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)

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 comes together.

In term 2, we’re looking at questions from the New City Catechism. This is a summary of Christian belief and will hopefully help us understand and then remember who God actually is as revealed in the Bible.

This is a summary of the term:

5-May – All In – Church | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
12-May – Small groups – check with Josh for locations and times if you don’t know
17-May – Small groups
24-May – Small groups
31-May – All In – Thornleigh Golf Centre | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
7-Jun – Small groups
14-Jun – Small groups
21-Jun – All In – church 
28-Jun – ‘Onward’ Youth Conference – Chatswood Concourse
+ 27-30-Sept – Stampede Youth Camp (put it in the diary!)
 
‘Onward’ is an event run by KCC – the same people who run KYCK. It’ll be an evening very much like one of the sessions at KYCK. There will be lots of youth from other churches, games, singing and a speaker (Sam Chan) will teach from the Bible. This is the last night of term and a great way to wrap up and launch into the holidays. Onward tickets need to be bought through KCC at this site: https://www.onwardevent.com, and they’re $29. More details to come about traveling down together and dinner….

 

Vine Sundays (years 6 and up)

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 2, we’ll be looking at Israel’s kings and what they tell us about following King Jesus.

 

Senior Vine (years 10-12)

Year 10 meets on Sunday arvos (4 – 5 pm) at the church to hang out, read the Bible and then head to Night Church together at 6 pm. In term 2, we’re looking at the fundamentals of the Christian faith with an eye towards confirmation, for those who want to be confirmed.
 
The confirmation service will be on June 9th at 6 pm. If you’d like to come along, it’ll be great to support those getting confirmed.
 

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) – 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.

KYCK (Katoomba Youth Convention for high schoolers). We enjoyed KYCK in April, and are looking forward to heading back again next year!

 

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