There are a number youth related activities going on throughout the week in the church. The names of the different clubs flash up on the PowerPoint for the notices and are recorded in the handout but unless you’ve actually seen the event in question, it probably remains just a name.
Thursday is a fairly busy day at Eb with Computer Club in the early afternoon, followed at 6.30 in the church by Adventurers (a group catering for children aged 7 to 11) and the Young Men’s Bible Study at our house. The last event of the day is Raze, a youth club for young people of Comprehensive school age which meets in the church.
Most of those who come to Genesis on a Monday come to Raze as well and there are quite a few who just come to Raze . The two clubs are very different, with structured activities in Genesis and much more free time in Raze. On an average Thursday evening there will be a group ‘older’ young people sitting around in the kitchen, chatting, another group, slightly younger, chatting in the main hall and the biggest group playing an organised game. The favourite game for the last few years has been ‘Dodge Ball’, followed by ‘Cattle Rustlers in the Dark’ and a few others.
The whole thing is a bit chaotic and there have been times (last week for instance) when some have stepped over the line and been asked to leave. I am always disappointed when this happens since it means that we have failed to manage the situation effectively. I often go over the events leading up to the expulsion (good word!) to see if there is anything that we can learn so as to better manage things in future. Sadly, the reality is that to ask someone to leave is our only sanction, so it is inevitable that occasionally we have to use it in order to avoid utter chaos.
There have been some encouraging signs recently in that some have started attending Genesis which has a much higher teaching element. I know that every time I write about any youth activity I ask for prayer, in fact some of the young people have been known to tease me from time to time. The point is these young people and the leaders really need prayer for so many reasons. Please pray.
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:11-13)