Pastors Note November 2015

Pastors Note November 2015

No time for Fun and Face to Face Friendship for our children and teenagers?

(THERE IS, read on…..)

It’s inevitable that the 21st century frenetic pace of life is finding its way into childhood and youth.  Education starting at 3 and continuing to 21+ requires more detailed study, research and coursework. The provision of rounded extra curricular activities such as sports, martial arts, music and additional tutorials to ensure good grades are packing weekday evenings and weekends with pressure for youngsters. With parental and grandparental taxis  straining to make start times and pick-ups, and what with instantaneous  text  messages and social media posts requiring immediate  answers etc, etc ………what are we modelling to our youngsters  “Human beings” or “Human doings” ?

My best friend now lives in Texas, I’ve known him for 40 + years and we became good friends whilst having fun and chill time at our local Friday night youth club . Here more than at school deep friendships were made and my wife and I still meet up in and around the Midlands to catch up with other good lifelong friends from the club.

Such a club does exist in Lisvane – on Friday nights 6:30 to 7:45 at the “Old School” sponsored by the LCC/LCA and run by volunteers, many including myself from Lisvane Baptist Church youth team (DBS checked and child protection policy in place). Here the youngsters can mix with those from other schools either chilling or chatting, or participating in active team games, or learning new life skills. There no faith input or pressure, just opportunity for fun & face-to-face, rather than cyber, friendship. So if you’re reading this and have children or grandchildren in years 7-10, why not improve their Fun and Friendship level by highlighting the club to them. Look out for new publicity and logo shortly.

At LBC we love to practically support and help children and schools, running the Lisvane Primary “Fun Factory”, the Wednesday after school club for years 3&4, and supporting life-coaching sessions and outdoor pursuits at Llanishen High School. Our Sunday morning youth sessions are for 11-16 year olds starting in the morning worship service and we have a Monday night, age 15-18, home group currently exploring the “Authentic Christian Lifestyle” with miracles included!  And the more Craft /Skills based eXplore session for 10-14 year olds in the Scout hall on Thursdays at 6.30pm. God loves these and all other youngsters and therefore at LBC so do we.

Check out the LBC  website for more details , either give me a call or, whatever your age, why not pop along to see us at 10:30 on a Sunday Morning in the Memorial Hall, I can assure you of a warm welcome and God’s Love and Blessing for your life . Oh and, of course, Fun and Friendship

Even youths grow tired and weary and the young stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strengthIsaiah Ch 40 v 31

Best Regards,

Chris Parsons, Youth Coordinator, 02920 747241