Jez Ferguson brings us up to date with what’s going on in our youth groups
Over the last few months we have enjoyed seeing the young people on a regular basis, mostly over Zoom meetings, but we are starting to meet in person again. In Core we have just finished a series on the book of Romans where we have been focusing on God’s grace and love and how Paul expresses that for us. Since then we have started a series on ‘Big Questions’, where we ask questions like ‘Why does God allow suffering?’ and ‘How can we hear God better?’ We’ve been encouraging the young people to submit their big questions, so we can tackle them together as a group. We had our first ‘in person’ youth group on Sunday, which was wonderful, having not seen some of them in person for six months it was really helpful to check in with them properly, and we’re looking forward to doing more face to face stuff over the next few months.
Over the summer we had a Wednesday group each week. We followed a different game show format each week, and played shows like The Chase, Countdown and Million Pound Drop. This series came to a natural end once the young people went back to school, and I’m currently transitioning the group into more of a drop-in session. Young people can pop in for a while if they need to talk or pray about anything, but I hope that once Core has settled in, we will be able to run some sort of group in person. I’m not certain what this will look like yet, as I’m keen for it to be distinct from Core and we need to think about what we are able to do whilst observing government guidance and social distancing. Please pray for wisdom and guidance about that!
We have also welcomed back our Moorlands students. We have two of our previous Moorlands students returning, Eleanor and Lydia, and are also welcoming a new first year called Jordan. We’re really excited by what they bring to the team and look forward to their input into our youth ministry.
Thanks for your prayers and support.
Jez Ferguson, youth minister