Young people on a Mission in Monkstown

Paula Lough.
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CHURCH of the Good Shepherd (COGS) in Monkstown is hosting a team of 23 young adults and leaders from Youth With a Mission (YWAM), Boston, USA as they undertake a week of outreach in Newtownabbey this week (May 17 - 24).

The visit was instigated and largely organised by Paula Lough, a young adult member of COGS who has spent the last four months at the Boston YWAM base as a student at their Creative Arts Discipleship Training School (DTS). She is currently on tour with the YWAM team throughout the USA’s east coast states.

While working primarily with COGS and its Sunday School, Bible Class, Kidz & Youth Clubs, the YWAM team will also be connecting with Fringe Youthworks & Drop In at Monkstown Village Initiatives. They will also be leading assemblies in local schools and speaking to classes in Hollybank Primary School.

As a united church, COGS always seeks to work in partnership with other churches where possible, and this outreach week is no exception. So the YWAM team will also join forces with the Children’s Team and Youth Ministries at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Whitewell; participate in street outreach in Glengormley with members from the People’s Church; and help teams from the Dream Centre/Jordanstown Christian Centre in their community work in Glenville.

One of the highlights of the week’s outreach in Monkstown will be the performance of ‘Encounter’ - a multimedia presentation of the Gospel through dance, mime, music, drama, creative arts and testimony.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which will take place at COGS on Sunday, May 20 at 6.30pm, to give to the borough’s international visitors a great welcome.

The YWAM team will leave Northern Ireland on May 24 to take on further outreach work in other parts of the UK.

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