Due to Covid-19 youth work will be going online! Please see below for the latest information about our online activities and some great online resources for young people and the family.
Virtual youth group
We now meet virtually every Thursday from 7:30PM for games, activities and Bible study. This is for school years 7-13, get in touch with us for more details and how to join.
Daily Facebook Live devotionals
Join us daily at midday on our church’s Facebook page for family devotionals during this pandemic. This is a great opportunity to build community, reflect and pray.
If you are in self-isolation and in need of support with shopping and collecting medicines etc. then please do get in contact with us as we have a team of volunteers who are eager to help. Here are some other general online resources for support.
Youth for Christ – Covid-19 For older children and young people, Youth for Christ are directly addressing the concerns under 18s have with free video resources for ‘Fear and anxiety around the Coronavirus’ aimed at 7-11s and 11-18s.
Self care during Covid-19 Many simple self-care activities which you can do at home. Written by young people to help other young people who are feeling low or anxious. The strategies should also be useful to adults.
Covid-19 Advice There is much that each one of us can do to support the wellbeing of those in our lives. This website gives very sound advice for young people and their parents (and teachers)
Family Fit Is a mobile phone tool that will help a family at home connect in fun ways and exercise regularly in their house, apartment or local park. With a little creativity, everyone can be fit and healthy, stay connected, and grow in character and faith. Available in multiple languages.
Bible study resources
Listed below are some online Bible study resources for young people and the family.
Energize Is a great online resource centre for Bible study. This is mainly used by youth leaders but Energize has opened up their platform for parents to be added too! Please let us know if you would like to be added.
Video Bible Talks Each Bible teaching video is 10-15 minutes long and includes accompanying leader guides for follow up discussions.
Bible Month A series of 30-day study courses to increase your knowledge and understanding of individual books of the Bible for church groups of all ages.
Youth Bible in One Year The ‘Youth Bible in One Year’ is a condensed Bible plan for young people. If you haven’t started yet why not still pick up now!?
Bible apps on App store and Androis
YouVersion – Is a Bible reading app that will help you develop reading plans
Engage: Youth Daily Bible App – by Scripture union also with audio
Online video conference
Spring Harvest online conference Spring Harvest have had to cancel their gatherings, so are instead inviting you to join them with virtual all-age and specific youth opportunities with ‘Spring Harvest at Home’ with the theme ‘Unleashed – The Acts of the church today. The video link gives further information and all the session are available until the end of April.
Prayer spaces In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Prayer Spaces has produced a series of five COVID-19 prayer activities that pupils can do at home, either on their own or with their families.
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.
Further Youth activities
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 contact us for further details about our youth ministry.