Youth Work Sunday

We are working with our friends at Youthscape and CPO to celebrate youth work and young people: September 23rd this year, is going to be ‘Youth Work Sunday’!

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Youth Work Sunday is a day to pray and get inspired about reaching young people. We’re inviting churches to dedicate ten minutes, twenty minutes, or their whole service, to celebrating young people in our communities, and to ask whether they could be ‘Cheering’, ‘Praying’ or Doing’ Youth Workers.

As well as the resources available for ‘Cheering, Praying and Doing’, ideas and resources for Youth Work Sunday, including a flash drive of resources are supplied by Youthscape – currently £8 from CPO – this includes films, a creative prayer guide, sermon inspiration – and help with the planning with an easy ‘how to run Youth Work Sunday’ guide. There are also postcards available to buy to encourage prayer for youth work and young people https://www.cpo.org.uk/product.aspx?prod=C5660IC&cat=80235

In addition to this we suggest using the following readings

A reading from the book of Samuel

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days. One night while Eli and Samuel were both asleep the Lord called Samuel, and he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.

 And the Lord called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli realised that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Psalm 78 A reading from the letter to Timothy

Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.  For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, especially of those who believe.

Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.  Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

And we have also written some simple prayers to be used;

  1. For all children and young people in the world. Help them to know that God created the world and all that is in it. Help them to see God’s love and goodness even when things are difficult.
    Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer
  2. For all children and young people in the Church. We pray for those who lead and guide the church, give them wisdom and courage to recognise the gifts of the young. Help our own church family grow in faith and in number. Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer
  3. For all those children and young people who are ill and for their families. Be close to all who are sick at this time. Give them healing and peace. Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer
  4. For all children and young people in our community. Bless our homes, schools, families and places of work. Help us to know you that love and love you more. Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

To find out more or to let us know you are doing something in your church for Youth Work Sunday 2018 please contact clarewilliams@churchinwales.org.uk

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