A New Generation Update.

Posted on January 16, 2012 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Secondary, 16-19s,

Hi all, we'd love to give you a quick heads up about what is going on in the New Generation calendar and the different ways in which we'd love to work together with you guys. So here goes...

To celebrate the end of the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible we encouraged young people to hand out New Testaments for Christmas. This project was a huge success, in all sorts of ways. 16 year old Esther Parkinson of Southport, recently handed out 2000 Bibles to her whole college, including all the staff. The amazing thing was that she raised the £5000 needed herself. She then highlighted verses in them, wrote a personal message in them and wrapped them! Other people however, have handed out one to a close friend. Whatever the number of people, it's still an important project, as we believe, EVERYONE NEEDS A BIBLE.

New Generation is all about helping young people live out their faith in school and college. We aim to do this by working together with local churches and Schools Workers. One of the resources that we have to help this is our training day, FAITH, HOPE, SCHOOL. The day, in true NG form, is all about equipping young people to do prayer and outreach in their school or college. The day is full of practical and interactive sessions. We cover topics like, “How to fundraise,” “How to pray for your mates,” “developing young leaders,” and many more. One of the best things about the day is that young people get to meet other young people who are going through the same battles and struggles as they are. They get to share their victories and failures. It's the highlight of our year. This day is not just for young people, we'd love for schools workers and youth leaders to be there too. This year they will be held in Solihull, Manchester and Bristol, during the month of February. Check out the Schoolswork calendar for more info.

Before we sign off we'd like to share just one story of what God is doing in the schools of the UK. Here's what a group in Nottingham wrote to us in an email recently...

“Since the start of 2011 the New Generation group in our school has grown from around 12 people a week to just over 50 people a week, and 18 people have become Christians! This is not by our own efforts, but by the grace of God.

It all started in November after a time of prayer and fasting. A few of us were really praying to God about our school and waiting on Him to see where He wanted us to go next. We decided that there needed to be a change, and to refresh what we were doing, so we changed the layout of the room. We set up rows of sofas and chairs facing the front…and we changed the structure of our meetings. We introduced a time of prayer, worship and a talk.

We've also held different outreaches for Valentine's Day, Easter, and for the year elevens who are leaving. Some of the events included getting guests in to sing, dance, rap or speak, and we also held a 'Grill a Christian' type event where people came and asked us any questions they had. For our biggest outreach so far we bought 15 pizzas and put on an event that drew over 90 people! We used the opportunity to give a final message to the year elevens.

We're so grateful to God for all that He's done, and we pray that He continues to work in all the schools around our country. The best piece of advice we can give to any New Generation group is to pray and seek God's perfect will.”

If you'd like to receive more regular updates about what NG is up to then please just email us at {encode="hello@newgeneration.co.uk" title="hello@newgeneration.co.uk"} and we will actually answer you!