Retreat Theme: Healthy Relationships
Retreat Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.”
Theological and Pastoral Focus
Your Year 7s are usually a new cohort from various schools who are in the midst of ‘forming or storming’ phases of Bruce Tucker’s stages of team development, “forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning”. This faith formation retreat invites your students to reflect on what it means to cultivate a culture of welcome in their group. They will learn from scriptural stories where Jesus actively welcomes outsiders to the inside. Your students will enjoy games and sharing activities that bring them closer together and move them towards the ‘norming’ phase.
Retreat Prayer and Craft Activities
Individual Craft Prayer Activity: Your students will enjoy making “Peace Prayer Bands” that remind them of the interconnectedness of our selves, others and God. They thread 3 x 45cm coloured cords, one made of leather, one of twisted cotton and one of ribbon. They thread 3 beads onto the band at different places which they later write on as a reminder to accept themselves, welcome others and Jesus into their lives.
Group Craft Activity: Your students will create a Welcoming Hands poster where they explain what it looks like to cultivate a culture of welcome in their cohort using the Noble Gospel Values, “Brave, Empowering, Kind and Patient”.
Group Prayer: You are welcome to share your message for a few minutes to reiterate the retreat theme in your own way. Your student will receive a blessed set of Rosary Beads and pray a modified version of the Scriptural Rosary with just one decade. Your students will receive a blessing to finish.