Monday, 22 July 2013

Youth and Young Adults Ministry At St Peter's

Blessed Kids

St Peter's runs an effective youth and young adults ministry.  On Sunday afternoon they run 'Blessed Kids', for younger children, organised by Chew Kim Bee (attendance 40+). In style and content there are similarities between what they do at Blessed Kids and what takes place in a Messy Church service, with the main difference being that this is for children only (and not their parents). Blessed Kids includes a mix of activities, games and songs around a clearly defined theme.  What is most interesting about Blessed Kids is that many of the children (who the church bus in) come from non Christian families.

St Peter's also runs a Youth Fellowship (spcipohyouth.blogspot.com), again like Blessed Kids, many of the teenagers who attend SPY come from non Christian homes, I gather that attendance can fluctuate quite significantly, and they lose a lot of young people when they go off to study in college of University outside of Ipoh. Sadly I'm told that many of these young people when they go off to study elsewhere tend to gravitate to non Anglican churches, presumably because they provide the style of worship that appeals to them.

Many of the young people who attend SPY have recently completed the Youth Alpha, and are now going through 'A Life Worth Living' course on the book of Philippians.  The session I attended started with a couple of games (ice breakers), then a time of modern contemporary band led worship, led by the young people themselves, and then they had a talk given by the Vicar of St Peter's, the Revd Frank Lin.  What surprised me about this talk was that it was a fairly straight 20 minute talk, without using any tools other than simple powerpoint slides (no video clips, etc).

SPY is led by the very inspiring Joshua Loo, who shows incredible maturity beyond his 19 years, and is an extremely gifted worship leader.  Joshua is also supported by Pastor Kelvin Lee and his wife Sandi.