First Youth services
Post date: Apr 16, 2012 6:31:06 PM
In Proverbs 22:6 it says "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.". For years, we have kept that proverb closely. Well...mostly. We have had sunday school and adult services for years now. Only we were missing another important group of people. Our YOUTH... For years, they would either sit with the children's service and be bored because the level was too low or they would sit with the adults and not comprehend because their grasp of English was not strong enough. This was a major oversight that we had to correct. Thankfully, last month, we decided to start with a Youth service during the Leadership meeting. Everyone thought it was a great idea and when we asked the youth about it, they too liked the idea. So, last Sunday, the 15th of April, we had our first Youth Service, in Dutch.
In Schiedam we had 7 youth who came, between the ages of 13 and 20. It was amazing. After the first shock and amazement of being asked questions during a service, they opened up and talked about the Bible, the Lord and Christianity in their lives. For some it was a bit strange, being unsure of their faith, others were firmly rooted and helped out. Some were used to our kind of church, others were having some culture shock as to how different we do this compared to the more traditional churches. All in all, it was a wonderful time with our youth learning new things, with them starting to think about their own lives, their faith and their beliefs, with them talking to each other about how they looked at it all.
In Utrecht we had 6 youth, ranging from 11 to 21 years old. They too had to get over the first shock and amazement of being asked questions and actively participating during a service. After a while they opened up a bit and they did their best to answer questions and think about the things we told and asked of them.
Our Youth in Schiedam
Our Youth in Utrecht