The Rev Terence Cadden may have cut an unusual figure as he packed bags in Asda and then played table tennis in front of St Mark’s Church, but it was all in a good cause.
The Seagoe rector was taking part in an activity-packed, 24-hour stay-awake, dreamed up by the church’s Youth Forum, to raise money for the various organisations within the youth group.
The events began last Friday with the bag pack and the Rev Cadden admitted that some shoppers were slightly taken aback to find a minister offering to pack their shopping.
He said, “People were very generous and interested in what was going on and there was a good bit of banter at the check-out.”
From there it was on to St Mark’s and a spot of table tennis on the plaza which, said the rector, attracted not just donations but members of the public of all ages volunteering to have a go.
In the afternoon, the Rev Cadden turned DJ and radio host as he took to the airwaves of Xtreme FM, assisted by Dutch man Eddie Jongkees, who is working with Seagoe as part of the Ambassadors Football project,
Said the Rev Cadden, “We had interviews with members of the youth group within Seagoe and with the bishop of the diocese Harold Miller, and there were lots of requests for music.
“It was quite pressurised but a new and very positive experience for me, and the staff at Xtreme FM looked after us really well.”
Zumba dancing and badminton were the next activities on the rector’s to-do list, and then he was allowed a few hours’ respite as he had been unwell in the preceding days.
Meanwhile, the stay-awake continued at Killicomaine Youth Centre where members of the Junior Youth Club had a “ball” at the disco, while around 50 older members and leaders passed the time into the wee small hours with a mixture of circuit training, quizzes and games.
Said the Rev Cadden, “There were a lot of tired-looking people by Saturday morning. They deserve credit and so does our youth leader Larry Hamilton for organising such an excellent event. It shows the abilities of young people when they work together to achieve something that’s so beneficial.”