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Strategie vir jeugbediening

anriette-de-ridder-moderamen-jeug-gesprekDs Anriëtte de Ridder (PSD: Jeug en Familiebediening)  gesels tydens die Moderamenvergadering (Augustus 2016) in die Wes Kaap oor die strategie vir Jeugbediening – vanuit die Diensgroep vir Gemeentebegeleiding. Sekere vrae word as deel van hulle navorsing gebruik.

Geloof word met ‘n tafel vergelyk – die vier bene is verhoudinge, aksie, aanbidding en kennis. Dieselfde as oor jare, maar ANDERS – want die konteks waarin ons jeug leef, is totaal anders. Anriëtte se interessante styl van aanbieding skep ruimte vir goeie interaksie, sodat die lede van die moderamen kan opstaan en hulle gedagtes oor vraag 1 “Hoe leer jy kosmaak?” met mekaar kan deel.

Onder verskyn die voorlegging wat Anriëtte gemaak het.  Dit kan in gemeentes en tydens ringsittings nuttig aangewend word.

Energiepunt gesprekke 2016

lightbulb-momentDie taakspan vir Jeug en Familiebediening het 6 fokusareas geïdentifiseer wat energiepunte is in die sinode. Dit beteken dat hierdie energiepunte die potensiaal het om groot energie los te maak. Maar dat dit ook nadenke en vars idees nodig het om die energie te ontsluit.

Daar word tans gesprekke gehou met predikante en jeugwerkers in die vorm van ’n informele VBO dag kursus. Daar is drie geleenthede vir gesprekvoering vir elkeen van die 6 onderwerpe. Elkeen van die gesprekke loop dan ook uit op ’n hulpmiddel, of gespreksdokument wat vir die hele sinode beskikbaar gestel gaan word. Drie gesprekke het al vir ’n eerste rondte bymekaar gekom.

Die volgende datums is:

  • 8 September – kategese
  • 12 September – Belydenisjaar en -aflegging (2)
  • 20 September – naskoolse jongmense
  • 27 September – familiedienste, kindermomente en familie liturgieê
  • ? Oktober -skolebediening (2)
  • 25 Oktober – familiebediening (2)

Laat weet asb vir José (Jeugkantoor sekretaresse) by jeug@sun.ac.za indien jy belangstel om deel te word van een van die energiepunt gespreksgroepe.

Jeugwerkers retraite 18-20 Oktober 2016 Hermanus

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Ds Anriëtte de Ridder bied ’n jeugbedienaars retraite aan vir kinder- en jeugwerkers, sowel as jeugleraars by Blinkwater in Hermanus 18-20 Oktober 2016 . Sy vertel “Ons gaan wynproe, walvisse kyk, saam kuier en goed rus. Melanie Thirion bied  ’n sessie aan oor “Hoe bly ek vars in jeugbediening?” en ds Pierre Goosen gesels weer oor “Wat is my roeping en hoe hoor ek dit opnuut?”. Ons bespreek ook die boek “You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit”.”  Inligting en inskrywings by José in die Jeugkantoor by 021 808 3381 of jose@sun.ac.za

Re-Imagine Matriekfees 2016

imagine“Die Jeugkantoor reël soos elke jaar (al vir meer as 40 jaar lank) weer vanjaar ’n skoolverlaterskamp, deesdae die Re-Imagine Matriekfees genoem.

Daar sal vanjaar weer een wees op Heroldsbaaien by Noordhoek, en wel van 30 November tot 7 Desember.

Ons vra asb dat gemeentes hulle matrikulante sal aanmoedig om die Matriekfees by te woon en waar moontlik selfs ’n finansiële bydrae te maak om dit vir hulle moontlik te maak.

Hulle kan die inskrywingsvorm sommer vir die matrikulante per WhatsApp of e-pos stuur!” So versoek Faani Engelbrecht.

Gemeentes kan gerus oorweeg om te belê in jongmense se oorgangfase na die grootmenswêreld wat na die eindeksamen vir ons kinders wag.

