Activ8ed takes the 1000 Steps

160227-activ8ed-1000steps-01The Activ8ed (Youth) group of our church went out of the usual Friday evening fellowship and bible study to get out and go to the Dandenong Ranges National Park, which is an hour and half drive from Melbourne.

They’ve taken and walked the 1000 Steps Kokoda Trail, a unique and renowned tourist spot at Mt. Dandenong.

Being the first Activ8ed outing for the year, everyone was excited as the weather forecast was warm and sunny.

Organized by the leaders of the youth, they’ve arranged themselves car pooling, packed lunch such as sandwiches and juice boxes, and went prepared with a first-aid kit, not to mention a nurse in the group.

160227-activ8ed-1000steps-03The day started bit cloudy and cold, but turned glorious sunny and cool when they arrived. They’ve started the walk as soon as everyone checked in.

The walk felt like forever – quoted by one youth

Our pastor and wife, plus a couple of parents joined to oversee the trip and made it to the top as well.

Going up was just half of the story. The other half perhaps was better.

Tiring but fun and for sure there will be more adventures being planned this year.

Contributed by JanPaul M

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Mission Possible Youth Protocol

It was an idyllic Saturday night. One could not fault the sun in all its ethereal glory in the afternoon and the slightly cooler breeze of 6.30pm onwards. A perfect weather for a perfect night.

On the 10th of November, we hosted a Benefit Concert entitled “Mission Possible : Youth Protocol” under the organization of its youth ministry, the Activ8ed Youth and the Missions Team.

This Benefit Concert was run as a fund raising event to support a mission trip to the Philippines in 2013 which will be led by the Evangelism and Mission’s ministry in continuation of the drive to “Reach Out to Reach In.”

With the reins handed solely to the younger generation, it was a task that was met with eager anticipation and excitement. The line-up for the night was an extraordinary mix of people from various ages of various musical interests and abilities that all wowed the audience.

The night was opened by the Activ8ed Youth band followed by high-school graduates and soloists who performed covers of pop songs and powerfully-performed contemporary Christian music both from volunteer performers and members from our church. Several original songs were also played by a local band, Unique New York and a former VCE music performance student that was adored by the crowd.

But the acts didn’t stop there! Christian rapper and passionate musical evangelist Vee Syjongtian invited the crowd to the mosh as he performed his two original works while a local dance crew, Kus Crew, led by an Activ8ed Youth member also centred the stage performing a hip-hop collaboration; the only dance act of the night.

The crowd was pumped and the smiles and shouts of encouragements were proof of one great night. A game was even played, inviting participation from the crowd to come at front to dance Gangnam Style; a fun break to the usual custom as viewers to being the performers themselves.

Food was served throughout the night too, with the traditional Filipino dish lumpia (spring rolls) as the hero of the night.

All in all, it was a great night of music and fellowship centred on the goal of raising funds for the Philippines. The feedbacks from the volunteer performers and the guests set the stage for more to come from our church. It truly was a night where the mission became possible.

Contributed by Cassie C and JanPaul M

See also:
Evangelism Ministry