Once more I’ve spent the day with a group of teenagers who have reminded me of how Church really should be like all the time…Well, maybe not exactly all the time but certainly their enthusiasm and delight in engaging in outreach in word and deed made me yearn for the whole of the church to also make mission it’s modus-operandi.
Over 100 of them gave up their October half term to spend all day Monday to Friday learning about and then seeking to show and tell the news of Jesus.
Today I had the privilege of teaching them about Listening to God (and having a load of fun along the way) and then I visited some of the projects too… I joined a team who spent the afternoon treasure hunting, another team who had set up a sofa and giveaways outside a shopping centre and then joined a youth cafe team right in the heart of the city. All good, vibrant stuff. There were also other teams doing worthy outreach projects like painting old buildings and helping run a holiday club for younger children.
Baptist minister and youth ministry specialist Ricky Rew did a fine job of coordinating all the teams over the city.
The young people were brave and enthusiastic. Being in team really helps with positivity, but I was amazed how willing they were to try out new things and reach out to people in a credible way. Hope MK has given me a hunch about the future of church in the UK…
The whole of the church needs to follow the leading of our young people: all of us needs to be willing to be church in such a way that let’s ‘others in’ to the wonders of the christian faith. All of us need to, for the sake of this world, take time to intentionally share and show the gospel.