Back in March the way in which Warrington Youth for Christ reaches young people took a massive turn. During the first initial week of our countries national lockdown, myself (Hannah) alongside the WYFC team, got together to plan new strategies to support young people. We are so thankful for pre-existing social media platforms and the power of technology, which has enabled us to continue our work online throughout these uncertain times. Social media; a place where young people spend the majority of their time during some of the most challenging times they have ever experienced. Some of our online work incudes online mentoring, virtual youth groups, daily videos, live events, ticktocks, Culcheth fresh online and more. It's important to remember that for so many young people, social media is dark place; a place of peer pressure, distorted body image, anxiety, cyber bullying etc. and we are so thankful that throughout these months, we have been able to shine Jesus' light and hope into these dark places.
A bit more recently things have started to look a little more normal. Although our online ministry continues, I have started working back at Culcheth High school. Currently I am mentoring students on a one to one basis, building relationships with the young people at lunch and break times, and last week the Debate club started back up!
In amongst all of these different avenues of working, I and the rest of the team have found a real openness with the young people. I personally have had some great conversations about life and faith, and it has been such a blessing to support them through this. Thank you so much for your continued encouragement, prayer, and support — this work couldn't be done without you.
When future restrictions allow, I have some exciting opportunities for detached street work in Culcheth. Please do pray for the continuation of this work, for the young people who are struggling and for wisdom as we make decisions.
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