Youth Ministry

Welcome to the Vine for 2019!

All of our youth programs aim to help young people get to know Jesus Christ through the Bible. We know that youth are often facing pressures and stresses, as they make their busy way through a world that offers them more, while continually demanding more from them. Our groups are safe, engaging and relevant, helping youth consider the answers to life’s questions that God provides to us in the Bible. For more details or up-to-date plans, please contact Josh Lewis at josh.lewis@standys.org.au

 

Vine Fridays (years 7 and up) – starts Feb 1st

On Fridays, the Vine (for high schoolers) predominantly meet as small groups in separate locations. Each of these groups has a key leader, and meeting separately allows them to do tailored activities and Bible studies, grow stronger relationships in the small group, and provide an easy place to invite friends.
The first and last weeks of each term, and often one week in the middle, will be ‘All- In’ nights, where the whole youth group.
This year we will begin with two ‘All-In’ weeks – everyone will be meeting at the church on Feb 1st and Feb 8th, before the groups meet in separate locations on Feb 15th. There will be more information for individual groups about this.

In term 1, we’ll be using Bible study material called ‘Engage’; we’re up to Issue #2. It has daily studies that can be used throughout the week, and when we meet we’ll discuss the day’s study, as well as debrief on the past week. These books will cost $6 each, and we’ll collect money at the start of each term.

Vine Sundays (years 6 and up) – starts Feb 3rd

On Sundays, at the same time as morning church, the Vine (years 6-9) will meet at Prouille Primary School (across the road from church). This will essentially be a church service for youth – we’ll pray, sing and hear a Bible talk. We’ll have morning tea together, before returning across to the church building.
In term 1, we’ll be looking at Jesus in Mark’s gospel.

 

 

Friday afternoons for Year 6 – starts Feb 1st

 
1 group for Year 6 boys + 1 group for Year 6 girls = Club 66.
Food, activities, friends and learning about God.

 

 

Camps

KYCK (Katoomba Youth Convention for high schoolers) – 12th-14th April. – a gathering of a few thousand high schoolers, singing, hearing talks on John and ‘indoor camping’. Spots are limited, more details to come. The cost will be approx. $180.

STAMPEDE (St Andrew’s Youth Camp for high schoolers + year 6) – 27th-30th Sept. This year we’re extending our time up at Lake Macquarie by about a day, so Stampede will run Friday arvo – Monday arvo on the first week of the spring school holidays. The cost will be approx. $200.

 

Dates

Here is a summary for the key dates for this year:

  • Summer Social 2         Jan 22
  • Term 1 Vine starts       Feb 1
  • Parent Info Night       Feb 8
  • Term 1 Vine ends       Apr 5
  • KYCK                           Apr 12-14
  • Term 2 Vine starts    May 3
  • Term 2 Vine ends         July 5
  • Term 3 Vine starts       July 26
  • Term 3 ends                  Sep 20
  • STAMPEDE                  Sep 27-30
  • Term 4 Vine starts      Oct 18
  • Term 4 Vine ends       Dec 20