Volume 18, Issue19
A few years ago in Canberra, a small group of young men began gathering together each Tuesday night to play a game of footy, have a BBQ and a chat about issues relevant to their lives. Before long the number of young men attending this gathering started to grow, and soon the organisers realised that what they were offering was helping to fulfil an obvious need in the lives of young men. What seemed evident was their search for friendship, a place to be encouraged and an environment conducive to learning and understanding how to be a better man.And so began the Young Men of God movement. The core values that underpinned the movement initially are still very much at the forefront of the YMG vision. Essentially the movement provides an opportunity for young men to develop in faith and manhood through friendship with others. YMG also seeks to support other groups and activities in the wider Church. Most importantly, the work of YMG highlights what God can do when people draw together. It is through the Holy Spirit that YMG draws strength and inspiration to continue its work with young men.
YMG has now developed its initial ‘football evenings’ into prayer nights, formation weekends and an annual conference. The group has grown and established itself in Sydney, Wollongong and more recently in Melbourne.
Melbourne was introduced to YMG with a retreat weekend which saw 30 young men gather together for a time of prayer, friendship and sport. The theme of the weekend was ‘Stand up and be counted.’ The weekend was enjoyed by all who attended and culminated in a celebration of the Eucharist on the Sunday morning. YMG has since established a group in Melbourne who now meets each Saturday afternoon for a game of soccer and a BBQ. It is hoped that the group will continue to develop as young men gather together drawing strength from their friendships with each other and grow in their faith. More information www.ymgmovement.org