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‘with sadness and excitement…’

It is with both sadness and excitement that I find myself writing. As you may or may not be aware, over the last 8 months we have been praying as a youth team and staff team, alongside parents and other church members into the future of Friday Night Club. There are several factors that have …
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Exciting Youth News…

This year we have some changes to youth ministry at St John’s. If you are a parent, young person or team member and haven’t heard about the new events and timings read on below… Pathfinders – This year we are introducing Pathfinder Revolution, which will run twice a term. Revolution is a time for all …
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Way too much cake was had by all!

Alex Podd reporting back after the recent weekend away… Early in February ‘Authentic’ (school years 10-13) went on their annual weekend away, this year entitled ‘Gamechangers’. Our superhero themed weekend included wide games, bush craft, worship, prayer and teaching. 34 young people attended, which was a fantastic opportunity for our newer cell group leaders (myself …
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Authentic Action Day

On Saturday 3rd September 17 young people and 10 leaders gathered at church to take part in Authentic Action. In the run up we worked closely with Catriona Foster to find projects and connect with older people in church and our community who we could serve. On the day we met in the morning to …
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The 7 Principles

The vision behind the 7 principles is to be strategic about what we are teaching our young people.It is easy to fall into the trap of not planning ahead or thinking proactively about what we want to teach. Very often we start a new term and say ‘what shall we do with the next 6 …
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‘St John’s Youth exists to…’

At the Start of September 2015 St John’s Youth launched its new vision statement. I believe that Godly vision is hugely important for any ministry. It is what gives our ministry focus, a purpose and keeps us moving forward rather than staying put. In his book Courageous Leadership, Bill Hybel’s says that ‘vision is a …
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