Children’s and youth ministry is a central focus for us. I believe that God would have this as a ministry area not only where we will see growth in every respect but that children and young people will be central in the work of the Holy Spirit here. The image is one not only of a well watered land but of a water source – and for God’s glory:
I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it. Isaiah 41:18-20
Our children’s work is differentiated and dynamic, catering for the changing needs of children with whom we have contact from crèche age (and community groups such as parent and toddlers and our toddler music group) onwards. Through our Youth Worker John Allan we continue to develop and maintain a range of activities designed to appeal to and attract young people and which grow their personal relationship with Jesus Christ through meaningful engagement with the gospel.
Youth work: overarching aims
- To affirm and encourage young people in their identity and worth in Christ. To have them know that they are deeply loved and valued and to show Jesus in all that we do with and for them regardless of whether they come to faith at this time.
- To reach all young people within our church and community with the good news of Jesus Christ in order that all young people, whatever their background, might have the opportunity to respond.
- To nurture, encourage, teach and help young people to develop a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- To encourage young people who have come to recognise Jesus Christ as their personal saviour to join the church through public profession of faith and continue in discipleship.
- To recognise the unique contribution young people can bring to the church through releasing them into their gifts and callings as well as equipping and supporting them in their developing ethical stance through education, experience and opportunities for service.