Last night I had the privilege of meeting with our Growing Young team. We were discussing conversations that we have each had with some of our St Philips young people over the last month.
There were numerous reasons I felt privileged. Here are some of them:
Firstly, I was sitting with a group of people who are invested in seeing our church Grow Young and in seeing many young people come to know Jesus and continue on in their relationship with Him. These people are passionately praying for our current and future young people and investing time and energy in that direction.
Secondly, in recounting precious, simple yet profound conversations we have had with young people over recent weeks, I felt that we were on holy ground. Each member of the team has recently spent time hearing from individual young people what they love about St Philips and about their experience of God and their life as a young person – each one different and part of the total picture of the
St Philips community.
Thirdly, we were reflecting on the sense of warm community that our young people feel at St Philips. The young people we spoke with feel embraced by this community and experience it as their extended family. This sense of warm community was both general and quite specific as young people spoke of people of a wide range of ages who make specific effort to connect with them and their families.
Fourthly, I was once again aware of how simple it is to make a difference in the lives of young people – well, people in general really. As always, presence, listening and ‘just showing up’ really matter – and there are many people in our community who are present to, listen to and show up for our young people.
Fifthly, as someone reflected on in prayer during the evening, we have a church community which is backing us and joining us in this commitment to Grow Young. Many people are joining us in prayer, finances and interest as we work hard in this direction.
Sixthly, as we spoke about our conversations, we were aware of the impact of parents in shaping faith in our young people. I’m thankful for the commitment of many of our parents in this process.
And finally and so vitally, we were aware of how God is at work in our young people and in our St Philips community. This is God’s work and we are looking to see how the Spirit is at work and seeking to join with Him in what He is doing.
Thanks for all that you are and all that you do. Please do keep praying for our young people (and those young people in the community around us), and for our church continuing to Grow Young. Please keep being present to our young people and each other; it really does matter. And please do keep looking for where the Spirit’s at work and join with Him in what He’s doing.