A Report on this year’s youth event in Seahouses
What are you worth? The T-shirt said it all, a picture of Jesus wearing the crown of thorns, the tag line “because your worth it” and the scripture reference of John 3:16; “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son.” (The Message).
The theme was then developed through group times and Bible study and also in our praise and worship sessions together. And it’s the groups, the sense of family which these inspire amongst us all, that are the strength of Staying Alive. This year each group name was linked to companies with a Christian heritage and the young people used and promoted these in the talent show on Friday evening. The culmination of which was a presentation by the 18’s group, aptly named Guinness, entitled “Everything” which tells the gospel story and the willingness of God to reach out to us through the gift of His Son Jesus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w90sxw4visE .
The talent show came at the end of a busy day during which the young people had taken part in workshops ranging from learning how to use the camera on a smart phone to full advantage through to cage football. Then team games and “lets get messy” were enjoyed and some down time was programmed.
And a busy Friday was followed by an early rise on Saturday as we gathered in St Paul’s church, North Sunderland, to commission and pray for the young people before they headed out to either Bamburgh, Alnwick, Amble, Hadston or Seahouses to spend a day supporting those local communities in projects and activities which offer the young people a chance to live out the call of God to love their neighbour as they love themselves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlmVwTFwHwk . They all had fantastic experiences and their efforts were really appreciated by the local people whose events the young folk became a part of for that day.
In the evening, as the young people returned to Seahouses, we once more gathered in St Paul’s to offer our worship and praise to God and also pray for and with the young people before we all went our separate ways on the Sunday. During that evening session Rachel Boughton from Sunderland Community Church came and spoke of how we all have a purpose, a God given purpose, for our lives and also explained that through the ways we are different from each other we are enabled to fulfil that purpose. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juc37JWWVQE .
So, after a busy few days of group times, games, worship, workshops and making and renewing friendships the planning for next year has already begun with the theme based around Micah 6:8, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (NIV) Picking up on the theme of Jubilee as, next year, Staying Alive celebrates 10 years of encouraging and supporting the young people of the North East in their faith.
A big thank you has to go to Synod because without their help and support this event wouldn’t be able to happen, and year on year the involvement of our young people is growing. So please spread the word to any young people between the ages of 12 and 18, tell them about this event, show them the videos and encourage them to come along. Whether they are Christians and want to learn more or just simply interested in faith and want to explore it in a friendly and supportive environment, then this camp is for them.
Minister of the Mid Northumberland Rural Churches
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And the Northumberland Gazette gave a good write-up