YOUTH – LAZERS AND RENU

Youth Trip to Brazil

Our Youth Group (ReNu) will visit a fantastic charity this summer – YWAM – that is making a real difference in the poor communities in Recife, North-East Brazil.  We will be bringing our energy and heart to serving in a multitude of ways – from helping out with soup kitchens to spending time with the street children.  We hope that it will be a time of emotional and spiritual development, and we are all really excited to be going, but we need your help to reach our fundraising total!
 
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Lazers is our group for 11-14 year olds
Our Lazers group is for young people aged 11 to 14 years.  We meet in two ways; on Sunday during the morning service, and also fortnightly on Friday evenings.
 
On Sunday mornings we meet together to get to know Jesus more – to learn of his great love and plans for us. I guess in terms of style you could describe us as ‘coffee shop’ because we’re open to a group discussion: It’s when we can all share and ask the difficult questions that we learn best. In fact we take our discussion to the local coffee shop once a month. Whilst the vibe might be different, it’s definitely not a social and we’ve had some great conversations there. Recently we’ve been learning about prayer and its power, and we’ve also covered the topic of bullying.
 
Fortnightly on Friday evenings we meet with a more social focus. If life is a rollercoaster then Sunday is about making sure we’re on good tracks. On Friday we want to fill our train with great friends so that we can grow in faith together. We share with each other about how our week has gone, we play games, have meals together, and generally enjoy ourselves. It doesn’t all happen in the church building: In recent times we’ve been bowling and ice-skating together.
 
ReNu is a youth group for 14 – 18 year olds
Our ReNu group is for those aged 14 to 18.  We meet fortnightly on Sundays from 12.30 – 2.30pm (after the morning service on Sundays).
 
In this group we split our time between social activities and more focused discussion and bible study. We’re a welcoming and friendly group and we know how to have fun – we talk (lots!), we recently been ice-skating, and in the warmer weather we love to picnic together. Next up is Badminton!
 
We do have our serious side too, and alongside bible studies we’ve covered the topic of mental health recently, which was a topic that our young people suggested themselves. This summer, a number of us are going to be spending two weeks helping out at an orphanage for street children in Brazil and we’re very excited at the chance to serve in this way!
 
Additionally, there are meetings for both Lazers and ReNu to catch up.  Usually the table tennis table as well as the snooker and games tables are out! The big screen is used for a film night or they could go out for Bowling or Trampolinging!
 
The youth can also be part of the Puppet Ministry.  The Puppet Team meet on alternate Fridays of every month from 6.00 to 7.00pm – before the Lazers’ meetings.  

Why not contact Marcia Varah our new Youth Leader, for more information if you are interested.