Being part of something a bit bigger, but not too huge or far to travel to, can be a big encouragement to young people. If there are only a small number of teens at your church they can feel isolated and it’s harder to keep going in their faith.
So we have been experimenting with getting people together in local areas to have fun, meet other young Christians, worship together, eat together and share their traditions, experience and gifts and skills.
We have initiated new gatherings in Northampton, Wellingborough, Daventry and South Northants, and support well-established gatherings such as those in Oundle and Peterborough.
We have a vision to enable growth and increase depth at your Parish level by challenging your young people in their youth groups, (or if there is no group to form one specially, or join forces with a neighbouring church) to contribute to the gathering in a meaningful way. That might be as hosts, or playing music, or it could be preparing a drama, or prayer activities or stations, running an icebreaker game or a confession activity. We want each young person and each church group, however big or small to feel that they have ownership and control over these gatherings. They are designed to be for young people, led by young people.
We also run regular Fire Church events – literally gathered around a fire outdoors, hosted by different groups each time to share food, fun, chat, stories, music, poetry, games and of course toasting marshmallows. Informal, open and a great way to make new friends, build community, worship God and be encouraged by others.
If you’d like to know more about your local gathering or would love to see one set up in your area, just get in touch with Becky in Northampton Archdeaconry firstname.lastname@example.org or Chad in Oakham Archdeaconry email@example.com
Gathering events in 2018 so far:
4th Feb Northampton Celebrate 7pm St Benedicts Hunsbury
Interactive, eclectic worship, led by young people from church groups across Northampton
25th Feb Sacred Space 7pm Holy Sepulchre, Northampton
Reflective, meditative, interactive, sensory and creative worship inspired by Taize in a sacred and ancient space.
4th March Daventry Fire Church 5pm St. Peter and St. Paul’s Weedon Bec
18th March Launchpad Fire Church 5pm Holy Trinity Deanshanger
22nd April Sparks Fire Church 6.30pm All Saints Earls Barton
Fire, chat, marshmallows, friends, sharing, song, story and fun