This post is not actually about a specific event but a reflection on events generally. As you hopefully know, our two weekly gatherings for youth are our services on Sundays and our Life Groups during the week. We also have a commitment in our church Vision and Strategy to do occasional extra events.
An obvious example of an extra event is Youth Unite which we do once a term. These events are great for building young people’s confidence as they gather with 100+ other teenagers from around our region who are also taking an interest in Jesus. It also means we get to see how other churches do things which I hope makes us more understanding of the wider Christian community and gives us ideas for our own church. Our next event is in Bundoora on May 20 and I’m the guest speaker! I’d love to bring a whole bunch of St. John’s people along with me so please pop that night in your diary.
However big regional events like Youth Unite are not the only events we encourage our youth to get involved in. On Saturday ten of us went to watch St. Helena Secondary School’s production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’. It was a very high quality production which was nice but even if it wasn’t, there was still a lot to like about this event:
- Hanging out over lunch before hand. No hyped up activities, no agenda, just enjoying some food and each other’s company.
- We were supporting our friends. Several Life Groups had people involved in the production and a number of our young people attend St. Helena.
- It was local and contextual. We weren’t driving half way across Melbourne to some massive extravaganza, we were at a friend’s school, with friends who we know through church.
Now, I’m not saying that massive events don’t have their place, they can and do, but I’m also keen to pursue these sorts of smaller, more personal events on a regular basis as I think they have great potential and value.
So, if you think of any similar opportunities throughout there year, don’t hesitate to let me know as well as the leader of your kid’s Life Group. I’ve found that our youth need a bit of a hand from an adult to take an event beyond an initial idea so parents can be a great help there 🙂