Klik hier vir meer inligting en die inskrywingsvorm

 

Anthonette Bridge: Ontmoet vir Huh en Ah-ha

jeugwerkersmosselbaaiGESPREK MET ANTHONETTE BRIDGE – JEUGWERKER – MOSSELBAAI AGS

Anthonette Bridge vertel dat die kinderbediening in die gemeente waar sy werksaam is, plaasvind tydens die twee oggend eredienste (dit word herhaal). Daar is eers ‘n groot groep byeenkoms vir Voorskool tot 6 saam en daarna is daar ‘n toepassing,aktiwiteit en omgee wat in klein groepies plaasvind. Sy ontwikkel die materiaal vir die lesse, sodat die temas aansluit by die preek reekse van die volwassenes. Dit is ‘n uitdaging om dit volhoubaar te doen, want dit neem baie tyd en dit verg baie kreatiwiteit om die temas steeds relevant en eenvoudig vir kinders te hou.

Haar groot uitdaging is dat Voorskool tot Graad 6 in een groep sit en dat die boodskap dus vir ‘n breë groep verstaanbaar en van toepassing moet wees. Hulle het egter ‘n kreatiewe oplossing gevind: sy en een van hul pastore trek aan soos twee karaktertjies en dra die boodskap oor deur middel van ‘n rollespel.. Sy sê hierdie twee karaktertjies het eintlik maar net spontaan ontwikkel.  Die twee karaktertjies se name is “Huh” en “Aha”. “Huh” is die “dom” karaktertjie met ʼn pienk pruik op, wat altyd die vrae vra en “Kaptein Aha” is weer die een wat verduidelik en meer antwoorde gee.

Sy vind dat die kleiner kinders veral met “Huh” se karakter identifiseer, terwyl die ouer kinders met “Aha” identifiseer, maar eintlik geniet almal die twee se manewales. Sy vind dat hierdie deurlopende karakters help ook om die weke se temas aan mekaar te verbind vir kontinuïteit.

DINKJEUG vra:

  • Is daar nog gemeentes wat met “karakters” werk in kinderbediening?
  • Is daar nog gemeentes wat deurlopend materiaal ontwikkel wat by die groter gemeente se preek temas aansluit?

 

Laat weet ons, sodat ons kan saamdink en deel.

Brian O’Connel speaks on “Education and a future of our youth”

winterskool-brian-oconnelO’Connel is the Head of the Western Cape Department of Education and he was one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Winter School in Stellenbosch.

O’Conner started off with painting a picture of the future of the earth and it shocked the audience. He explained why climate changes are creating a major crisis and challenge for us. By 2025 there will be serious energy, water, food shortages, especially in South Africa.

His point was that this generation’s leaders are challenged to solve this problem. We need to influence the future. But in order to do this we must be talking about the right (important) things and we must be willing to change our way of thinking. We need to try make sense of the statistics and respond to it timeously. We need to start by changing the culture and the conversation. The church can play an important role in this.

The question that this talk left me with, was why am I not really thinking about climate change and the future? And why is this topic so seldom discussed in the church?

Abigail Hopley on the “selfie generation”

winterskool-abigail-hopleyAnriëtte de Ridder

Abigail Hopley was one of the session speakers at this year’s winter school in Stellenbosch. She started off by quoting the statistics of young people leaving the church as well as the reasons for it, from the book “You lost me” by David Kinnaman. She also showed a video clip of David Kinnaman where he requests that we engage in a conversation with young adults who have left the church.

She also described how social media influences the identity of the youth and explained why we it is important that we think about identity and social media when we work with the youth.

Abigail helped me remember that social media and media influences are not just a tool to reach young people but fundamentally changes the way the youth act, feel and think today.

Anita Cloete: youth culture

winterskool-anita-cloeteDr Anita Cloete

Dr Anita Cloete was a session speaker at this years Winter School in Stellenbosch. She started off by reframing the topic. The question according to her, is not “how can we make the youth feel at home in church? but rather, “What can we learn from young people about what church is?”.

She made 2 main points:

  • Youth are not a homogenous group

 

The church should be and look diverse if it wants to include and serve a diverse youth. She asked the question how we can practically become more diverse and including and she made some suggestions.

  • Teenagers live in a time of transition…

 

She also explained that teenage life is a good metaphor for the church. As teenagers are living in a time of transition, the church should also live in a a place of transition (change, movement, and not knowing everything, questioning, etc.) We are embodying something of the kingdom but we are also pointing to the Coming Kingdom.

Dr Cloete reminded me that we cannot generalize when speaking about the youth. There are many sub-cultures. After her talk I am left with the question – how well do I know the youth in my community?

