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Junior / Youth Church
Junior Church is for the younger members of our church. Everyone is together in church for the first part of our 10.45am Sunday morning worship and then the young people go to the blue room for their own activities. Parents of toddlers are welcome to go with them for the Junior Church activities.
Junior/Youth Church Mission Statement
The Junior/Youth Church here at Trinity like to make new friends in learning about God and helping each other. We like to discuss our ideas, opinions and beliefs and strive to support each other in spreading the Word. We aim to make a positive difference in and around our own community and Church, so that God’s love can reach out to all.
TRINITY’S FAMILY NATIVITY SERVICE
This lovely picture shows the group of young people who took part in Trinity’s Family Nativity Service on the evening of Friday 21st December. The service was well received, so thank you to all those who took part in any way.
These ‘Elder’ shepherds were amongst the more mature cast members.....I won’t say ‘Guess who!’
Wednesday July 15th 2020 at 7pm via Zoom - See Link Below
Many of you will, by now, have had a go at Zoom and become quite proficient when chatting to family and friends, but the prospect of participating with people whom I had never met before was somewhat daunting.
However, an “e” ticket duly registered for and an invite to join the meeting received, I settled myself by my laptop on Wednesday evening.
I discovered that 45 participants had signed up and only discovered after the event that a number, including Lesley, were unable to access the meeting.
The meeting was hosted by the Children’s and Youth Work Committee Convenor who began with a prayer and, before introducing the various presentations, did mention that in all of these the URC were acutely aware of the lack of ethnicity and wanted it to be noted that the URC is an inclusive Church.
Mission Council at the General assembly
Three RESOLUTIONS had been made for and by the Children and Youth Work Committee of the URC which were briefly as follows:
1. The first concerned environmental issues and the climate emergency with an aim to reduce our carbon footprint. As Christians, we are called to be stewards of the planet and It proposed that, personally, and by taking little steps, simple recycling tasks should be highlighted and churches were urged to aim to gain awards: AROCHA ECO Church.
2. The second resolution highlighted FUSION K and the Student Christian Movement at colleges and universities. By linking up, young people are kept involved with the Church and worship.
3. The Third was the Children and Youth Friendly Church Scheme (previously Award). The Children and Young People’s Development team(CYDO) had spent time working on this scheme, which involves a process of reflection and engagement, an examination of what we do to welcome children and young people, or values, hopes and dreams and a consideration of how we can continue to grow whilst celebrating where we are.
Prayers were offered giving thanks for our young people especially during a time of change.
The Lundie Memorial Award for Young People under 26.
Two of the recent recipients of this award told us what they had done to be nominated for the award and said how pleased they were to receive it. Both awardees were of school age and wholeheartedly involved themselves in Christian life both at home and showed their concern for Christians abroad. A link to the presentation will be at the end of the report.
The 5 Year Strategy
This strategy is entitled: Fanning the Flame and is now in its second year. It aims to unite under one umbrella the 0-25 year olds with themes entitled “One body”, “One common ground”. The regional CYDOs have reshaped their teams and produced resources, this year for 0-5 year olds and their families.
Conferences are to be held later in the year associated with this. The aim is to increase inclusivity.
Responding to Coronavirus
The Head of Children’s and Youth Work has been considering the effects of the Coronavirus especially where children are concerned and talked about the long, and short, term effects, both for social development and mental health. She highlighted that in the future there could be questions concerning employment prospects and the rise in poverty. In response to the virus, many churches have provided resources for creative activities for children, online groups and, when possible, enabled pastoral visits to families.
Guidance for Churches for Young People
A number of links were highlighted to programmes/resources for different age groups:
For 18+ on Youtube “Trialogue” is to be found providing opportunities for Bible Study and discussion about key social issues. This is weekly at 7pm.
There is a dedicated Facebook page for the work of Children’s and Young People’s Development team.
“Friends on Faith Adventures” for 5-11 year olds has taken the idea from Pilots and revamped its format. It is bible based providing detailed resources.
Linked to the above there is also “Families on Faith Adventures@Home” which provides resources for young families to worship and learn together at home. It is for children aged up to 11.
Stories and Questions in the Breakout Rooms
The participants were then divided into small groups in Breakout Rooms for a ten minute session of discussion. There were four in my group which was led by the CYDO from the Wessex Synod, Ruth and two gentlemen who were ministers.
The conversation was interesting and revolved around National, Regional and Local issues. Lockdown and its impact was high on our agenda and the feeling generated was that now churches have been given a good opportunity for change, particularly with families. A new approach to Messy Church is being researched and was presented with a move to discipling instead of feeding into mainstream services; seeing it instead of being an event at church, but another form of church.
The various groups reconvened as the celebration drew to a close. It had been just that, a celebration: an opportunity to highlight all the good that is currently occurring in the URC and proposals for the continuation of further development of work with our Children and Young People- Our Future.
The meeting closed with a thanks from the incoming Children and Youth Work Committee Convenor who led us in prayer.
Here is the link to the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAOwv-oOzZM
Permission has been given to share as widely as possible.
Report compiled by Trish Reilly.