SOULED OUT 18 by Sara
This was my first time at Souled Out, and after five days full of joy and blessing, I’m sure it won’t be my last! It was a pleasure to be in the company of so many young Christians from all over Wales; some of whom I already knew, but also many new faces, with a number of these becoming good friends to me during the week.
This year’s theme was ‘Meeting Jesus’, and we were led in a lively and blessed time of worship by many different speakers, with everything helping us learn more about the amazing person of Jesus and deepening our relationship with him.
Some of the sessions that left the deepest impression on me, was the girls seminar led by Cath Woolridge, encouraging us to keep moving forward in our faith, whilst not allowing the ‘towers’ in our lives to hold us back. In addition to this, I appreciated the seminar led by Siân Wyn Rees and Owain Edwards on mental health – a subject that’s so important amongst young people today. And lastly I loved the ‘Pop-Up’ Prayer session, which was a new experience for me and helped us all to pray and respond in a variety of practical and creative ways. This mix of input was an affirming and emotional experience for me, all of which I greatly appreciated. In case anyone thought that all this happened within the walls of Coleg y Bala, it’s important to note that the town was surely aware that Souled Out was happening, as the seminars were taking place in many different locations, including a church vestry, Neuadd Buddug and a local hotel. It was wonderful to see groups of young people walking from one location to another in the town.
One thing I loved about Souled Out, was the way that so many fun, social activities were also woven into the overall programme. I was able to enjoy the ‘Sunday Funday’ afternoon with its inflatables, the after-hours Acoustic Café, Stand-up Paddleboarding on Bala Lake, Disco and Dodgeball Tournament. As well as all this, it was also good to relax and enjoy free time with friends.
The whole week was a great opportunity to worship and socialise with people who, like me, were eager to learn more about Jesus and grow and mature in the Faith.