At our most recent Sunday@6 service I mentioned that there are a few simple but important roles that are ideal for youth to take on if they’re wanting to serve at church. The obvious ones in my mind are reading the bible, hospitality and praying for people (either up front or in prayer ministry).
I was encouraged that multiple people responded and signed up for bible reading and prayer.
If your kids are keen to serve Jesus and are looking for a way in, a simple role like these can be a great start.
Please here me clearly, Sunday services are not the only place a person can serve Jesus (we can do that pretty much anywhere) and I do believe that youth are able to serve in roles that hold more responsibility. I mention these examples because they are central activities to being a Christian and they are easy to get started on.
If you’re finding it challenging to talk to your kids about this sort of thing, don’t be afraid to get in touch and we’ll see if we can help you out.
This Sunday at 3:30pm we will be hosting free maths tutoring for high school students. This is something we’ve done for a while now and is a fantastic opportunity waiting to be taken advantage of.
Sometimes I wonder why this hasn’t been more popular than it is. Remember, it’s free! Normally this would cost about $60 an hour!
Here’s some details:
- At St. John’s in Meeting Room 2 (to the left of the toilets).
- Bring your school work with you (especially maths stuff).
- It’s free!
- All year levels of high school.
- Students from all schools welcome.
- This is not limited to church people; invite friends who would benefit from the tutoring.
- There will be pre-Sunday@6 dinner from 5pm so do stick around for a feed 🙂
This is a great connection with our local community and will be held three times this term:
Here’s a few key dates for term 3.
Pre Sunday@6 dinners (5pm every two weeks):
Free Maths Tutoring, 3:30-5pm every two weeks, always leads into dinner:
Both the dinners and the FREE Maths Tutoring come highly recommended both because they’re high quality and great for relationship building.
This Sunday we’re hosting a special Sunday@6 service which features a guest speaker from Barcelona and a panel where we’ll attempt to answer peoples’ big questions about God, life and faith.
Click here to see the Facebook event.
Panel nights are important because young people value transparency and the willingness to discuss questions and doubts. We try and do these nights a few times a year to get a good sense of where people are at and what issues are pressing on the minds of young people.
If you or your kids would like to nominate a topic for discussion in advance you can text anytime before 4pm Friday to this number: 0490 453 293.
First up, I’m about to go on leave for a few days so there will be no post from me next week.
However, I’m back on Sunday 16th for our 5pm CLASSIC YOUTH GAMES. This is going to be one hour of people’s favourite youth group/youth camp/school camp games; at least the ones that fit in our building and are legal 😉
We’ll have a mix of high intensity and low intensity so there should be a good mix of activities for everyone.
Can parents play? Yes, yes you can. I’ll leave it up to you whether that’s a wise move in your parent/child relationship 😉
This is a slightly risky event for us to run because it does rely on a good turn out to ensure it’s fun so we hope to see heaps of you there!
Here’s the Facebook event.
During the three Sundays of the school holidays we give our cooks a rest and take a break from 5pm dinners. However, on the last Sunday of the holidays (July 16) there will be some fun-times activities from 5-6pm. Classic games from youth group/camp. Pop it in your diary, more details to come.
For the rest of the year we plan to do one big pre-service event each term as well as some post-service activities during holidays/long weekends. If you’re ever wondering what’s coming up, check out our Facebook page, it’s up to date about 95% of the time 😉
Three key things to note for this weekend.
- Our Youth Games and Movie Night on Friday. Click here for details and to RSVP. Please respond today if you know you’re coming. Tomorrow (Wed) I will send out a message to everyone who has RSVP’d with the address and what to bring.
- Our Girls Life Group is doing a fundraiser on Saturday. Click here for details. At this stage they have had zero people register in advance! You are able to turn up on the day but, if you know you’re coming, it would be great if you could book now and give them some piece of mind in the lead up.
- At our Sunday@6 service this weekend we’re asking “Who do we do what we do?” and specifically looking at the topic of communion. I’ve found church kids often know the basics (bread, wine, walk down the centre aisle) but often don’t know much about the background and meaning of communion. And of course for people new to church communion is pretty weird until it’s explained. This week we’ll explain this ancient Christian ritual in some detail.
So yeah, it’s a busy weekend. Click here to read my post about managing that busyness.
Bye for now.