Jenni Merrett, our Children's team Intern, shares about their recent weekend away. February, a group of 10 boys aged 7-11 from our Children’s Network, Explorers, spent the weekend at Marrick Priory for the first ever Kids Weekend Away!
It was a weekend full of outdoor activities, climbing, archery and orienteering, to name just a few, as well as learning about Jesus and enjoying time together as a community. The weekend was very loud; the staff said we made more noise than their groups of 40! It was very energetic and lots of fun.
It was fantastic to see the boys challenging themselves and joining in with activities that, at first glance, they had said they wouldn’t be able to do. They discovered new talents and new levels of bravery and perseverance. It was also such a privilege to be a part of conversations with the boys, as they thought through what it means to them that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Even at such a young age, the boys have an incredible faith and connection to God, and He is very much at work in their lives.
The weekend was also a great opportunity to grow friendships. Alex, one of the leaders on our Children’s Team, said:
"Not only was it a blessing to see the work the God is doing in the kids, but it was also fantastic seeing them surpass all expectations in sharing life as a community."
The boys came together as a group in a big way, and there was a real spirit of fellowship that built up across the weekend.
"I feel closer to God."
"I loved staying up really late and, and the archery!"
Pray for the children to grow in their relationship with God, and to develop as disciples of Jesus, confident in who God is and who He has made them to be. The children of our church come from all over Leeds and most don’t go to the same schools, so please pray for a stronger sense of community amongst the children. Pray also that more people join the Children’s Team, especially men!
The number of children coming to church has doubled over the last year; in order to ensure every child is welcomed and supported, we need more people to get involved with this ministry.
If you would like to be a part of the Children’s Team, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org