By David Graham, Children & Youth Pastor, East Mains Baptist Church
On 26th October 2019 we welcomed the Message Bus to East Mains Baptist Church, East Kilbride as we reached out to our young people in the local community for six consecutive Saturday evenings. We were so encouraged as we averaged just under 45 young people over the weeks. It was great to see them using the bus, which has a climbing wall, nail bars, games consoles, iPads etc., and engaging with our leaders. We shared Jesus with the young people every week as we spoke to them from the ‘try praying’ booklets and many booklets were taken by the young people and some great conversations were shared.
It was important to engage the wider Church in this outreach and it was a superb collective effort with folks coming down to make toasties, serve hot chocolate and steward. We also had a prayer space so that the young people were being prayed for throughout the evening.
As the Message Bus left us on the 30th November 2019, we launched into youth Alpha and praise the Lord for the 35 young people who have been journeying with us since then. Just over a third of the young people have no church connection and are now engaged in our Saturday night youth club, ‘The Hub’. We thank the Lord for the incredible work that he is doing and as we move forward, we look to Him to lead and guide and pray that the Holy Spirit will draw young people to a life-long commitment with Jesus.
The things that have inspired me most about our journey so far is the willingness of our young people to invite their friends and be witnesses to them and the importance of a collective church effort in the community. Moving forward, my prayer is that as we take seriously the discipleship of our young people, we will see their impact for the Kingdom reaching their generation.