The Youth Association of Sydney’s road trip to the city of Melbourne, Victoria delivered a weekend full of sightseeing, music, good humour and worship.
The trip, which took place over the June long weekend, officially began when a coach bus filled with 50 Youth Association members at St Hurmzid Cathedral, Sydney, on the evening of 10 June.
Before departing, Rev. Narsai Youkhanis, Youth Association chaplain, led a special prayer for travellers.
The following morning, the youth arrived at Melbourne’s Mahoney’s Best Western Inn for check in and rest before visiting the Amazing Games recreation centre at Wallington.
Games including the Giant Maze and Mini Golf was organised for the youth, followed by a barbeque lunch at the picnic grounds of the recreation centre.
During the trip, youth toured Melbourne’s most popular attractions and enjoyed dinner together.
At the conclusion of the first day of the trip, the youth rested and prepared for day 2, where attending the offering of the Holy Eucharist was on the top of the list.
Sunday began with attending the Holy Eucharist at St George Church in Reservoir, a highlight of the trip for many.
The Holy Eucharist was offered by Rev. Narsai supported by other Sydney clergy including Deacon Ninos Elya, Deacon Steven Khizan, Deacon Sargon Al-Nezari, Deacon George Rasho, Deacon Ramen Youkhanis and Lector Christopher Khouchaba.
The presence of the youth at the service gave an encouraging boost to the parishioners of St George Church, who expressed their regards for one another in joint fellowship at the conclusion of the service.
Later, the youth visited the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), which allowed everyone to explore and research the spectacular technology on show.
On the last evening of the trip, joint bible studies and fellowship for both Sydney and Melbourne Youth Associations was organised at Ishtar Reception, Coolaroo. Laughter, songs, dances and love were shared by all those present.
A special thanks was given to Rev. Gewargis Toma, parish priest of St George Church for organising the night.[nggallery id=210]