Youth Development Team
"Relating Christ to Young People"
Our youth ministry exists to reach and introduce young people to Christ, to connect them together, help them grow in their faith, challenge them to discover their gifts and life mission in the world and honour God with their lives through demonstrating Christ's values in action.
Youth ministry life can be found in different aspects of the church. The strategic areas we are involved in are:
Worshipful community - youth services, youth church, youth band, Sunday morning programmes, membership programmes
Fellowship and participation according to gifting - small group, Friday youth progammes, youth weekends, visiting elderly, helping in crèche, Big days out, mentoring and discipling.
International mission - short term projects abroad, identifying partners (Interserve, Tear Fund, Christian Aid, Scripture Union), correspondence with mission partners, prayer support, and practical support (packages, fundraising for projects)
Local community action and development - links and visits, Women's Aid, 174 Trust, Bridge, Habitat for Humanity; Organize work parties, and fundraising for chosen projects.
Evangelism - seasonal events, parties, trips and projects, friendship evangelism, music nights, youth services
Giving - providing information on projects, training in fundraising, practical opportunities to give.
Raising awareness in church of youth ministry - home group visits, website, emails, communicate with session, communication with other groups.
Citizenship and political engagement – re-launching preparing youth for peace programme, raising political awareness, lobbying local government, praying for political representatives, letters of support for political leaders
Student ministry - Thursday night outreach night light programme, pursuing other opportunities to grow student ministry (study nights, self-defence programmes, student lunches)
School ministry - school visits, assisting RE classes and assemblies