What an amazing summer it has been! 32 young people have partnered with 10 churches throughout Scotland sharing Jesus within the communities where they were based. They travelled to Galashiels, Dumfries, Coatbridge, Wigtown, Brechin, Tillicoultry, Cornton, Inverkeithing, Knightswood and Broughty Ferry, some giving up one week of their summer and others 2 or 3.
The children’s material this year was Kitchen Tales. They explored stories that are found in the gospels which had a food theme. The children were challenged to do what Jesus tells us to do, to give thanks to God, to say yes to God’s invitation, to remember why Jesus died on the cross and to decide if they would follow him. It was great fun to deliver and included lots of songs, games, memory verses, quizzes etc etc. The leaders particularly loved some of the challenges, especially drinking strange mixtures of disgusting things!
The youth work was different in each of the churches. The material, ‘Storylines’ focused on the story of characters in the Bible. The youth had great discussions on various topics over the weeks as well as having fun playing games and chilling out together. As I visited one youth night, the young people were given the opportunity to go for prayer. It was humbling to see them going in one after another to be prayed for.
As I have travelled about this summer and watched our young people engage in mission in the local church, it has been a real blessing to see their passion for sharing the love of Jesus with those they encounter. I’ve listened to them being asked the most difficult of questions in group times with the children and sharing their faith with young people their own age. I’ve heard the testimonies of God’s transforming work in them as they serve, and I’ve seen their excitement in joining the bigger picture with the churches they have worked with. One of my favourite moments was hearing someone sharing their testimony. They were testifying to the encounter they had with Jesus a few weeks previously on another team and the transformation that had brought about in their lives. God has certainly been at work in and through our young people this summer.
Please continue to pray for them and the churches they partnered with this year.
If you would be interested in a Step Out Team in 2016 then please get in touch with Yvonne at firstname.lastname@example.org