Our final full day together had arrived and there were lots of eager faces awaiting the day.
We started Thursday by hearing from Sheila Isaac from Missio once again. The group heard about the work Missio do and were asked to think about how they could help. With the ideas that were discussed, the group turned a tatty cardboard box into a Missio Red Box! We then found an incredible number of ways that Missio helped people around the world, not just financially and each person put a Missio Red Box into our big red box. Everyone clambered in too and suddenly it became clear that Missio was all about everyone helping each other. Mass followed our morning with Sheila and it was another wonderful celebration with yet more great singing.
In the afternoon, we had a chance to reflect on the times that we had sinned by taking part in a reconciliation service. Fr Kevin Hennessey joined us and helped Fr Tom with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It was great to have him at Nympsfield and we are extremely grateful for him coming to see us.
We then heard about Archbishop Oscar Romero and how the people of El Salvador have kept his legacy going and bring hope to each other with the Romero Crosses that are produced. We reflected on their designs and thought about how we would decorate our own. Out came the wooden crosses that had been made for us and we got to design and paint them in the style of the Romero Crosses. There were some absolutely amazing designs, some simple and some complicated but all beautiful. It was great to see so much thought and effort going into every single one.
In the evening, we had some games which were led by Emily. Some were extremely messy, and it was very funny seeing all the people with whipped cream on their face after diving in to find the jelly babies! There are some excellent apple bobbers in the group too! Emily also led night prayer where we reflected on our week and made a promise on how we were going to live our faith a bit more at home and help to have hope shared amongst our friends and family more. It was a lovely way to end our very busy and tiring day together.