If we have never met before, I’m happy to introduce myself, I’m Colin McDonald the New Director of Youth and Inter-generational Ministries for the Diocese of Fredericton. If we do know each other this Blog will be a great opportunity to learn a little more about me.
My wife and I moved to Quispamsis NB in the spring of 2007. Amanda is from a small community near Nackawic and studied business at UNB SJ. So when the opportunity to return home to New Brunswick presented its self she jumped at it. Amanda currently practices dental hygiene, so if you want a good tooth scrubbing stop in and see her at Trinity Royal Dental Clinic in Saint John, they might even throw in a free tooth brush if you tell them Colin sent you!!
Amanda and I have 2 great kids, Ashton who is 10 years old and Ella who is 4 1/2. Ashton is in grade 4, loves to play hockey and can’t wait for the snow to melt to be out on his bike. Ella loves her pre-school and is most content with crayons, scissors and glitter glue at her disposal. Our third child is on their way this September, an we are incredibly excited for this wonderful blessing to arrive.
I joined the Diocese team in February after spending 16 years in the non-profit sector, working with youth in various settings. My career has been split between Saint John and Halifax and it has been incredibly rewarding. I have worked with youth from all walks of life and I have logged many hours in the church basement working with youth groups. One of the main focus’s of my work has been homeless youth, and my last stop was as Project Coordinator for Safe Harbour Transitional Youth Services, a Transition house for homeless youth that is being built in the south end of Saint John, largely due to a wonderful partnership between the church and many community partners. Since the beginning of my career I have always felt Gods call to serve him. That calling has led me from the streets, to the board rooms to the church and he has always given me incredible opportunities to see his Grace at work in this world. In a world that is hurting and often seems in turmoil, God’s Grace is needed more than ever and our calling to share Grace with the world is more important than ever.
Some of you may be wondering why my job description is Youth and Inter-Generational ministries. The answer is simple, youth work is not exclusive to the young. Effective youth work is about community and relationships, the kind of stuff the church can be really good at. If we are to make, and develop disciples of Christ then it will take the whole Church to do it, not just a group of young crazy youth workers who know how to have fun on a Friday night at church. It will take all of us praying, investing, caring for and walking with youth on their journey to adulthood. It will not happen overnight but if we commit to walking together as the body of Christ, focused on building his Kingdom, the result can be amazing. I look forward to taking this journey with all of you.
Your Brother in Christ.