Teen Fusion seeks to mix fun with Bible teaching
So many complain that there is nothing for young people to do these days, especially things that are wholesome and positive. However, Shekinah Worship Centre has undertaken a special conference for teens this weekend through their Teen Fusion ministry.
“The purpose of the conference is to get teens together to mix a little fun with a little Biblical teaching,” explained Joie Trott, one of the youth leaders at Shekinah. “We want them to understand that it’s ok to stand out and be different and that it is ok to have a relationship and a freedom in Christ; we also want them to realise that going to church, and youth meeting can be fun and there are areas in the church where they can be involved.
“Our teens endure so much these days that we would have never imagined a few years ago and we want to take some time and encourage them and give them a safe outlet to release some of the stresses of life.”
Teen Fusion normally meets every Friday evening at 6.30pm at Shekinah and is open to young people in Middle School and High School, however, this is the first time having the conference. Fusion stands for Focused United Serving In One Network.
“Nowadays, going to church and having that spiritual background and foundation seems to be a thing of the past. We want to make it so it is the new ‘in thing’. We have a few teens at who know the Bible, they know scriptures, they know Bible stories, but their peers would never know this information because letting others know you are saved and trying to share your beliefs with them is not the popular thing to do. We want to pull out the leaders that are lying dormant inside. Instead of them following the negative majority, we want them to rise up and become a positive leaders, even if it means they are only leading one other person, it has to start somewhere.”
“We have a lot of teens raising themselves, they are cooking, doing homework, babysitting sibling, in relationships they need not be in; they have no home structure, no spiritual guidance and feel they have no one but there peers to turn to. We want them to know that they can turn to the church for support, contact the Youth Leaders of the church, join the youth meetings, meet other positive young people so that they can encourage each other.”
The theme for the conference is “Freedom Youth Arise” and guest speakers are husband and wife team, Pastors Kenji and Jenna Bean, who are youth pastors at Radnor Road Fellowship, under Bishop Neville Smith.
“In regards to what they will be sharing; I gave them the theme, advised the purpose and they will deliver what ever is laid on their hearts to share with the teens.”
While the three-day conference began yesterday, young people are welcome to simply show up activities today and tomorrow. Today, there will be workshops, a car rally and scavenger hunt and a mini fair from 9am to 6pm, and on Sunday, a closing youth service at 4pm.
All events are being held at Shekinah Worship Center on North Shore Road, Hamilton Parish. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for teens and groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $10 per person. Food is provided.
For more information on Teen Fusion, and to find out what activities are planned in the future, contact Deaconess Joie Trott at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Maria Seaman at email@example.com.
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