The youth ministry at RLBC is centered around fellowship and discipleship. We believe that the faith of Christian young people thrives best in fellowship with others.
As young people spend time together sharing their faith, they build each other up, encouraging and inspiring one another to be more like Christ. This is done through regular events such as mid week youth groups, youth services and Sunday morning groups, as well as one off events such as a youth weekend away, parties, football tournaments and movie nights. We also go Soul Survivor, a Christian summer festival for young people.
We break the youth ministry down into two age groups.
Younger group (school years 7-9)
We meet on Sunday mornings during the 11am service and spend time together studying the Bible in relevant and applicable ways. On Sunday mornings you can expect a welcoming friendly group that wants to learn more about Jesus.
We also have a midweek group which meets twice a month on a Thursday evening from 7.30-9.00pm. Here we enjoy sports, games, time to hang and there’s often food. We also like to spend some time at the end talking about the Christian faith in our everyday lives. Check the Church Calendar for dates.
Older group (school years 10-13)
This group currently stays in the service every other week. In this group we want to develop the leadership potential of the young people and so they are encouraged to use their gifts serving on a Sunday morning in different ways, such as operating the audio visual systems, helping in the children’s groups, assisting with stewarding and playing in the band.
We also run a weekly Bible study group for the older group. At this group, we enjoy hanging out together and discovering more about Jesus. This takes place every Friday during term time from 7:30-9:30PM.
From Thursday January 16th, we will be running Youth Alpha here at RLBC in partnership with Elmfield church. Alpha is a 9 week course where youth can be excited to bring their friends to have a conversation about Jesus. We’ll be meeting from 7:30PM for a meal and will finish at 9:30PM. Hope to see you there!
Youth led services
We hold regular youth led services in conjunction with Elmfield Church on a Sunday evening. These include a talk from the Bible, songs, drama and prayer. While the service is predominantly run by young people it is open and welcoming to all ages.
Please see the church calendar for upcoming youth service dates.
We also seek to plan various social events for both groups as well as visits to Christian youth events. Dates are included on the Church Calendar.
In addition, we encourage our young people to be involved in the life of the church in various ways, including helping with community outreach events and Holiday Bible Club.
Please email James for further details about our youth ministry.