It's not unusual to hear people express concern about the death of young people in churches and church communities. However the parish communities of the Maitland region are proud to host a ground-breaking initiative called ACTiv8.
Youth Team leader Anne Maher says the latest deveopment represents a model that she hopes and belives might one day spread throughout her diocese and even farther afield.
"As a leader with a background in the social sciences, I was finding it difficult to cope with the work generated in youth ministry, even with the extraordinary support of several devoted volunteers. Yet I wanted to expand the ministry, so I asked for assistance from the regional community."
The latest dimension of the ACTiv8 model involves three first year university students living in community, sharing a flat at the Bishop's House Maitland.
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