More than anything, this is a post of gratitude. Of thankfulness. Of blessing. Of recognition. Of enjoyment for my job.
If you haven’t worked it out by now, I’m a youth worker in my church family with one other guy under our youth pastor…and it’s just the best job! Not only do I get to see Friday night youth sessions and events from before they’re even actioned; I get to learn from an amazing youth pastor who is crazy-passionate about our youth kids and the Kingdom; I get to partner with the other youth worker who is super skilled in his creative expression and really raw in his relationships with the youth kids and on top of it all, I get to hang out with young guns! All the time! I get to talk about high school, about tv shows, about school holidays and most importantly I get to talk about God. I get to speak into the lives of these awesome young people each week and be a light for His glory as He has called me.
On top of the awesomeness of my week-to-week work, I also got to be a part of our annual youth Easter Camp this year and having had a few years off of this, it was awesome to get back into it! From the Thursday afternoon through to the Monday afternoon of the Easter long weekend, there were roughly 90 of us at a campsite by the sea. Cabins, songs, worship, acting, Medieval team sports and games, small groups, amazing food including a Medieval banquet; new friendships and hilarious laughter – the whole shebang! Easter Camp was incredible and this year, I noticed such an amazing and real community feel. Something I hadn’t experienced at an Easter Camp for a long time – true, raw and honest community amongst the youth and the leaders. It was brilliant!
The overall theme was the Kingdom of God and our speaker this year, a young artist was spot-on with his sessions and talks, sparking some deep and truthful discussions amongst our youth in small group times. As much as it’s sometimes difficult to get year 8 girls (the age of girls in my small group) to focus in small group times, they really had some precious gems to share at camp and I’m 100% sure they got a lot out of the talks and discussions!
If you ever feel that God is calling you to step out on the waters of service in your home church and your church has a youth programme, can I encourage you to prayerfully consider serving His Kingdom by serving the youth? It is insanely fun but also intensely rewarding! I’m so blessed to have the job that I have; so thankful for being given the opportunity to serve and work in this way. Each week I look forward to going to work – it’s just the best!