From Joanne Koster and the Coordinating Team of our Kamloops Okanagan Presbytery Youth Council, and all the Naari Kir (“Youthful Gathering”) participants, and our theme presenter, Doris Kizinna (BC Conference Youth and Young Adult Programme Coordinator), and Rev. Teri Meyer (music resource for the event) – a HUGE Thank YOU to everyone who gave of their time and talents by shopping for groceries, cooking, baking, chopping, flipping, stirring, pouring, sorting, wiping and every other way you supported this annual event. To those who donated food and beverage items, thank you! And thank you to our custodian, Aaron; and Sharon in the Office – for being on call and helping when needed.
A reminder to those who shopped, if you wish to receive a reimbursement from KO presbytery, gather and submit your receipts to Rev. Teri. She will forward them to the Presbytery Youth Council Coordinator on your behalf. Ensure your name and return address is included with your receipts.
Well done, Kamloops United Church! During the evaluation and feedback reporting time, after the participants went home, the coordinating team, expressed that, overall, this was the best ‘Naari Kir’ experienced in their time as leaders. From the venue itself, to the local hospitality, the theme and music unity, the team felt welcomed, supported and cared for throughout the entire event. It was the most connected they felt to their faith as well.
The theme for the weekend was, “Living the Hours of the Day”, and at various moments, participants would take time to reflect, to sing, to pray and engage in a variety of spiritual practices: art, prayer, journaling, gratitude and forgiveness exercises, and many more. Profound learning. Lots of fun. Deepening spirit. Connecting with old and new friends. Learning new songs and old songs that are new again. The Spirit was alive and well at Naari Kir.
“Naari Kir” was born in the Spring of 1990. The first “youthful gathering” was hosted by Trinity United Church in Vernon. It’s theme was “Humour in the Bible” and our theme speaker was Ralph Milton. Rev. Teri was serving at Penticton United Church as an interim Youth Ministry Coordinator through Naramata Centre’s “TentMaker Programme” (Youth Ministry Training) at that time, and she was one of the founding members of the Youth and Young Adult Team who dreamed up and created that event. Next year, Naari Kir will have been in existence for 25 years. Hmmm, a REUNION maybe?
Again! Blessings and gratitude to Kamloops United Church.