We see our young people as members of today's church and want to include them as such, whilst also providing scope for them to be together with their own space and activities. We aim to provide
A sense of belonging
A sense of meaning
Opportunities to develop skills
We usually join together as a whole church for the first half of our service and a team of youth leaders take it in turns to lead the young people in a separate space for the second half of the service.
This will sometimes be in a nearby class room, the church house or outside. Each week the young people will usually explore the same theme as the adults using varied media / props / games and craft activities.
Communion will take place each week either in the main service as a whole church family or together as young people. From time to time, the young people engage in missional, outward-looking events to bless the wider community.
The young people meet together on a Monday night to enjoy a relaxed meal together, play games, explore the bible and pray. There is opportunity to share with the leaders and pray into specific situations and concerns the young people may have in ways that are relevant and culture current.
From time to time, our young people get together to socialise, have fun, experience new challenges and develop new skills. This may vary from team games followed by a BBQ to a camp-out. Canoeing in the Lakes is a definite favourite!
Our team of youth leaders recognise that Jesus paid his highest compliments to children and exhorted us to become like them in order to grasp Kingdom living. Collectively, our leaders endeavor to model the honesty, integrity and spontaneity that is so natural in children, and in particular to demonstrate following Jesus as a whole life experience. Leaders are committed to being encouraging, positive, good listeners and to grow pastoral relationships with our young people that enable them to develop a healthy self acceptance.