Leo (CYDO) writes, Youth work is all about relationships – but how can you maintain those relationships when you can’t meet with your young people? It’s important that they have the opportunity to talk about how they feel, what they’re experiencing and how they’re coping and that can be done with phone calls, texts and internet messaging (ensuring you comply with Good Practice guidelines, of course!
But it’s also important that they feel connected to each other and the Church, and that they have some fun. That was the point of starting Gathered Youth Groups, where small groups of young people come together regularly to meet with each other in a Mission partnership.
And the lockdown isn’t going to stop us – what can be more gathered than a virtual youth group? Next Tuesday (April 7th) at 7pm young people from all over the synod can take part in a treasure hunt using Zoom – a digital conferencing application.
The CYDO will be setting the task to find some common, and less common, household objects. First one back to the camera with the object gets a point. If you have young people in your church (or family) who might want to take part, email Leo at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll send you the link so that you can share it with your young people.
Leo will be running a Virtual Gathered Youth Group each week during the lockdown – so share the details when you get them but, remember, a phone call is better than an email or a text for connecting with your young people individually – don’t let them feel isolated, and keep those relationships going.