Rev Esmé Bouwers on the role of the local church

winterskool-esme-bouwers-church-on-a-hillRev Esmé Bouwers was a keynote speaker at this years Winter School in Stellenbosch. She confronted and motivated the Winter School delegates with the question: is the church a city on a hill or “agter die klip”? What are the stones that hinder the church to shine and be the salt?

She described places in her own life where she saw the church as it should be – unified, in spite of theological differences. Humbly asking forgiveness. Seeking to serve.

We should discover our local church’s purpose. It should not be about growing in numbers or building bigger churches, but it should rather be about serving.

Read Eph, Rom, 1Kor 12, Rev.

Each congregation has its own sin, challenges and recommendations

It is His church! Each church should be a light in the community in which they are in.

She explained why we should not only be a home for all as church, but why we must have a heart for all!! She challenged the delegates to rethink the role of women and the youth in leadership. She challenged the diversity and inclusion of all in churches.

The church is a:

City on a hill!

Salt and light!

Rev Esmé Bouwers is reshaping the way we think about women in leadership positions by her own example. Her affirmation of the local church gave me hope and made me think about my own congregation’s role in the community.

Lovelyn Nwadeyi on the youth and politics

winterskool-lovelyn-nwadeyi-youth-and-politicsLovelyn Nwadeyi is described as a young, public intellectual and she was a keynote speaker at this years Winter School in Stellenbosch. She started off by telling her own story and her involvement in the student protests last year. She described her own disappointment when her church did not support her effort, or engage in conversation with her, during this time.

She believes that churches cannot be neutral in politics. The youth will not be at home in church if there is no voice about social injustice. The church will lose the youth if it does not engage in the issues that the youth struggle with. She asked the question: “Why were certain churches silent or passive in the conversation and protest on US campus (#feesmustfall or #openstellenbosch)?”

She explained her view that the fact that the gospel reached Africa through colonization, influenced the interpretation of the gospel. She raised the questions: How did history influence Christianity in Africa and how does that hinder the church being a home for all?

She is convinced that a homogene church is problematic! How would a church look like where one (male) person does not lead, but where everyone has a voice? How would a church look like decentralized? How would a multicultural church look like with ALL types if people included equally?

She left us with some challenging questions…

Jesus overturned the tables… What would He do today?

When is political conversation needed and when is action needed?

How do we as Christians act when we cannot control the space?

Is there a place for violence?

She quoted Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

She concluded by quoting her favourite jazz singer Gregory Porter’s song “Illusion”:

“I’ve been trying to find reality

a grip on the illusion that I lost you

when you left me”.

Read the lyrics: Gregory Porter – Illusion Lyrics | MetroLyrics

This speaker was challenging in her views and left me to consider what should the church’s voice and role should be in politics and social transformation.

Rev Allen Goliath on why not to worry about numbers in youth ministry.

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The Reverend Allen Goliath is the Priest Assisting in St George’s Chathedral in Cape Town. He spoke on the topic of “The church as a home for the youth” at this year’s Winter School in Stellenbosch.

He explained that parachurch organizations did the youth work in the past. This has changed. The growth of the charismatic church as well as the changes in the country has led to these changes. In the nineties the church suddenly realized they’re losing the youth. They started investing in youth ministry with youth ministers, budgets, buildings etc. BUT now the youth worker has the pressure to keep up the numbers.

Democracy means that schools are not our biggest partners in ministry anymore as they are open for everyone and serve different religions.

The church needs to keep up with changes…

The result is that Sunday school now has to be and do so much more. Scholars’ programmes also are very full – this adds to the challenge of doing youth work.

The mindset of churches need to change…

National development means that our youth leave home to study and work in other places. Young adults leave (work and marry and live globally). Youth workers are not trained to keep up numbers but to minister. That should remain their focus. The problem is not the youth coming and going and moving between churches of cities… Because we are meant to be missional! Rather worry about what we do with them when they are there!

Empower and equip them for worship, witness and service, wherever they go!!

Youth ministry is not an add on. It is the key business of the church. We should focus on it.

“When I’ve got your child, I’ve got your whole family, your wallet, your attention, your time. Make a child a tree in the concert and the whole extended family comes!! What an opportunity!”

The thought that Goliath left me with, is that we should not get discouraged if the youth leave the church, but we should ask the reason why. Are they merely moving on, changing churches or cities? Or do they not feel as if the church is their home? Are they equipped to worship, witness and serve when they leave? If so, we have done our duty.