3. Prayer lifestyle
4. It’s a Greenhouse! (not literally)
5. It's Mission
You should join the Sion Community because it has an excellent ethos of community life! To spend a year living in a big house with a lot of other people is of course challenging, but not without its rewards. The time when there are actually 8 people playing Monopoly Deal and having a hilarious time is priceless, not to mention the dinner time conversation or even just having the craic during dishes! These times have played a really big part in my year, as they’ve challenged me to have time for everyone and to put in the effort to talk to everyone, which is really important within the community! It’s great to live and work alongside other people on their journeys – whether it’s one of our founding members or even someone else who is new on the Youth team – as there are things to learn from everyone!
Another reason to join Sion is that it has an incredible formation programme! I was flabbergasted with the amount of great teaching we had, it was awesome! I really loved that at the beginning we could just spend time really laying foundations and reaffirming in our hearts and minds what we believe and how we can use it on Mission! The variation of teaching was something I really loved! From talks from people within Sion to people from Austria and even Malta with up-to-date and relevant speakers! In that time I liked to think of myself as a sponge…
When I decided to join Sion I loved that it had an epic prayer lifestyle! With 60mins of community prayer every morning and evening I thought I would have less personal prayer, but it just gave me a thirst to pray more! This culture of prayer has just helped me to grow more in my faith. I’ve also become more comfortable praying, learning other ways to pray from other people and really learning how I best like to pray! I wouldn’t have been a regular Adoration person myself but it turns out I actually like it and have come to enjoy it now! There are great chances for personal prayer on top of everything – to be honest I think I sit still for longer here then I did in school! And hey, why not pray? I mean talking to God... It’s Awesome!
It’s a Green house: (no not literally)
Being surrounded by this lifestyle of prayer, and getting excellent teaching, it feels like a greenhouse for personal growth – with other people around you encouraging you to live in an environment of respect and encouragement. The youth foundation year definitely has optimal learning conditions! It’s not that you’re growing in a bubble, but you’re built up until you’re strong enough then you’re sent out on Mission where you get to really see the progress you have made!
It’s Mission! :
Sion Community is a Catholic Community for Evangelism, which means once you have learned all about Jesus you then have the privilege to go through schools across the country proclaiming His name. Teaching students about him and what he did for us humans. What is more worthwhile then bringing people to Jesus and doing it full time? I mean, talk about building the Kingdom!
Joseph Clarke is currently on the Sion Youth Foundation Year. For more information about the year and how to apply click here.