Youth Ministry

Welcome to the Vine!

It’s great you’re here! The Vine is a group for high schoolers where we aim to make new friends, deepen old friendships, have lots of fun and together work out what life’s about, as Jesus tell it.

Our programs run on Friday nights and Sundays in the term time. Have a look below for things that are going on at the moment, check instagram send Josh Lewis an email for more information at josh.lewis@standys.org.au.
 
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Important links:

Click here for the audio file of the memory verse to make your music video to! 
Click here to upload your music video once you’re done!
Links for holiday and term 2 activities will appear here shortly.
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New Arrangements Given the Coronavirus Outbreak

— Vine Fridays has not been meeting normally for the last 3 weeks of term 1, but rather meeting online with a livestream plus Zoom small groups. At this stage, we’ll be doing similar in term 2. Stay tuned for the links as Term 2 approaches – Friday nights at 7 pm. —

— Vine Sundays is NOT running currently. Please be involved in the church livestream – checkout our YouTube channel. We’re working on plans for Term 2. —

It’s important through this time that we keep hearing from God’s word, and that we stay connected together as a community. So, please be involved and please be involved actively – not just watching as a background activity but giving your full attention to what we’re doing! And please don’t 

We will start at 7 pm, with a livestream on Youtube. Some of the leaders will be coordinating some fun things on the livestream, then we’ll break into video conferencing small groups to read the Bible together, chat, and pray. Our small groups will be on Zoom, will be administered by the regular year group leaders, and details of how to access the rooms will be available on the livestream. I’d strongly recommend that you don’t gather together with others on Friday nights, but rather get involved with the livestream and small groups on your own. Our aim is to slow the spread of the disease; that’s why we’ve moved to meeting in this way.

Staying Connected
It’s really important that we stay in contact, particularly now more and more social activities are being suspended. The leaders will be making an effort to contact those in their small groups and organise ways that the group can stay connected. Some groups have a WhatsApp group, for example, but the leader will work out what works best for their groups, in consultation with parents too. We’re keen to stay connected, while using appropriate forms of communication.
 
For those on instagram, there will be regular posts from @vine.wahroonga  We’re also hoping to upload some videos to insta/youtube.
 
Memory Verse Videos
We’ve been learning a memory verse in term 1, and we’ve got a recording of our lovely voices singing the verse… and now the challenge is to make a music video for that verse (Romans 5:6-8). Get involved!
 
No KYCK this year – instead… something awesome online!!
KYCK is NOT running over the Easter school holidays (unsurprisingly), but has been postponed until the spring school holidays. Given this, sadly, we will not be going to KYCK this year. Instead, we will pour all our energy towards our annual youth camp, Stampede, which is scheduled to run in those same school holidays – 8th-11th of October this year. Hopefully things will be back to normal by then, and it will be great!!
We’re also working on something for the weekend that KYCK would have been… stay tuned!
 
 

What we do in more regular times….

Vine Fridays (years 7 and up) – 6:30 – 8:30 pm

On Fridays when we’re not socially distancing ourselves, the Vine (for high schoolers) meets together at the church. On a regular night, we’ll have a simple dinner together at the start of the night, we have a section of ‘All In’ time with everyone and then break off into small groups. Each of these groups has a key leader, and meeting separately will allow them to do tailored activities and Bible studies, grow stronger relationships in the small group, and provide an easy place to invite friends.
A couple of times a term, we do different nights, where we’re offsite, or where we stay as a large group for the whole night. We’ll give you further details about that as we go. In term 1, we’ll be looking at Romans.

Vine Sundays (years 6-9)

On Sundays, at the same time as morning church, the Vine (years 6-9) meets at Prouille Primary School (across the road from church). We have a church service for youth – we pray, sing and hear a Bible talk and have morning tea together. During the school holidays, Viners are encouraged to stay in church with the adults. 


Friday afternoons for Year 6

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

Camps

STAMPEDE (St Andrew’s Youth Camp for high schoolers + year 6) – during the spring school holidays. This year camp is on the 8th-11th of October.

KYCK (Katoomba Youth Convention for high schoolers). We normally go to KYCK in the Easter holidays, but are sadly NOT going this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.