The vision is simply that the young people of Riverside will be passionate followers of Jesus and will set an example in their schools, homes and even set the standards for the rest of the church!
We are epitomized by 1 Timothy 4:12 which says ‘Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity’.
We want to help the young people build relationships with one another that will last a lifetime and build a faith in Jesus built on firm foundations.
What do we do?
Encounter is for those in years 7-11 (aged 11-16). We meet every Sunday morning during the 10:30 service and every Tuesday evening 19:00 - 20:30.
We aim to be a chilled environment where young people can get together, build relationships, have fun and be comfortable to chat about God together.
For those at the oldest end of Encounter, and those that fall slightly above the 11-16 age category, we will be starting up a mentoring scheme. The aim of this is that the older youth will be mentored either one to one or in a small group.
We believe that one to one and group mentoring can be key to the faith of young people as it gives them a place to talk about their struggles and doubts, whilst giving them someone who will celebrate with them in their success.
Dreaming the Impossible:
Dreaming the Impossible is an annual youth gathering for young people ages 12-18 from churches and youth organisations everywhere.
We will be taking our youth to DTI this summer for this years festival in Stafford between the 1-5 August.