Youth Minister, St John’s Vancouver
At St. John's youth in Vancouver, Canada our Friday nights are a bit crazy, but probably not in the way you'd think. Every Friday we have kids from 12 to 18 years old in a bunch of different boys and girls Bible studies. We just finished the Youth Alpha video series with our grade 7s this winter. Each week we ate pizza, watched the videos, had some great discussions, prayed together and played together. It was so good to see the kids bringing their friends and learning to listen to each other and growing in their friendships.
Yes, there are a lot of challenges to running a Friday night Bible study - plenty of excuses and other things to do. But it is amazing to watch faithful youth leaders disciple kids week by week, loving and encouraging these teens. As our youth ministry continues to center on the gospel, Jesus has brought great joy and fruitfulness in this season and we give all the glory to Him.