One World Week with Augustine had an ecumenical flavour for St Augustine's youth group in Hammersmith. The culmination of three weeks devoted to exploring 'friendship' was a barbecue on 22nd May 2008 with two other youth groups from Anglican churches in the area.
We have Julia, the youth worker from All Saints in Fulham, to thank for the idea of a joint barbecue as some weeks earlier she had visited our youth group and invited us to pay a visit; the theme of friendship provided the perfect opportunity to take her up on the offer.
All Saints parish have a fantastic green paddock at the back of the church –an oasis off the hectic Fulham Palace Road - which was an ideal location for the often boisterous games, involving footballs, water pistols, and any other ammunition the girls could find to ‘attack’ the boys.
For once, in fact, our group of mainly boys were severely outnumbered - though it has to be said they coped admirably with all the attention. A group of girls from St Matthews on Wandsworth Road also joined in the evening, and taught us a fun game involving dance (a step too far for some of the boys).
The adult volunteers from All Saints had put on a magnificent barbecue and were handing out cookies as we said our goodbyes. It was hard to persuade our group to leave (to be fair some of them were being kept ‘prisoners’ at that point by the other girls).
New friendships were certainly forged among the young people that evening (the water pistol is mightier than the sword!) but Julia has also suggested that we adults also get together in future to evaluate the evening and work together some more, which we would love to do. Thanks to the international One World Week with Augustine we have all made new friends and created new working relationships in our local area.
Quiz on Augustine
For a quiz on Augustine produced for the OWWWA group of Augustinian postulants at Southlands, Nairobi, Kenya, click here
OWWWA photo gallery.
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