I was so encouraged this week to hear from Liz Hodge, Springs Community Church, about her daughter, Susannah (12) starting a youth group for intermediate-aged girls.
Susannah was keen to have a youth group to invite her friends to. With the support and blessing of her mum, Liz, they planned what it might look like. She designed an invitation and gave it out to her friends at school.
After school on Tuesday, Susannah and 7 of her friends arrived at her house for youth group. Some of them attend churches around Christchurch and some have never been to church.
They ate together, played games, and Susannah’s Mum, Liz Hodge, led a bible study from Mark. She says, “It was great, all the girls wanted to read and asked a lot of good questions.”
Liz is grateful for Matt Meek from Riccarton Community Church (Canterbury Regional Youth Enabler) who provided great advice and encouragement when she contacted him for guidance in starting the group.
How awesome to see a young person enthusiastic about sharing her faith with her friends.
By Julie McKinnon, CCCNZ Children and Family Ministries Enabler