Sutton Parishes. If you are interested please email Siobhan firstname.lastname@example.org
Teen Hope is a new parish based programme for faith outreach to teens led by the youth evangelisation team in St Paul’s, Arran Quay. It is currently in its pilot phase. Its aim is to help the young person discover their true value and worth, inspired by Jeremiah 29:11 @I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for your peace, not disaster, reserving a future full of hope for you”
Teen Hope involves calling forward local volunteers to become leaders to the younger generations in their parish. Training for the Teen Hope leaders from the parish grouping of Sandyford, Balally, Kilternan and Glencullan took place in 2017 and in January 2018 we launched Teen Hope. Over the past few months, the teens have enjoyed sessions on Gratitude, Self-Esteem, Justice and Peace and Sharing our Gifts. During their session on Justice and Peace the teens heard from two excellent speakers – Declan Murphy and Siobhan Tighe. Declan spoke about his time in Zambia building houses with Habitat for Humanity and how profoundly it had changed his perspective on life. He was so inspired by his time with habitat for humanity that he is organizing another group to go from Sandyford parish later this year. Siobhan spoke to the teens about the incredible work that Trocaire is continuing to do in Serra Leone after a devastating mudslide destroyed a community. The teens from Teen Hope inspired by these charities, organized and accomplished a bake sale in the parish on Palm Sunday after the 6pm mass. They raised 400 euro that they will split between the two charities.
Teen Hope continues to provide support and opportunities for teenagers to encounter and get to know God in Jesus Christ, through fun and exciting activities, while building faith friendships. Throughout their time with Teen Hope we have seen the teen’s bond together in faith and grow spiritually. They have become examples of young disciples for their parishes.