OFFICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Monthly Bulletin

NOVEMBER 2020 | ISSUE#46

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Dear Friend,

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

 

In these final days of Ordinary Time before we enter into the season of Advent, we pray that anticipation builds in your hearts as we make the final push in our walk towards Bethlehem.

This year has been one of the most challenging for humanity as a whole as we have all had to deal with many things being out of our control.

But, we thank the Lord for bringing us to the poverty of the manger and in doing so, uniting us with Jesus Christ ever more deeply. As we enter Advent, may Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love be renewed in you!

Hold fast in faith dear friends, for Jesus WILL come!

In God’s Love,
The Team, Office for Young People

IN THIS ISSUE

PARTICIPATE

Pray for Covid-19

As we continue to navigate life in a pandemic, let us not lose faith and perservere in prayer for the Lord is our Deliverer and Healer!

LISTEN

Spotify Playlist: The Journey to Bethlehem

As we continue to walk towards the manger in anticipation of the coming of The King, let do so knowing that we have everything we need for the journey ahead.

ADVENT RESOURCES

Ahead of entering the Season of Advent at the end of the month, here are some resources to check out.

BLESSED IS SHE: MARANATHA DEVOTIONAL

A daily journey of inviting Jesus into your life and discovering more of Who He is throughout the Advent season. Available in both physical and digital versions.

ABIDING TOGETHER: UNDER MARY’S MANTLE ADVENT SERIES

An advent study series through the perspective of the Virgin Mary as an expectant mother awaiting the birth of her child. The series begins on 30 November.

THE WAY TO THE MANGER: A FAMILY ADVENT DEVOTIONAL

An advent devotional for families that include talking points and activities to do together.

Diving Deeper Into Kingdom Friendships: Part 3

“Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together.” Ephesians 4: 2-3

In this final video of the series, Julian and Joshua summarise the key themes from the kingdom friendship interviews from the last two videos. They reflect on the key elements of kingdom friendships, how they are formed, and how God’s goodness is present in them. They also talk about what to do if you desire a kingdom friendship, and what you can do with your current friendships.

We hope this video series has blessed you and stirred a desire to seek out and cultivate your own kingdom friendships. If this video has touched you, please DM @oyp.sg to let us know!

A special thank you to our 4 pairs of kingdom friends:
Brenlyn Ng, Bryan Francisco, Geraldine Soh, Gregory David, Jon Chua, Ryan Tay, Sarah Cheong, Natasha Lowe

TESTIMONY & THANKSGIVING

Poly-ITE Leaders Commissioning

On 14 Oct 2020, 17 of our Shepherds across 6 Diploma/ITE campuses were commissioned! We praise and thank God for calling them to serve in their respective communities and we are grateful to our Shepherds for their generosity. Click below to read about what our incoming and outgoing leaders are thankful for during their term of service.

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TREASURE#12 Young Adults Encounter Retreat​

“Today salvation has come to this house.” – Luke 19:9

Close to 200 young working adults spent the weekend of 5 – 8 Nov with the Lord at OYP’s 12th run of the Treasure retreat! The virtual retreat was definitely a needful time of renewal for the many parched and dry lands of our hearts in this difficult season. We praise God for being so present at this retreat, and especially for moving our hearts in humility to recognise His power and sovereignty in every area of our lives!

SAVE THE DATE

SCHOOL OF WITNESS 2021

School of Witness (SOW) is an 8-week discipleship school for young people between 18-30 years of age.

Registration details will be out on 20 Nov, Friday. Watch this space for this very exciting news!

 

 

 

 

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ONGOING

COME JOIN US ON THE MOUNT! 

Sundays on the Mount | Acts of the Apostles Formation Series Part 2

Calling young people aged from 16 to 35 years old!  Join us as we continue on the second  part of our journey through the Acts of the Apostles.

Dates:  15 Nov to 13 Dec 2020

Time:   10:30am to 1:00pm on Zoom

Sessions resume on 15 Nov! Join us as we learn about Sacraments and the Spirit!

You can sign up at anytime during this run so do not worry if you have already missed a few sessions, you can join us at any point. There is more in store! Do not hesitate to grab a friend and register today: tinyurl.com/sotm20

UPCOMING

ANEW 

Calling all Diploma/ITE students! We invite YOU to join us for a time of worship, prayer and preaching on the 25th of November. Come and allow Jesus to be the Shepherd of your life! Read what our past participants of ANEW had to say.

“I would like to thank God for the reminder to trust in him and allow him to enter more deeply in my life, to prune away bad fruits.” – Rachel Tan (NP)

“I would like to thank God for the reminder that there are many more ways to abide in Him than I may remember/practice!!” – Anne-Marie Ramachandran (TP)

“ANEW sessions have been a reminder from God that he is not done with me yet and I am thankful.” – Christian JB Obnial (NYP)

You are encouraged to join us physically at OYP, subject to parental consent. If you/ your parents are uncomfortable due to the COVID situation, please feel free to join us on zoom. Do indicate accordingly in the sign-up form.

 

UPCOMING

COMBINED UNI RETREAT 2020

Combined University Retreat (CUR) is a retreat for all university students both local and overseas, to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus – the true reason for Christmas!

“Through CUR, I am reminded that I am free, that Jesus sets me free everyday if I choose to let Him. I can claim that because I love Jesus, I am free to let go of my guilt & shame, if I want Jesus to fill all of my heart, there is no room for this guilt & shame. I can claim that I know the God who loves me, the God who has never changed the way He has looked at me since the day I was conceived.” – Erin Chuah, NUS, Participant

“I came into CUR feeling weighed down by project submissions and exams and my spiritual life was very dry. I felt unworthy for being chosen as a facilitator. However, during CUR, I fell in love with God once again and broke down during the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He reminded me that I was a beloved child of God and that he will never ever stop loving me. God reminded me that he will always be faithful even when I am unfaithful. Leaving CUR, I am renewed and am empowered by God. I am recommitted to this one true faith that we have and I will continue to choose Jesus just as how he chose me before he formed me in my mother’s womb.”- Sarah Luo, SUSS, Service Team

Sign ups closes on 30 November 2020 so wait no longer!