A CHRISTIAN youth club has been launched at a Shoreham school, in conjunction with local churches.
The new YoUTH MiX club launched last Saturday at St Nicolas and St Mary Primary School, in Eastern Avenue.
More than 300 leaflets were given out at Shoreham churches the previous weekend, inviting young people from years seven up to secondary school age.
David Etherton, head teacher at St Nicolas and St Mary, said the aim was to bring young people from different churches together for a range of activities.
These would be based on fun, food, friends and faith, within the context of a larger group.
“The club seeks to support and complement what individual churches are doing, not replace it,” he explained.
“YoUTH MiX also aspires to identify, train and develop youth leaders for the future and support local churches to develop youth programmes.
“It is great when churches work together to put on a great event for the youth. We have great facilities – perfect for a great youth club.”
The club is supported by Shoreham Churches Together (SCT) and run by 12 volunteer leaders, under the guidance of the school’s governors.
The first gathering was attended by 30 to 40 young people, who took part in a session of fun and games, including table tennis, football and Wii, with music and a tuckshop.
The Rev Ann Waizeneker, vicar at St Nicolas and St Mary de Haura, said: “It was great to see young people from all churches in Shoreham getting together and having the chance to meet up with friends who have gone to a different secondary school.
“I am looking forward to seeing how they want to develop this new youth club and how the school and churches can support them.”
The evening concluded with a short talk, Guess My Job?, from Bex Washington, a serving firefighter and fire training instructor.
Ray Orr, Shoreham Baptist Church minister, said: “It was great to see a whole bunch of Shoreham youth enjoying some down time and picking up some valuable life lessons from firefighter Bex.”
A second YoUTH MiX club meeting has been confirmed for Saturday, November 29, at 6.30pm.
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