“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Today many children and young adults feel sidelined and unheard in the World, their own communities and sometimes even their families. In the Wolverton Benefice we are lucky to have a good number of active children and young adults who contribute in so many valuable ways to the life of the churches and the wider community. We try to listen to their voice, their opinions and their needs and to learn from each other and grow together in faith and love.
We nurture and encourage or children and young adults to take part in as much of the life of the church as is possible and they are often involved in special events and services as well as the children and youth specific groups, such as KidZone, Tuesday Time, Young People’s Discussion Group and Sunday Time at Holy Trinity.
The youth discussion group began in 2010 with a group of young people who have grown
through St George’s church, and has since grown to incorporate others. We currently
meet weekly from a pool of 11-
In the words of two of our young people “We have fun and discuss things that are important to us as young people”. The young people have always engaged deeply with the group, and we are keen to harness this energy in involving them in various aspects of church life including experimental worship, youth services, and bringing justice issues that they are passionate about to the church. A group ofour young people go to the Greenbelt festival each, and following a fantastic weekend in 2012 they plan to repeat this again 2013.
Young people’s discussion group
Tuesday Time began in March 2011 as a response to the large number of families who indicated that they would like to know more about church and for their children to be exposed to its teachings but for a variety of reasons did not attend worship on Sundays. It runs after school and offers space for children and their parents/carers to enjoy craft and activities together, make friends and enjoy a short time of worship. Children of all ages attend from toddlers to teenagers, including many from families who do not normally come to the church. On the last Tuesday of each month we also share a meal together.
KidZone & TeenZone
Children and young people of all ages who attend church gather together during the morning service in KidZone and TeenZone. We follow the same passages as the adults in church and aim to portray the message in a relevant, accessible and fun way through stories, activities, drama and discussion. Throughout the year we also enjoy working together to contribute to and plan our ‘all together’ services in which the young people take a very active role
Learning & Growing
Getting to know
Making & Doing
Rev Peter Dockree