Our Sunday morning Youth group, called 7Up (for Year7 & up) has many exciting activities and opportunities for young people to make friends, grow in their faith and serve alongside the adults in the church.
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month during the 11am Family Service at St Andrew's. Since covid, we have hybrid in-person and zoom meetings to enable as many people as possible to join in - from around the country and overseas! On 1st Sundays we participate in the online All-age service, for example reading and leading prayers. On 3rd and 5th Sundays currently most of our group are enjoying a lie in!
If you are new to the church and want to find out more about the youth activities we run, please Contact Us.
Our young people are encouraged to shape our sessions and to lead as they feel equipped. There is space for everyone who wants to participate as much or as little as they are wish.
Developing personal prayer lives, reviewing a range of faith-building resources, and exploring how to be fruitful followers of Jesus, influencing others for good, have all featured. In other sessions we have received God’s affirmation, looked outwards - supported World Leprosy Day, explored how to handle challenges, discovered pilgrimage, understood God is our security, and we have been dragon slayers!
This is what some of our young people and a parent have to say about 7Up:
‘I joined 7up because I wanted to experience Christianity in a small group, where I felt comfortable. I tried to join one at school but I didn't enjoy it. I have enjoyed exploring my faith in a community.’
‘I really like the creative activities.’
‘I like the variety of 7Up. The final game links everything together from that session – very helpful.’
‘Praying together seems more powerful in a group than by myself, and more specific and personal than in the main service’
‘It’s great that there is a small group setting where my son feels at home discussing spiritual and personal issues. Being able to develop the right words and reactions through challenges, traumas and successes is so valuable and shows that we are all different when it comes to relying on our faith. Having adult leaders who are fun and generous in their expression of faith is one of the best things about our church.’
Banana Relay Ultra - you had to be there really :)