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‘CORe youth group has helped me in a major way’

Every Friday night, around 30 young people make their way to Prospect Primary School auditorium for a church youth group with a difference.

CORe Ministries Youth Group is a ministry where youth can find refuge. The youth ministry comes under Cities of Refuge where the pastors are Pastor John Woolridge and Pastor Oral Barnett. The ages of the young people start from around seven years old all the way up to 20-plus.

The youth group meetings involve a teaching from the Bible, games, activities, food and fellowship. CORe reaches many young people who are not regular church-goers. In the past the youth group has held events such as bowling nights, wall climbing, laser tag quest at Fort Hamilton, lock in, games night and have gone to the Sandys 360 sports facility.

Hard CORe Wrestling Entertainment is a youth ministry at CORe with some of the young people from the youth group who minister by doing evangelistic wrestling skits at different events. They have ministered at a Community Youth Rally at Whitney Middle School, Glory Temple (NTCOG) Family Fun Day, Youth Convention - New Testament Church of God (NTCOG), Willow Bank Hotel and TN Tatem Youth Rally.

Lawrence Tweed, 20, said of CORe: “I feel that the youth group is a place for our young Bermudians to come and learn about Jesus Christ and that it helps prevent them from the negativity that currently swarms our Island.

“I like that the youth group brings us together and helps us stay positive. Whenever we need someone to talk to, someone from the youth group is there for us and always helps make whatever is troubling one of us better.

“CORe youth group has helped me in a major way. In the beginning I used to only come because of my friends and fun and later I’m gone for a few months, but now I come every Friday.

“I have fun, learn about the Lord Jesus Christ and in the result of all this I have become an ever better person overall. I now go to church in which I haven’t been to since 2005.”

Jeantia Berkeley, 16, said: “The thing I like most about this youth group is that you interact with people that are totally different than you, you have fun and you don’t have to worry about anybody discriminating against you or putting you down.

“Youth Group has helped me so much in so many ways. Whenever I’m feeling down they uplift me and make me feel better. Everyone that goes there are beautiful people and I am so glad that they are a part of my life”.

Youth leader Oral Barnett, Jr, 17, said: “I like the different personalities and meeting new people. It’s nice to be a part of someone’s life and story. The young people don’t always listen, but are respectful.”

And 20-year-old Charann Woolridge said: “I like that so many youth from all around the Island come, giving us a diverse group. I also like that all of them though they are not all saved; they are seeking God’s face, thus the reason why they continually come.

“I just enjoy being able to interact and bond with all the people there and just hope and pray I’ve made a difference in their lives somehow. “

CORe Ministries Youth Group is held at Prospect Primary School Auditorium on Fridays at 7.30pm. Donations are welcomed from the community. For more information call 505-4306.

Members of CORe youth group prepare for Hard CORe Wrestling Entertainment.

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Published February 18, 2012 at 7:00 am (Updated February 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm)

‘CORe youth group has helped me in a major way’

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