HOLIDAY HANG OUT – IN THE ADVOCATE

Our recent kids holiday program connected with 50 different kids over 3 days. Thanks to the crew from St Matts West Pennant Hills who partnered with us for this! The local paper ran an article about it. Check it out here:

Program turns Christian perceptions around
ELLE WATSON
14 Jul, 2010 09:38 AM
ONE of the youngest churches in the country is getting kids off the couch and motivated this school holidays.

The Coast Evangelical Church, established in Forster by a group of ex-Sydneysiders last April, held its second Holiday Hang Out program with huge success.

More than double the kids turned out for the three day sessions last week, said ministry apprentice trainee Alicia Barnes.

“It’s been a great success, last year we had a solid six kids and this year we had around 30 kids each day.”

She said the aim was to provide fun activities for kids on holidays and improve their perceptions.

“The big hope overall is to link in with the local community, the kids and their families and show them that Christians are normal people,” Ms Barnes said.

“There’s this persona out there that Christians are only old people who will sit there and lecture you for half an hour. What we’re about is trying to be interactive and share the bible in a way that connects with our culture.”

Co-ordinated by a group from the West Pennant Hills Anglican Church who support youth ministries, over three days the primary aged kids got crafty, played ball games and had a free barbecue lunch under a pirates theme.

“The kids had a ball. Some were coming in off the street just because they saw how much fun we were having and wanted to be involved,” Ms Barnes said.

With three different youth groups the independent evangelical church is focused on making religion accessible to everyone, especially young people.

“I think one of the advantages we have is that we’re a group of younger people in our twenties keen to connect with young people where other churches might have tried or struggled to.”

The Coast Evangelical Church meets each Sunday at the Forster Public School Hall at 10am.

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