Youth Zone 1 is a group for school year 7-9 (aged approx. 11-14) young people that meets on Sunday mornings. It gives these young people an opportunity to talk about their interests and difficulties when moving to senior school and going into early teenage years, and to see how the Bible applies to their situations at this time. These are formative years, and so this is a vital time when our greatest desire is that these young people come to know Jesus as their saviour and Lord of their lives.
The young people meet in church – usually they all sit together at the back of the balcony – and join with us for the first 30 minutes of the church service. This part of the service is designed to be both accessible and interesting to them. At 11.30, they will go out to their group.
A time with the younger children when biscuits and a drink are offered leads into a time to meet together to talk about the week, to pray, and to study God’s word. This is a very interactive time, with a lot of application to their own lives and situations.
The group is usually of about 12-15 young people – large enough to not feel isolated, but also small enough for lots of personal support and help. Many of the young people in this group bring friends along with them.