This week’s post has been written by Trudi, who with Steve leads the work with the 11-14 year olds at Jubilee.
Detonate is for years 7-9. We meet on a Sunday morning after the worship and have socials in the evenings every other month.
Our vision for Detonate is that the young people will build meaningful and supportive friendships. That they are free to be themselves and share their lives with each other. Often they may be the only Christian in their circle of friends at school, so it’s good for them to know that they have a church family with friends that ‘get it’.
This can be a time where many who have been brought up in a Christian family start to think for themselves about who Jesus is and what that means for them. We want to help them navigate their way through this and for Detonate to be a safe place to ask questions, discuss and discover. We encourage our young people to be hearing from God in their daily lives and try to find different and creative ways of nurturing this.
Over the last year we have looked at various topics. We went through the book of Jonah and discovered many life lessons. We have worked our way through the Coffee Chats series of films which created many discussions. Every month or so we have a guest from Jubilee join us to either answer questions about their own lives or to help us look at a topic such as; Science v God or ‘Why does God allow suffering?’ These are great ways for Detonate to get to know others in Jubilee and to benefit from their wisdom.
We also have some joint evenings with the older youth, these have been similar to Thirst. The young people have encountered Jesus, heard from him and have been encouraged to step out in prophesying and praying for others.
Currently we are doing a series on people who met Jesus. We are looking at their lives before and after meeting Jesus and asking what God is saying to us through these encounters.
Detonate are a great bunch. Come and say hello to us in the youth room and if you want to know more ask Steve or Trudi.
Thank you Trudi for the blog post and a huge thank you to you and Steve and the team for all you do with the young people at Jubilee.