Why Youthwork Matters

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One of All Saints’ key values is that we are a church where all of us are supported: We help one another grow in our faith and character from the youngest to the very oldest.

This may mean meeting up regularly with someone who’s followed Jesus for longer than we have and whose wisdom can inspire us, or walking alongside people with whom we can be vulnerable and accountable.

While I’ve been really blessed through such relationships during my time at All Saints, it’s also been a privilege to be able to help others grow in their faith.

As the youth team leader at All Saints I’ve been involved in running groups for young people in our community. From youth on Sundays to mid-week small groups, working in a local secondary school or a nearby estate or running residentials. Seeing young people be surprised and excited by the book of Acts on Sunday mornings. Hearing about their challenges and joys at school in mid-week small groups. Going into a local secondary school or praying with young people before their exams. The messy games and massive meals of residentials.

Seeing them encounter Jesus, make the decision to follow Him and grow as leaders within their group and in our church. Playing a part in showing them who Jesus is and helping them grow in their understanding of what it looks like to follow Him. There are so many ways in which to sit in on what God is doing in the lives of these young people.  It’s a huge privilege to pass on my faith to this generation, and I am so thankful.

A recent highlight for me was our youth weekend away. We took 14 young people from our younger youth group to Kent. We had a great time, playing all sorts of messy and active games, learning how to ski and simply hanging out. But during the weekend the young people also had opportunities to put their faith into action, to see that God hears and answers their prayers and cares about the smaller details of their lives.

You’re not too old / young / [insert the adjective you’d use to disqualify yourself] to play a part in this too, and to fan into flame the faith of our young people. If you’d like to find out more about what we do, then I’d love to speak to you! Feel free to email me on severine.bismes@allsaintspeckham.org.uk or to come and speak to me after a church service.

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