On Saturday night our 14-18’s group organised an Evangelistic Youth Music Cafe and I do mean they organised it.
At the beginning of the academic year we were very keen as leaders to give more responsibility to some of our older teenagers. One of our aims for the group is to encourage our young people into serving and leadership and we hoped that giving them responsibility for various areas might really help with that. And from what we’ve seen, I would say it has.
We wanted the group to come up with their own ideas for an evangelistic event as we felt that they were more likely to invest in it if it was their idea and they felt comfortable about what was going on. Hopefully it would also make them more likely to invite friends too. So they came up with the idea of a music cafe with an evangelistic speaker.
This has meant that for the last three months a small group of our young people, along with myself, have been practising like crazy to get some songs up to scratch for the evening. This has been a great time of relationship building for the group and has pushed at least one person to the forefront in terms of leadership. One of our boys volunteered to take control of the music and got us all to put in ideas for songs for the cafe, before then selecting a chosen few. He then organised weeks and weeks of practices and made sure we all knew which songs we needed to learn before each one. On the day itself, he even organised us all to have lunch and then got us all praying beforehand. It’s been a real encouragement to see him take on the responsibility so willingly and then to really excel in it. As leaders we made a conscious decision to not really be involved in the overall running so that our young people could make the decisions. And on the whole, I think it’s been great for them.
So maybe there were some areas that weren’t that polished and didn’t get thought through that well but that was all part of the learning curve and so next time they’ll have a better idea of how things can be improved. And there will be a next time as they already want to run the same thing again but for the whole church rather than just young people.
And not only was the event a success for our young people, the event itself was a success too. There were about 30 people there including a number of people who our youth had invited which was great. Our curate did an excellent talk on the message of the Christianity and a number of people took away gospels and had lots of good questions. We even saw one guy come along to our youth group on Sunday evening.
It was great that so many of our youth invited friends, and even if some didn’t turn up, the actual act of inviting someone was a big step forward for some of our kids and that’s a brilliant thing. Overall the whole thing has been a real encouragement for us as leaders and for the group to. Better get started on the next one!