The Church of Ceylon Youth Movement celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a series of events in September this year. The CCYM was formed in 1941 due the pioneering vision and work of Bishop Cecil Horsely, and Rev. later Bishop Harold de Zoysa assisted by Rev. A.J. Forster and Rev. C.W. Mutukishna. The CCYM has come a long way since then in identifying and nurturing young lives and also in channeling new leadership to the church.
A thanksgiving service was held on the 17th of September 2016, to thank God for his faithfulness and also in recognition of the dedication those all who have been a part of the CCYM throughout the past 75 years. The celebrant and preacher was the Bishop of Colombo, Rt. Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey. This began with a street procession from Independence Square with the participation of the nine deaneries, past CCYM’ers and clergy. The school bands of Ladies College, Bishops College and St Thomas’s College, Mt Lavinia were also in attendance.
A get-together of the all the past CCYM’ers was held on the 16th of July at the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Polwatte. Several other key events were organized in an attempt to bring together the youth and celebrate in true youthful spirit.
A sports carnival was organized on the 16th of September at the Shalika grounds. This featured teams from each of the deaneries and also teams from the past CCYM’ers, students from TCL and also the clergy. This was primarily to create and strengthen not only bonds of fellowship between youth fellowships and deaneries, but also with the past members, students from TCL and clergy. Three main events were featured – Cricket, Mini Football and Netball. Colombo North emerged champions of the Football event whist Colombo South bagged the Netball title and Moratuwa won the cricket event.
Whilst medals were given to winners, 1st and 2nd runners up, special awards were also given for Best Team decoration, Best cheer and Fair play which were won by Sabaragamuwa, Uva and Colombo South respectively. Irrespective of winning and losing, all deaneries were given a hamper to encourage the spirit of participation rather than of competition.
This was followed by the launch of the 75th anniversary souvenir.
To draw attention to youth’s responsibility towards the community, three social service projects were identified. This included a self employment project, church refurbishments and provision of sanitary facilities. Soon after the souvenir launch, cheques were given to the youth whose self employment projects were accepted and a cheque for the refurbishment of the Mary Magdalene church in Udithurai was also given.
The proceedings concluded with a tree planting event where 07 trees were planted within the Cathedral premises to mark the anniversary and also to emphasize our responsibility towards the nurturing of our environment.
The mission service which took place in the afternoon of the 17th of September was mainly to inspire the youth and instil in them our calling to serve God. The Guest speaker for this event was Mr. Isaac Jacob from India, founder of “Kerigma” in Bangalore.
The participation strength at the events was over 650 in number and the CCYM is thankful to God for the blessings he has showered on this movement for the past 75 years and also on the events held to mark this significant milestone.
The CCYM also wishes to place on record their gratitude to the past members of the CCYM for their dedication and commitment and finally all who were a part of these celebrations and those who worked tirelessly to ensure the events were a success.