Grace Presbytery Attendees Describe Presbyterian Youth Triennium as Life Changing
Every three years, 5,000 youth from around the world travel to Presbyterian Youth Triennium, a five-day event for high school age youth. Triennium is designed to equip young people to be transformational Christian leaders. This year, the largest presbytery delegation at Triennium was from Grace Presbytery, with 109 youth and 11 adult participants.
Because participants who attended came from churches throughout the presbytery, Triennium presented an opportunity for youth to build relationships within their own presbytery over the course of the entire trip. When they arrived at Purdue University, they were able to build relationships with youth from around the globe and experience the larger church.
Jessica Hoffman and Emma Rooney were two of many participants eager to experience Triennium. Now that the fall semester is well underway, Jessica and Emma reflected on their recent Triennium experience.
Jessica is a high school student from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Flower Mound and is active in her church. She is involved in her youth group, with Mo ranch, missions, and SHYC (Senior High Youth Connection).
“I loved the worship services. The speakers were amazing and always had messages that felt personal and that touched you deeply. I was truly inspired by these wonderful people,” Jessica said. “I would describe my experience as transforming.”
Emma is a high school student from Northridge Presbyterian Church in Dallas. She has also participated in SHYC, Mo-Ranch, Camp Gilmont, and Synod Youth Workshop.
“I wanted to see what it was like to be surrounded by 5,000 other Presbyterians from around the world who were in the same place for the same reason, and that is God,” Emma said. “Triennium is like nothing else I have ever experienced. It was one of the most spiritual youth conferences I have attended.”
The Rev. Dr. Perryn Rice, pastor at Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church in Dallas, had an experience very much like Jessica and Emma had when he first attended Triennium in the 1980s. He has been back multiple times, most recently to preach the closing sermon.
“There is nothing like experiencing the Presbyterian Youth Triennium as a youth,” he said. “When you realize that there are others in the world your age with the same struggles and passions, you’re uplifted and motivated. I’ve attended the Triennium many times as an adult and each time, it is still amazing to me.”
Jessica said. “I find myself wanting to get more involved in my own youth group and activities in the presbytery. I truly believe Triennium changed me for the better.”
Emma said, “In that week, my relationships with people grew stronger than they were before Triennium. Triennium is a life experience I will tell my family about forever and I encourage everyone who has the opportunity to go to try it.”