Those who’ve come to open youth services in the past will know that they’re inspiring times: hearing the struggles and joys as our teenagers seek to follow Jesus, joining in with passionate sung worship, digging deep into God’s word, and praying from the heart.
In the past, such open youth services have been once or twice a year. Now they’re going to be on the first Sunday of each month – and called Elevate.
“The word ‘elevate’ means to lift higher and that is what we will be doing in these services,” explains Josh Cook, our youth worker. “We will be lifting God higher in sung worship, through opening the Bible, and in prayer.”
The service will be planned and led by our teenagers, but everyone is invited to come along and join in. “There is a saying that ‘It takes a whole village to raise a young person’,” says Josh, “and by supporting the young people at Elevate, you will be building them up in their faith. We hope it will benefit you as you seek to worship God in these times too!”
“If you’re unable to get to church on a Sunday morning,” adds Dan Clark, “or struggle to receive from God in our morning services for some reason, we hope this will be a new space for you to meet with God.
“Please pray for our young people and their leaders as they step out in this way. Then come along with humble hearts, willing to receive from God and our young people. And come with servant hearts, wanting to encourage our teenagers.”
Elevate will start with coffee and cake from 6.30pm, with worship from 7pm.