It’s really important to us that the young people in the church are involved in the weekly activities that we put on. They are an essential part of our church family and we hope that the activities that we run show this. Our Youth Pastor Owen Mudford and his Youth Team are always looking for ways to get involved with young people both in church and out of it, giving a safe space for young people to be themselves and to learn about who Jesus is and what He has done for them.
One of our key places for young people is Sunday mornings. The young people stay in the meeting until the end of the worship as we believe that worshipping as a church family is really important. The group then goes out to the Willingdon room at the side of the main hall and get stuck into the passage of scripture that is being preached on, giving space to answer questions about the passage and promote debate. There are normally always sweets involved too which is always a bonus!
Tuesday Life Groups
Throughout the week, different Life Groups meet in many different places to spend time together, worship and open God’s word. This is no different for young people. We meet every week at Ropemaker Centre on a Tuesday at 7 pm where we spend some time playing some games before having a time of worship and a talk before then breaking into smaller groups and discussing the talk further. We rotate 4 different nights: Deeper (our worship night with no talk); Social; Topic (where we look at different questions about faith, God, culture and how we all relate to them) and Bible (where we are currently going through the Gospel of Mark).
Friday Night Youth
Friday Nights are a great time for young people to invite their friends. We run an open youth club that anyone of the right age can come to. It costs a £1 entry but your first week is free.
The evening is split into two halves:
- 18:00 – 20:00: Year 7 – 9
- 19:30 – 21:30: Year 10 – 13
We split the evening so that young people can hang around with other people their own age, but we also have overlap so that friendships grow between all ages. The structure of the evening is very relaxed with free time, organised games and a 5-minute God Slot and we often see 55-60 young people in a night. We have a great team of volunteers who are there to make a fun atmosphere but also to make sure that it is a safe space for all young people no matter their age or background.
Another of the ways that we serve the young people is by taking them away on Residentials throughout the year.
For the past four years, we have run a local Youth Retreat in February where we go for the first three days of half term and do wide games, swimming, campfires, but also worship, talks, seminars (smaller sessions on specific topics). It is an amazing time for the young people and leaders alike. We stay in cabins with full cooking facilities which back onto woods which are great for wide games.
The other residential that we do every year is Newday. Newday is a festival which is open to churches all over the country and even in other countries. It is held at Norfolk Showground every summer and there are over 7000 young people who go to it every year. We go as a youth group and it is an incredible time where the youth get to meet other Christians from around the UK and learn more about the bible and Jesus from some amazing speakers. To find out more visit the Newday website: https://newdaygeneration.org/