Crumlin Youth For Christ relies on volunteers who love Jesus, love young people, and love Crumlin. At the minute we have one volunteer… he’s brilliant and all that, but in order to maintain our Thursday night provision, and to expand Thursday nights and start detached work on Friday nights we are praying expectantly for 6 new volunteers.
Volunteering involves coming alongside young people, loving them, and giving them opportunities to discover Jesus and follow Him. You just need to be yourself. You could make a real difference in these young people’s lives! We want to provide them with opportunities that help them to develop and reach their full potential – and we believe that helping them to find Jesus, follow Him and join His family are is part of that process.
YOU ARE NOT TOO OLD, YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH, YOU COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN A YOUNG PERSON’S LIFE.
All necessary training will be provided.
There’s a number of specific roles that we need filled ASAP…
Thursday Night Drop-In:
We need 3 volunteers on a Thursday night from 7:30 – 10pm
Could you make toasties, run the tuck shop, talk to young people (about life, sport, and everything really), play Fifa, or beat young people at pool!
Friday Night Detached: We need 3 volunteers on a Friday night from 7:30 – 10pm.
Could you walk and pray over Crumlin. Engaging with marginalised and vulnerable young people in Crumlin to reduce high-risk behaviours and signpost them to services and youth provision in the area, including our Thursday Night Drop-In. We would love to become known for consistently being there for young people and as people who young people know that they can turn to for support and help.
Could you be one of the 6? Could you give up 1 night a week to impact young people’s lives and eternities? Get in touch!
On Sunday 28th October, I got the opportunity to preach in St John’s, Crumlin and St. Aiden’s, Glenavy. As well as sharing about the work of Crumlin Youth For Christ, I challenged both congregations to live out the Great Commission in their everyday lives. To take the very fragrance of Jesus with them into their day to day situations and relationships with those around them, to create disciples as we go.
We need to be intimately concerned about friends, family members, members of the community and where they will spend eternity. Francis Chan says, ‘If we are going to call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ, we should be making disciples. But most Christians today are not known for making disciples. We have developed a culture where a minister ministers and the rest of us sit back and enjoy “church” from a comfortable distance. This is not what God intends for His church. Every Christian is called by God to minister. You are called to make disciples.’
Therefore, what we read in Matthew 28 is not just a Great Suggestion, it’s a direct command and a Great Commission. These particular words of Jesus carry added significance because of their timing. These are Jesus’ last words to his disciples. Last words are important words. If we knew we were saying our last goodbye to our friends or our family, we would choose our words carefully and as listeners, we would pay particular attention to the parting words of someone we loved and cared about! That raises the question – do we love Christ enough to listen to His command and then to GO and put it into ACTION?
The word ‘Go’ which Jesus uses here translates to ‘as you go.’ That means, in your day by day living – make disciples. As you go to work, as you go to school, as you go home, as you go about your day, as you go – make disciples of all nations. God calls us to live lives that are radically different from the culture of the world. We are told in Matthew 5:14 that we are light in the darkness of this world. Meanwhile, Paul gives us the image in 2 Corinthians 2:15 that ‘we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.’ As we go about our everyday lives we take Jesus with us. We are called to live in such a way that others notice something different about us – JESUS! Are you living out your faith in a way that creates disciples as you go?
At Crumlin Youth For Christ, we seek to develop deep relationships with local young people so that we can journey with them and demonstrate the very love of Christ by living out our faith. Would you partner with us by: volunteering, praying or giving financially?
In the past week I had the privilege of attending the Together conference, with many other YFC staff and youth ministry practitioners from across Ireland. Rick Hill spoke on Nehemiah – his first session was a timely encouragement for me.
I would encourage you to go and read Nehemiah, but here’s a quick recap – God had placed a great burden on Nehemiah’s heart for the needs in Jerusalem. Jerusalem had been devastated – the gates had been burnt and the walls were crumbling. Nehemiah went to rebuild Jerusalem. However, when he got there he didn’t jump straight into building and repairing. He took his time to survey the walls, to discover the enormity of the task and to develop a plan to rebuild them.
At the minute that’s where I’m at with Crumlin Youth For Christ and to be honest, I’ve felt guilty about that. However, I’ve been reminded that this chapter in the story of Crumlin Youth For Christ is essential to the longevity and sustainability of the project. I’ve been meeting church leaders, local agencies, potential funders, and young people. I am engaged in a time of surveying Crumlin and this is good. Seeking guidance and discernment from The Holy Spirit to understand the needs of Crumlin and where Crumlin Youth For Christ can work in partnership with God, not just to enable young people to survive, but to enable young people to thrive!
Will you pray with us as we survey the walls?
“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” – Meister Eckhart