In the last few years there has been a growing sense among church leaders, youth workers & organisations that God has been moving in exciting ways across Milton Keynes, and specifically in relation to young people. Churches and organisations are doing some great work with young people and some youth groups are really growing and thriving. We’re seeing young people excited about their relationship with God, and enthusiastic about living out mission to ‘go and make disciples’ and spread hope and positivity in the face of negativity. At a time when young people are often looked upon negatively in the media & by politicians, we’re seeing young people smashing those stereotypes apart, but more excitingly, wanting to enable their peers to do the same.
With a desire to seize the opportunity & make best use of the momentum, a group of leaders got together to dream about how we could impact the city by empowering young people to do local mission and encouraging churches to work together more closely.
To see young people across Milton Keynes exploring and growing a faith in God, empowered to spread hope across the city in transformative ways, and to see MK churches working more closely together to resource & support them.
The original plan was to have a big mission week during the October 2013 half-term break, with churches hosting social action projects around the city. We invited young people from all MK churches to join the team to serve neighbourhoods in word and action. Youth teams met together in the mornings at a central location for teaching, worship, prayer and training, before heading out to projects to serve in the afternoons, then returning to reflect & debrief. On the final night there was a big evangelistic event which the young people invited their friends along to, and the people they met & served during the week. Here’s the story of what happened:
Each year so far the event has changed slightly as we try to make it better, more engaging and more transformative. And we’re doing it all again this year – and would love more churches, young people & volunteers to get involved.