Rebecca Catford: March 2018
ONE Opportunity North East is well underway now, in its second year serving local Circuits/Churches by enabling them to invest in young people across the two Districts.
This year we have been able to welcome onto the team nine young people. They are based at Stokesley Circuit, Darlington Circuit, Durham Chinese Methodist Church, Chester-le-Street Circuit, Sunderland Circuit and North Shields & Whitley Bay Circuit.
Again, a wide variety of projects has been undertaken: Children's and Youth Work, sports ministry, use of social media in marketing various church activities, photography and videography and student befriending group work.
During our weekends away the ONE Opportunity team enables the young people to find ways how to disciple and understand the meaning of discipleship. We have been using materials which enable young people to live out their desires outlined in 3Generate Manifesto. Young people want to see a church community that:
- keeps God at the centre
- is not afraid
- always takes action
- is relevant
- is about togetherness
- is an inclusive and safe space
- has children and young people involved in all aspects of its life
All ONE OPPs feel that they are contributors as they have positive experiences during their projects.
'The great thing about my work is that I get to capture great moments with my camera, and besides that, the work that I do by marketing certain activities are helping towards greater causes.'
'It's great because I get the chance to explore and participate in different parts of the Chinese Ministry in Durham, especially student ministry at our Methodist Church.'
'Because of my project I am able to interact with many children who have different backgrounds but ultimately see them all come together in joy.'
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