I’ve recently been reflecting on how important it is that we are homemakers for the children and young people of our community. We need to make the church a place where they are loved, that is relaxed, and fun. A home where they feel they belong and are accepted for who they are (caps, hoodies and all!). We need to have a balance of strong discipline like a parent and the young people having ever increasing ownership and responsibility.
I want to see a place where the young people can have shared positive experiences, where they can see the true love and generosity of a Christian heart. Where we, at the church, commit to loving the young people even when they let us down because that is what our Father in heaven does for us. Where all the young people who come into the building of our church are regularly prayed for by the whole body of our church.
And imagine what that might lead to. With recent surveys continuing to show that 75-85% of all Christians give their life to Jesus between the ages of 11-21 what an exciting and important mission we have here.