Spir­i­tual re­treat is a big hit with stu­dents

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

STU­DENTS en­joyed a ru­ral re­treat while ex­plor­ing their faith.

Eigh­teen year 11 pupils from All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege vis­ited Soli House, a re­treat cen­tre nes­tled in the Al­ton coun­try­side.

They spent four days learn­ing dif­fer­ent ways to pray and had the op­por­tu­nity to be­come closer through a va­ri­ety of team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

There was a chal­leng­ing ob­sta­cle course and ‘Riff-Off’ singing com­pe­ti­tion, which was a big hit with stu­dents.

Megan Ed­wards, one of the stu­dents who went on the re­treat, said: “Through­out the course stu­dents en­joyed the four day re­treat, the stu­dents learnt dif­fer­ent ways to pray which helped ev­ery­one be­come closer to God in a way that felt right for the stu­dents.

“Th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties were not only a lot of fun, but also a chance to push them­selves to see what they could achieve when work­ing to­gether.

“On the first day, the stu­dents were asked what they wanted to get out of the re­treat and among the an­swers were ‘like meet­ing new peo­ple’ and ‘do­ing out­door ac­tiv­i­ties’ and one was a take­away and na­chos.

“To the sur­prise of all of the stu­dents, on the last night they had pizza and a movie night, which was a per­fect end to a great trip.

“Stu­dents came back with new friends, new ex­pe­ri­ences and a greater un­der­stand­ing of our faith.”

Soli House is a cen­tre for youth min­istry which was opened for re­treats in 2014.

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