|LIFE is the weekly youth event at Kerith|
The folk at Kerith were really welcoming and looked after us well. I took various things away from heading there:
They were really passionate about what they were doing. Marie (my co-youth leader) and I got a guided tour and everyone seemed to enthuse passion. They loved serving God and they loved what they were doing. There was a huge number of volunteers and they all seemed to be passionate about the teens.
Although the whole set up was extremely professional they were willing to get down and dirty. They didn't want it to be a normal white middle class quiet youth event. They were willing to take risks even if it meant they had to have bouncers at the door.
The youth had a huge involvement in the set up and running of the events. The whole PA crew were teenagers. I thought that was brilliant.
Depth and breadth
Sometimes with large youth-groups you feel that they can be shallow and superficial. There was definitely a sense in some of the teens that they really wanted to live for Jesus and also were quite open about it. The youth has seen a lot of growth in the last 18 months but I don't think it was at the expense of depth as well.
I found it a really encouraging experience and I really hoped that my teens learnt from what they saw as well. We don't want to replicate their youth events but we really want to see some of those things happen.
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