This past Sabbath, October 3rd 2020, VicYouth held its first-ever virtual Youth Rally. An online program would normally contradict the very concept of a youth rally; youth rallies aim to bring youth from across the state all-together to foster new connections and be reminded of the broader movement of Adventist young people.
However, during the lockdown, an in-person youth rally, unfortunately, wasn’t an option.
In previous years, we’ve live-streamed rallies to the Victorian Conference Website, to make it available those who might not be able to travel to Nunawading. However, a fully pre-recorded service was new for everyone involved.
We were so blessed with how it came together. The Wantirna Young Adults and the Lilydale Young Adults each recorded music for the service. We are so grateful to the teams for how they were able to navigate lockdown and record the worship music even while being unable to perform altogether.
We also heard from the team from Dandenong Filipino-Australian Church who has been running the ADRA Dandenong Life Hope Centre every Friday night, supporting over 150 people every night.
You can support the ministry by donating through ADRA.ORG.AU/DONATE, clicking “One-time donation,” select “Other” in the dropdown menu, and type in “ADRA Dandenong Life Hope Centre.”
Our speaker, Pr Kojo Akomeah shared the Word on forgiveness, and the importance of overcoming our differences to live in harmony and unity with one another.
During the main premier of the service, we were joined by around 170 viewings at any time across the three platforms (Facebook Live, Church Online Platform, and the Victorian Conference YouTube Chanel). It was really encouraging to see so many young people tuning in at the same time, despite not being able to meet in person.
After the service, we invited anyone who was interested to join us on Facebook for a live Q + A session with Pr Kojo Akomeah, who responded to questions about how we can practically live out the message of living “Together.”
You are able to catch up on the Youth Rally through the two videos embedded in this post.