The energy was high as over 400 students from 24 schools in the Diocese of Parramatta attended LIFTED Live Jr at West HQ, Rooty Hill on Thursday 19th May.
Organized by Catholic Youth Parramatta (CYP) in collaboration with Catholic Education (CEDP), the annual LIFTED Live Jr event is a dynamic day bringing together Years 5 and 6 students in music and faith.
With the event moved online last year due to COVID, students were thrilled to find themselves dancing and singing in the concert environment as they made new friends and listened to personal musings from teachers and students. other guest speakers on their experiences of faith and recognition of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.
Special guest Gen Bryant, a Melbourne-based contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter, kept everyone on their feet from the start of the day until the afternoon, between sharing stories about his faith and his interactions with the Holy Spirit. Drawing on his experience as a performer, Gen shared the challenges of overcoming stage fright to provide a relatable story for students about believing in themselves and the talents God gave them to find the strength to cope. to their fears.
Ivy, a Year 5 student from St Michael’s Baulkham Hills Primary School, said she gained a lot from the day.
“It was so fun and quite hyped, which I really enjoyed,” Ivy said. “What I liked the most were the songs and the way we worked with children from different schools.”
Grade 5 students Lilly and Kate from St Thomas Aquinas Elementary School in Springwood were also inspired by the opportunity.
“I really learned how the Holy Spirit is part of our lives,” Kate said.
“And how the lyrics of the songs we sang bring the Holy Spirit to us,” Lilly added.
Candice Lazaroo, Faith in Action teacher, St Michael’s Primary School in Baulkham Hills, encourages attendance at these events where students can share their faith. She leads a weekly youth group at school called ‘Faith on Fire’ for Year 5 students and is also actively involved in St Michael’s Parish as a youth leader.
She said LIFTED Live Jr and other youth-focused events are great opportunities for young people to come together and celebrate the larger faith community of which they are a part.
“Youth ministry has been and still is an important part of my life,” Candice said. “It is important to me to establish real links with the parish and the school. We want students to have exciting faith experiences at events like LIFTED, where their faith comes alive.
“I love to share the joy these experiences bring to our community so that the younger generation will know how much God wants to be a part of their lives and that they can be brave and bold, say yes to God and live their faith on fire. ,” she says.
The LIFTED Live events continued on Friday, May 20 with the LIFTED Live Unleashed session with Grade 9 and 10 students during the day and the LIFTED Live for youth and families across the Diocese in the evening.
With thanks to Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.