Josh Cook, our youth worker writes …
There are currently nearly 30,000 young people aged of 10-19 in Southampton. A huge proportion of these are in secondary schools across the city. Just over 700 of them attend the school that is in sight of our church building at Upper Shirley High school (USH).
Over the course of the last few months, there have been significant developments in the relationship with the school and opportunities for the church to be involved in the school. The foundations of these developments were laid in the faithfulness of the USH prayer group which has met termly over a number of years to pray for all aspects of school life.
In recent months, we have worked in partnership with the school on a Remembrance project for year 7 students, researching and honouring the lives of men from Shirley who fought in the First World War.
In the meantime, a partnership has also been developing with Young Life international, a worldwide organisation which aims to bring the message of hope of Jesus Christ to every young person, everywhere, and has been working in local schools in other parts of Southampton.
Over the course of the next few months, there will be opportunities for me to work more frequently in the school in mentoring young people, working with young people who struggle with the everyday normalities of school life and providing a Christian influence into school life.
It would be great if you were able to join with me in praying for this growing and developing ministry area. Please pray for an openness and receptivity to both the message of hope that is faith in Jesus and to me personally
“The foundations of these developments were laid in the faithfulness of the USH prayer group”