For over a year now members of the Friday Group have been attending the ‘Joint Youth Celebration’ or ‘JYC’ as its commonly known. This celebration brings churches together from around the Waterlooville area as a joint family of all ages to learn more about God and have fun. The services are open to everyone and are aimed and also co-led by youth. Celebrations are held regularly about twice a term in the evening with the service moving around the various churches involved (including Portsdown, Crookhorn, Waterlooville & Cowplain). Each typical fun filled celebration usually includes an icebreaker, talk, reflection, games, worship and refreshments.

In February, it was the turn of Portsdown Community Church to host the service on the theme of ‘Me, Myself & God: Who are we? and Who is God?’ During the service, we looked at how we view ourselves and each other while comparing this to God’s own view of us through various activities and discussions. The talk, led by the host church, focused on our personal relationship with God and how he is with us through our lives, loving and supporting us. As part of the service The Friday group led the reflection where the congregation stuck post-it notes with positive views about ourselves on mirrors around the room, to remind us that we should not just think of how we see ourselves but remember God’s own love for us and our unique talents, allowing us to be proud in who we are. After lively music and worship the evening was rounded off with refreshments and a chance to catch up, chat and play games with each other.

In April, we were at St John’s Church in Purbrook where Jenny talked about how we can trust in God’s plan for our lives; using her own experience. We also got to experience two different worship styles as music was led firstly by an organ, then by a music group. The service also included a reflection where we all put our thumb prints on cross templates. The evening was then rounded up with refreshments and a game of dodgeball.

If you would like to experience JYC for yourself, the next celebration is being held on Sunday 21st May at Waterlooville Baptist Church from 6.30-8.00pm with all more than welcome to come along!

JYC Article – Alex Lane