In addition, having a space where young people can explore the Christian faith is an important evangelistic opportunity. Meeting in a school and not in a Church building takes away any initial barriers that can be present: no awkward shuffling into a building they have never visited before, no strangers offering biscuits or making them feel unwelcome because they walked over the freshly cut grass outside the Church doors.
As rough and ready as school classrooms can be (usually messy, dirty or even trashed after a long day school day) they are great spaces to welcome young people interested in what we have to say School CUs (continued) about Christianity without also having to process a new space. “Oh, this is where I have maths!” is a great conversation starter for a leader. In essence, Christian Unions are vital for those with faith and those exploring faith: meeting young people where they are at and walking alongside them on the journey. It’s a privilege and an honour to meet young people in these spaces and we must never take these opportunities for granted. So, what are you waiting for? Get into your local school and help the youth leaders!
Tom Garner, Youth Worker at St Saviour’s Church, Guildford