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I have been a leader of the Junior Youth Group, held here at St Michael’s every Friday night (during school terms), for the past four and a half years. Before that, I also attended CrossWired (as it used to be called) from age 11 until I graduated at age 18.
For me personally, the Youth Ministry at St Michael’s was instrumental in pointing me to Christ and I am forever grateful for the faithful teaching and care that I was shown as a teenager.
I believe that youth ministry is invaluable in the church, and it is for that reason that I write today. Not only to encourage you by sharing how God has worked at St Michael’s over the recent years, but also to challenge you.
As with any ministry, youth ministry tends to go through seasons. Sometimes we see growth as new faces come through the doors and either meet Jesus for the first time, or are strengthened in their faith.
Sometimes we see less fruit in what we do. But we can be encouraged that God still works even when we can’t see it (Romans 8:28).
Over the past year however, we have been incredibly blessed to see many new people coming along to youth group. More new faces have come over the past 18 months than in the previous 3-4 years. Praise God that he is bringing more young people to know him!
We have seen God at work in the lives of our regulars as well, from small changes in behaviour right through to major shifts in attitude, God has been growing his children towards maturity in the likeness of Christ (Ephesians 4:12-14).
We should all be encouraged by the amazing work that God is doing through the youth ministry here at St Michael’s.
As a teenager, I went to a school where I was surrounded by people who didn’t know Jesus. I got caught up in believing that being a Christian was weird and it was something that I wanted to avoid at all costs. But I kept going to youth group, not always because I wanted to, but because my parents understood the value of youth group.
I thank God for the Christian friends I had there, for the leaders who invested their lives in me, and for the faithful teaching of his Word that I was exposed to every single week. Without it, I’m not sure where I would be today.
Young Christians need Christian friends and role models. God gave us the church for a reason, and we all need support (Eph 4:15-16). So, with all this in mind: