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We are in unusual and strange times; let’s try to avoid the word 'unprecedented' as it maybe the word of the month! We are praying for young people in our nation who might be feeling anxious and nervous in this season, with the implications of cancelled exams, college closures and unclear university places, as well as possible family illness. 

Phillipians-4-6We know that God walks with us through our darkest days (Psalm 23), and we know we serve an anxiety-ridden generation and therefore we need to help them access the message of hope that the gospel brings. We have the opportunity to help young people discover the truth found in Philippians 4:6 ‘Don’t worry about anything: instead pray about everything!’ 

Therefore we pray for you too, in this unique and strange time. As youth workers we seek to continue to reach and disciple young people. I (Dan) am torn by the strange nature of all this and the excitement of this brand new opportunity to trust God more and create new ways (with Him) to reach people with the gospel.

 
COVID[EO & ONLINE] with under 19s…

These unprecedented times create space for new levels of creativity for us as youth leaders. So here are some resources that we can go online with to keep connection strong and maybe even see the gospel go even more viral ;)

Prayer
Two things we can engage young people with this weekend in prayer!. 
  1. Prayer 2020: it's today! So you can join us live on the Hope Together Instagram www.instagram.com/hopetogether at 20:20 [8:20pm], with myself Dan and some local youth leaders in the North of England.
  2. National Day of Prayer and Action: This week, the Presidents of Churches Together in England are calling for a National Day of Prayer and Action this coming Mothering Sunday (March 22). ‘Light a candle at 7pm and put it in your window; ring someone who is isolated and vulnerable; buy an extra item and place it in your local food bank.’ Find out more here.

Events / Gatherings
‘Let us not giving up meeting together,’ (Hebrews 10:25) Let’s find creative ways of keeping in touch as virtual communities to encourage young people and people in our communities. here are some simple ways:
  • Live steaming services/messages/banter on Instagram
  • Keep your social media full of positivity, truth and fun ways to engage i.e. scriptures, competitions, polls, Youtube videos of worship songs…
  • Small groups using video-conferencing using Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime or Zoom [with parents’ / guardians’ permission]
MAL-Logo-smallOne great resource to use in Small Group settings and online is Mission Academy Live - you can watch the video on your own and discuss the questions over a video call.
 
Updates in brief…

Youth Evangelism Conference 2020: It was great to be able to do YEC Cambridge but, as you are probably aware by now, YEC Manchester (due to be on Saturday 21st March) has been postponed. We hope to reschedule YEC Manchester for some time in the autumn. We hope that you might join the team this Saturday to pray for our nation, that we would all put our trust in Him, the rock of our salvation. Further details will be communicated to you as soon as possible via the website www.theyec.uk Thank you so much for your support and understanding.

Amplify Young Evangelists Academy: We managed to do our final residential of the year with the Amplify Young Evangelists, last weekend! It was an amazing time. In the midst of fear in our nation, there was a bunch of evangelists with faith rising in them - young leaders who want to bring hope to people in this time with words and action! 
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Please let us know if we can resource you more and how we can pray for you!
E-mail Sue to let us know any prayer requests or support we can give.

Bless ya,
Dan & Hope Youth Team

 
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