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Young people around the world mobilising to Shine!

Young people around the world mobilising to Shine!

Young people around the world mobilising to Shine!

28 February 2018

Children and youth from the Craiova Corps, Romania, mobilised with music, games and outreach during last year's children's and youth celebration.

By Laura Booth

Taking the theme “Shine!”, The Salvation Army’s second international children’s and youth weekend will be staged from 23-25 March.

Held as part of The Whole World Mobilising campaign, which enlists every Salvationist around the world to “go forward in mission”, the event is intended to recognise and develop the role of children and young people in fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).

Last year’s inaugural “GoMoCY” children and youth weekend was an outstanding success, with 52 of The Salvation Army’s 128 countries taking part.

From painting parties, sports events, neighbourhood clean-ups and taking part in various community events, to leading and speaking at Sunday worship services, the youth of The Salvation Army around the world stood up and made some noise for the Kingdom of God – and their voices were heard!

The 2018 theme “Shine!” comes from Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you”.

The Salvation Army’s International Youth Officers, Majors Keith and Shona Pike, share their vision for the weekend: “We pray that God’s light will shine in every corner of our world as children and youth respond to God’s call to ‘arise and shine!’ because the glory of the Lord has risen on them.

“We want to see the youth of our Army transformed by the power of the gospel and in turn become a transforming influence in the communities in which they live.”

As in 2017, the implementation will vary depending on local needs and resources, but a suggested outline for the weekend is:

Friday 23 March

• Outreach events

Saturday 24 March

• Prayer events
• Messy Church activities

Sunday 25 March

• Main worship service led by and or including youth and children, with young people leading worship, prayer times, preaching the Bible message and giving their testimonies, provide an opportunity for every Salvation Army corps to hear the dreams of their youth and children.

Children and youth from the Katlehong Corps, Southern Africa, mobilised in 2017.

The Canada and Bermuda Territory created resources for this weekend which are available here.
The downloadable material is separated into categories for children, youth and families, and features devotionals, activities, prayer stations, ideas for service projects and sermon outlines, as well as graphics for social media.

They are available in PDF and editable Word document formats, allowing for translation.

Participants are encouraged to share the highlights of their Shine! activities on social media, using the hashtag #GoMoCY2018.
The Whole World Mobilising will provide regular updates throughout the weekend, across their website and social media platforms.



  1. Tarwirei Mazuru
    Tarwirei Mazuru

    The Mobilise go children and youths 2018 was a success story in zimbabwe , in Masvingo Division ,we did the the clean up campaign .and the junior band was providing music in town and the youths had chance to speak to people one on one during the clean up campaigns.

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