Focus Youth  For Year 7 to Year 9 

We desire to see our preteens in our church community continue to build a strong foundation for their spiritual growth, and for them to develop healthy attitudes and relationships to prepare for their teenage years.

Sunday Programme:

Focus Youth meet on Sunday morning, concurrent with the 10:30am service. The children attend the first 10-15 minutes of the service joining with the adults in worship through singing.

They then have a teaching time combined with discussion, prayer, challenges, games and other interactive activities to maintain interest and aid learning and spiritual growth.

Curriculum:

The foundation of the curriculum are the principles of:

  • I am created to pursue an authentic relationship with my Creator
  • I belong to Jesus Christ and define who I am by what He says
  • I exist every day to demonstrate God’s love to a broken world

We use a variety of curriculum programmes, to maintain interest and to enable us to cover the topic in the particular way we desire.

The plan for this year is:

  • Term One: Shaped to Serve (Spiritual Gifts and Ephesians); Amazing Race – Amazing Grace (an interactive journey into the Easter story)
  • Term Two: EXCEL; Missions: Tranzsend Campaign & 20/40 Hour Famine; ‘At Your Table’: What attitude is sitting at your table?, Sitting with dead people – choosing the right friends, What do you bring to the table?, and Words
  • Term Three: ‘Splash’: Baptism of Jesus, Jesus & Peter walk on water, Woman at the well, and Jesus washing the disciple’s feet; Colossians – through the book Colossians looking at the themes of Jesus Community Warning & Kingdom Identity (part 1)
  • Term Four: Colossians (continued): Kingdom Identity (part 2) and Conversation; and Christmas

Focus Youth after school hangout

We hold fortnightly afterschool hangouts for Preteens to help get to know each other better and help bond as a group. These events take place on a Friday afternoon, and includes a variety of games and space to hangout with friends. There is a $2 door charge to cover costs and afternoon tea.

Each term we also have a large event planned combined with the older youth which will usually have a charge to cover costs.

They have had events like:

  • Team Challenges like Cluedo, Spotlight
  • BBQ & Splash Attack to Waterworld
  • Progressive & Regressive Dinners
  • Car Rally/Scavenger Hunt
  • Extreme Edge (Indoor Rock Climbing)
  • Games Nights
  • Leap (Trampoline Park)
  • Famine Sleepover Weekend

eCamp:

We also encourage our Preteens to attend the Baptist Youth Ministries eCamp at Findlay Park over Easter.   This is a great opportunity for them to be with like-minded others and be encouraged and grow in their faith.