At the end of March, 5 youth and 2 leaders from Nova Scotia ventured to Conception Bay South, Newfoundland to spend a weekend with nearly youth and leaders from Newfoundland, Labrador, and Manitoba for the Avalon Archdeaconry’s annual youth conference GPS.
The conference took place at All Saints, Foxtrap, which is where the group stayed for the weekend. The first day was spent youth and leaders from the Diocese of Brandon who were also participating in the conference. Bad weather limited how much exploring could happen on the first day, but an expedition for Pineapple Crush (which isn’t available in Nova Scotia) was very successful.
GPS began on the evening of the 30th, and continued until just before noon on the 2nd. Bishop Bill Cliff from Brandon was the speaker, and he spoke about how to read the gospels and the importance of grace and mercy in our lives. He is an excellent speaker and kept all of the youth engaged each time he spoke to them. There also was time for preparing gifts for the community we would be worshipping with on Sunday morning – baking shortbread cookies and preparing flower arrangements.
Throughout the weekend, there was a regular rhythm of worship, with morning and evening prayer each day prepared and led by the GPS planning team with lots of participation from youth. The music was often led by the worship band from a nearby church, and was a highlight for most of our team.
After church on Sunday, the NSPEI group headed out for some exploring, finding Cape Spear, Signal Hill, Quidi Vidi, and a few stores to do a bit of shopping before heading home.
The youth that went all had great experiences, and particularly enjoyed the worship, making cookies, and getting to know other young people from different provinces. They were an exceptionally appreciative group, and were really grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to Newfoundland and participate in GPS.