What comes to mind when you hear the word Youth Services? To some, youth services could mean a service coordinated and led by the youth as part of a planned event or series of events targeted at building young people in areas that concern them. To others, youth Services could mean the engagement and dedication of the youths in the church in areas like ushering department, music department, protocol department, media department and the likes of it, depending on the angle where you pick it from, they are all youth services but we will be discussing youth services in terms of a planned event.
YOUTH SERVICES AS A PLANNED EVENT
The youthful age is the most sensitive period in a man’s life, and if not properly utilized, the choices made in this period will either make or mar such a person. Ecclesiastes 12:1 “Remember [earnestly] also your Creator [that you are not your own, but His property now] in the days of your youth, before the evil days come or the years draw near when you will say [of physical pleasures], I have no enjoyment in the”. The aim of organizing youth services is to engage young people in a well-organized activity that is capable of contributing to their physical and spiritual growth.
Therefore, as a church leader, these youth services will enable you to interact better with young people. Enabling you know what bothers them, what interests them, know their focus and how to help them grow. Here is a list of youth services every church can imbibe:
Talk Shows/Discussion forums:
This is a forum where professionals are invited to speak to a group of young people in a church in areas like business and rudiments for starting a business as an entrepreneur. This provides a platform for young people to share their thoughts and point out areas that have been challenging to them. Through discussions, questions and answers they identify their mistakes and pick up from where they got them wrong. Discussion forums are Bible-oriented, where biblical examples are used to tackle current trends in society that affects the younger generation.
Relationships are the most fundamental part of our lives. Through relationships, we learn how to strive and survive both in formal and informal relationships. A young person with an amazing business idea who doesn’t know how to manage relationships may not succeed in the outside world. Also, the wrong choice in selecting a partner hampers their ambitions. Thereby, leaving many young people in a state of jeopardy, depressed as a result of disappointments and heartbreaks. As the bible rightly puts it, “to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1 In setting up such a platform we help young people look into these areas where they will be properly guided using biblical ethics.
Empowering the Youths through Skill Acquisition:
The world today is driven by “what can you do” by annually organizing programs where young people can gather together to learn various skills that will go a long way to help prepare them for the future, skills like content creating, web design, photography, fashion design etcetera and also harnessing young talents in music, dance and drama.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUTH SERVICES?
- Engage young minds; get to know what bothers young people
- It creates an avenue where young people can share their values and interests
- Helps young people examine life through biblical principles
- Through these services, they get a personal experience with God, which enables them to set boundaries and engage them in proper lifestyles.
- Outreach programs open them up to care for the less privileged and enable them to develop a heart of giving and service.
Adding games and sports to the list of activities makes youth services more fun. Bear in mind that young people are attracted by what they see, this should also influence how you plan youth services events. In Omega Fire Ministries Houston, we see to it that the atmosphere for such programs comprises of what young people enjoy like music, dance, drama. The aim of the youth services will be defeated if there is no testimony of a personal experience with God, which is why each activity carries a message that best brings God closer to you. Because when you experience God on a personal level, you get to realize that your existence is part of a bigger plan of God, prepares you for life’s challenges and allows you to properly render your services to God in church.
This and more youth services you will find In Omega Fire Ministries Houston, we are not just a church but a community of vibrant, talented, educated and intelligent young people.
Catch a glimpse of one of our youth services events held in August 2021. When the world was shutting itself out, we thought it wise that the young people bound, discuss and know each other better in this Lunch Event