“One day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.”
Retreats are designed to provide an atmosphere and environment for adolescents that is conducive to the kind of reflection and self-examination that can result in movement toward a deeper relationship with Christ. Kairos is a three-and-one-half-day retreat for high school juniors and seniors that explores relationships within the lives of adolescents. Participants are invited to actually experience God in a real and tangible way through a series of well-orchestrated talks given by both adults and students that expose the retreatants to the fullness of the Christian life. The goal is to help retreatants to learn ways to establish a strong “friendship” with God and to integrate that into their day-to-day life.
Adult Advisors/Mentors for the student team are needed twice a year for the Kairos retreats.
Adults help guide the student leadership team by mentoring them as they prepare talks that are given during the retreat and also serve as support during the retreat itself, participating in small group discussions and one-on-one ministry to the teens in attendance.
The student team is composed of eight students who have already done the Kairos retreat. Four to five adults are also needed to chaperone and be part of the team that gives the retreat. Skills/Resources Required: Desire to interact with adolescents, good rapport with teens, and genuine care and concern for the issues raised, good communication/writing skills, and the ability to facilitate group discussion with young people. The ideal Kairos mentor will possess the ability to remain non-judgmental about teen lifestyles and will be able to encourage teens to choose well and live according to Gospel values.
Length of Term/Expectations:
The retreat begins on Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Preparation begins in late September for the November retreat and in January for the March retreat. Five team preparation meetings are required along with individual time devoted to working one on one with each of two student leaders to help them prepare their talks.
Please note that all adult volunteers who are working with children are required to fulfill all Protecting God’s Children components including attending a safe environment program (VIRTUS).
Contact: Joe Tomaso: email@example.com or 847/620-3073