Interested in Easter Camp 2018!?
Contact us before March 15th to get amongst it! We are anticipating a lot of fun and an incredible adventure.
High School Students can contact Rose - firstname.lastname@example.org
In late April, Nativity Youth departed for Whanganui’s Youth of the Nation (YOTN) Conference with no idea of what God had in store for them. Across the Cook Straight and up the North Island we laughed together, were real together, and held a great sense of anticipation together for what the next few days would hold.
This year, the Conference theme was “Ascend the Hill,” taken from the words in Psalm 24. The Psalm expresses a call to worship, a call to enter into the presence of God, a call to step into the lives we were created for – lives that honour God and love people. I could not be more proud of the way our young people responded to this call.
I am blown away by God’s goodness. I am thankful for the expectations that He met and exceeded. While each individual had a significant and unique God encounter, they also journeyed together as a family. And if you don’t believe it from me, you can hear it from them:
"Youth of the Nation this year was such a significant event for me in my walk with God. He did a lot of talking to me in the few days I was there, really revealing Himself to me. My highlight, however, wasn't the amazing speakers or stunning worship (which it certainly was) but the group of awesome people I was so privileged to get to go along with. It was so important to have people around me that I could trust to talk with and be honest with in the time of so much going on, hearing from God about some very important things and having some emotional moments in the process (as you do). I would not have had the same experience if I hadn't been with them. God knows exactly what I need, even if I don't know that's what I needed in the first place!" - Colleen, 14
"It's hard to narrow it down to one highlight! I have to say sharing the weekend and getting closer to everyone was really awesome. However, having the opportunity to worship Jesus with other youth and to be inspired by the speakers was special, and something I'll always remember and value. ” – Lucy, 17.
“Before going to YOTN I wasn’t in the right head space. I felt lost and broken and I felt like I didn’t have a lot of faith left. I just didn’t think God had a plan for me, but I was wrong. When I got there I didn’t know how amazing it actually would be, it just was so powerful and encouraging, and when we had all the preachers come in God really spoke to me through them. They said things that helped me in so many ways like how to read the bible, how to meditate on the word, and how not to give in to the devil. Then on the last day, in the afternoon, we were just talking as a group. Then someone asked "what’s a testimony" and my youth pastor gave a really good explanation on that. Then I just felt this heavy, weird feeling come over me. He was like, 'Claudie, I want you to share the gospel I want you to share with other people your testimony.' I just kept thinking about this over and over again. I just didn’t know what was happening. It was time to go to the last session of YOTN. I was sad it was coming to an end but I was really praying the last session would be powerful, and it certainly was. One of the preachers came in and started preaching about sharing the gospel and how you can help people surrender their lives to the Lord. I was like, 'Wow, this is what I had experienced earlier that afternoon.' Then this preacher starts preaching about this. WOW - I felt like it was being confirmed.
The preacher was talking about fight the good fight of faith and it was so powerful!
Then he asked us if you want to share the gospel, if you want to fight the good fight, then come to the stage. So I went down to the stage and BOOM - right there it clicked in my heart, God said to me, 'Claudie, I have put you here for a reason and your purpose is to share the gospel. I want you to be the light in someone’s darkness. You have a purpose. You are a daughter of Christ, and I love you.' Thank you God for showing up so powerfully that weekend.” – Claudie, 13.
“My highlight for the conference were the speakers. Specifically Steve Silcock and Brendan Brown because I really liked the way that they delivered their sermons and they were also very good at comparing and giving examples of what they were talking about.” – Caleb, 15.
Thank you so much to everyone who supported us, fed us, and prayed for us!
It was truly a Kingdom investment.
Rose Newton Xxx
Kia Ora Whanau!
Here's a look at what Nativity Youth got up to for the Easter Mystery Tour!
We hit up Picton Mini Golf (Jonathan's team won!), followed by a boat ride to Lochmara (Thank you so much Peter!). Our Lochmara adventures finished with Hot Chips for everyone before we headed back to St Barnabas Chapel for dinner (Thank you Raewyn!) and a movie (The Princess Bride - Classic!). We stayed overnight, and started our Resurrection Sunday with waffles made by the youth.
This was a fun weekend and a great opportunity to connect with one another. Huge thank you to those who made it happen, and were so generous! To the parents who sent their kids along! And to the young people who took such good care of each other.
Aroha Nui Xxx
Kia Ora Nativity Whanau!
Eight of our young people, along with leaders, are headed to Whanganui this holidays for Youth of the Nation Conference! Please pray that their eyes are opened, their ears are receptive, and their hearts are soft to see, hear, and receive more from the living God than they have before.
For those who have been asking, if you would like to make a donation toward travel costs, help sponsor a young person, or donate baking/meals, please speak with Rose Newton (0277275888, email@example.com).
Information about this conference can be found at http://www.yotn.net.nz/
We are very excited!
Thank you for your prayers!
This Easter the youth are heading away for an Easter Mystery Tour! The locations are top secret but set to be a lot of fun!
When: Easter Saturday – April 15th - 16th
Who: Nativity Youth – Years 7-13, bring a friend if you want to.
Where: Meet at Barnies at 9.30am – you don’t want to miss the ‘bus’! We will be in anonymous location/s during the day. If parents/caregivers want to know where you are going for safety reasons that is no problem – please just give me a call or text. We will be staying at Nativity church overnight.
Contact: Rose – 0277275888, firstname.lastname@example.org
We aim to return to St Barnabas by 5.30pm for a meal, followed by a few activities. If you wish to pick up your young person you may do so at 5.30, or after the activities just before 9pm.
Note: Registrations are now closed. Stay tuned for our next event.
Nativity Youth is taking a new shape for 2017! Rose, along with her husband Jeremy, welcome Youth in Years 9-13 to join the Nativity Youth Whanau!
We hang out on Sunday mornings during the 10am service for activities, kai, and a journey with God together. This term we will be examining 'The Heart'. We sometimes meet on Sunday afternoons before gathering for the 7pm service.
Monday Nights include a bible study for senior students based on 'Bad Girls of the Bible' (and what we can learn from them).
Keep an eye on the Nativity Youth Blog page for information about camps, concerts and special events throughout the year.
For more information on Youth activities, contact Rose at email@example.com - I'd love to hear from you!
24-7 Youth Work is a trust relationship between a local church and a local school in the context of the local community working together to support young people. It originated from Spreydon Baptist Church in Christchurch, and was so appreciated by secondary schools it’s now gone nationwide. It has so much “street cred” that last year the government agreed to help fund it.
In over 70 schools nation wide, 24-7 Youth Work has now reached Marborough Girls College, where Rose is a Youth Worker and Team Leader 15 hours/week. Her other 25 hours each week will be building our youth ministry.