UDYC’s December & January Update
International Exchange Trip to Romania
Our International Exchange Trip to Romania took place from Thursday 26th October 2018 to Sunday 4th November 2018. It was a fabulous experience for all of those involved. The ten from our United Diocese were joined for the trip by young people and leaders from Romania and Germany.
The outward overnight trip from Dublin airport was with Blue Air to Baccau airport. After a long bus journey the group arrived at accommodation for the 10 days close to the city of Rădăuți. Rădăuți is a city in Suceava County, north-eastern Romania. It is situated in the historical region of Bukovina.
Just after lunch on Friday, the Romanian group from National College Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi arrived and later in the evening the German group Ev.-luth. Kirchengemeinde Altenwalde in Germany. After a welcomed pizza supper a number of Icebreaker games and introductory session was held.
There were a huge number of highlights during the trip but the following were some of them: numerous games from each of the countries, Irish night , German night, Working with drama group, Discussion groups, free time sessions chatting, jigsaw making, guided tour of Radauti, visiting school of Romanian group for tour , presentation & lunch, street markets, visiting the estate for homeless children of the monastery Bogdana, exploration trip of the famous monasteries which belong to the UNESCO world heritage, visit to an after schools club, Zip Line, Paint Ball, Visit to a Salt Mine, swimming at a local pool, hiking in the woods with a forester called Filip, horse riding at a Stud-farm, visit to Pottery village of Marginea, Historical village, castle and Shopping in Suceava, eating out at a restaurant on last evening etc.
The Irish group arrived back safely in Dublin airport on Sunday afternoon tired but very happy having enjoyed a superb experience on this trip in Romania. It is hoped the Romanian and German group will visit Ireland during 2019.
Autumn Adventure Weekend
The Adventure did begin! Our Autumn Adventure Weekend 2018 was a splendid opportunity for all those attending secondary school for an action packed weekend of fun, faith and fellowship…..
The event took place from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November at Lilliput Outdoor Adventure Centre located in Jonathan Swift Park on the shores of Lough Ennell about 10 minutes from the town of Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
The Worship & Teaching sessions were facilitated by Chloe and Anna from International Justice Mission throughout the weekend. It was particularly brilliant to have live worship music for these session. The programme prepared with bible readings, music, 3d audio visual, drama, video clips and spoken words were absolutely superb. The prayer space on Saturday evening was a particular highlight for everyone.
The Outdoor Adventure Activities during the weekend included Bog Run, Kayaking, Climbing Tower, Aeroball, Capture the flag, Sniper, Night Line, Laser Game and Orienteering There was much Open Fire conversations, chat and song with Lots of good food and a little bit of sleep!!! Everyone departed for home on Sunday evening tired but happy having had a great weekend.
Mega Christmas Day Trip to Dublin
Our Mega Christmas Day trip to Dublin will take place on Saturday 29th December 2018. Last year 67 joined us for this exciting trip which was great. This event is open to all those of 10 plus years and upwards. An action packed day will include Jumpzone Indoor Trampoline Park @ Sandyford, Funderland @ R.D.S. (wristband for unlimited attractions included again this year), I-SKATE on Ice @ R.D.S. , Fast Food @ Mc Donald’s Kylemore, Karting @ Kylemore Karting. There will also be return transport from Limerick, Birdhill, Nenagh, Moneygall, Roscrea & Portlaoise. The cost for transport, activities, food (food not included on outward and return trips) is €60 or €50 each if two or more from same family attending or if joining both day trips. Closing Date for receipt of bookings is Thursday 20th December 2018.
National Youth Forum
This event will be an opportunity for all 15- 18 year olds to come together with delegates from each of the 12 dioceses of Church of Ireland. It is hoped that each Diocese will have six delegates and two adult leaders. The event will take place at City North Hotel in Julianstown from Friday evening 18th to Saturday evening 19th January 2019. If you or you know of any suitable delegate please do not hesitate to contact Edward @ 087/2907553 as soon as possible please.