Welcome to the Youth page! Over the next months we have some incredible plans that you do not want to miss out on.
The youth programme is designed around REACHING young people – introducing them to Jesus, BUILDING young people up in Him, & SENDING young people out as witnesses for Jesus.
The following youth programme is in place for young people of secondary school age (term-time only) as a means of fulfilling this youth vision, factoring in Covid-19 restrictions.
A) Impact – Is a youth gathering that runs weekly on Sunday evenings, where the young people can connect, deepen friendships, have some fun through games and challenges & hear messages of Hope for Life. We meet at the church 7 – 8.30 pm.
Once a month, this is replaced by Cornerstone – An evangelistic Youth Cafe.
B) Rooted – These study groups run weekly on Wednesday evenings, and are an opportunity for the young people to come together & check out the Bible’s teaching on different topics relevant to them. This term we are applying the Good News of Jesus to social justice issues like Poverty, Climate Change, Racism, Abortion, Sex Trafficking etc. We meet at the church 7 – 8.30 pm.
Once a month, this is replaced by Mission Academy Live (MAL) – MAL is a series of video-based sessions, each one empowering young people as missional disciples within a small group context. This evangelism & discipleship tool encourages young people to be intentional, authentic, united & obedient to the call & command of Christ to be witnesses to show & share the love of God (Acts 1:8).
C) Special Events – Youth Away Day (6th June). A chance for the young people to hang out & re-build friendships, making up for lost time with Covid. The day will culminate in a youth service with different elements led by different young people.
Summer Camp – Taking young people away on a four-day camp to meet with other young people exploring Christian faith & to encounter God. This year DTI Camp [30th July-2nd August] & Ages 14+ Cornwall Retreat [6-8th August].
Short-Term Mission Trips – We regularly attempt to send young people on mission opportunities. This summer we plan to send some young adults on a Community Outreach Week partnering with an AIM church in the midlands. In past years, opportunities have included supporting refugees in Austria; missionary children in Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda; health clinics in Thailand & Uganda; relief & development projects in Bangladesh & Mexico; a building project in Tanzania; Mercy Ships; and Children’s projects in Romania, Peterborough & Somerset.
Youth Weekend Away – Giving young people the chance to take time out & have fun, through a series of challenges, gatherings & activities, and build deeper relationships with one another & with God, through focused times together in prayer, praise & God’s Word. [22-24th October 2021]
At various times through the year, we also run Youth Alpha – A series which explores questions of life, faith & God. Each episode, in this video-based course, looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. It’s for anyone who has questions. Baptism Classes – helping young people explore baptism.
As Covid-19 restrictions lift, we hope to resume Schools Work – In partnership with local schools & as part of a wider inter-denominational team. We have previously been involved in facilitating weekly lunchtime Christianity Explored & Chaplaincy drop-in groups, so that pupils are given the opportunity to explore the questions they have about Life & Faith, in a number of schools & colleges.
Dan Ovens is our full-time youth pastor & he is helped by an excellent team of volunteers. He would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the youth at CBC or finding out more about what we do.