Ballinamallard Youth

Youth Ministry

2014 has arrived! It's time to finish off those last remaining chocolates and drop the Xbox controller, because we've got plenty to look forward to over the next couple of months.

Evening of worship with the YF

On Sunday 2nd March, Youth Fellowship and church will be coming together for a night of praise and teaching in the Magheracross parish room. We'll aim to combine the informality and energy of YF with the more traditional elements of church, and allow parents to experience the form of worship that their young people helped develop through 'Build-a-Church' in November. It would be great to see this service well supported by both young and old.


We hope to take a group of our young people to Soul Mates in Lurgan from 7th - 9th March. It's a brilliant weekend of worship, learning, drama, very little sleep and, of course, mighty banter! Early booking costs are lower (£33) so get your young people signed up as soon as possible - it's also a great chance to see the TOM Team again!

YF Programme

As for Youth Fellowship itself, we'll be delving deeper into bigger questions and stories from the Bible as we start our 'God Is…' programme. Each week, our leaders will present a different aspect of God's character ('God is Powerful', for example) and then invite our young people to get stuck in to some group discussion and creative interaction - we hope to prompt a bit of fresh thinking about who our wonderful God is.

Visitors from Saintfield

The Youth Fellowship from Saintfield Parish Church stayed in the Archdale Hall over a weekend in January and our own YF had the opportunity to spnd time with them on the Saturday. In particular we shared in a "photo challenge" in which we prowled Ballinamallard looking for opportunities to take pics with a particular theme eg "a scene fom a movie" or "performing an act of kindness". There are a few more examples in the photos.


During January, the Scouts began their season with an examination of the issues around internet use. The parents were given a preview of the material provided by CEOPS (a section of the PSNI) which highlighted the importance of internet security, privacy and supervision.

Also this term, the scouts will be participating in a wall-climbing competition and an archery competition. Hopefully there will be photographs of them with their trophiesin the next edition. Founders Day will be celebrated in church on the morning of February 23rd when the scouting groups will be taking part in our 11am worship.


One of the primary focus points of this term's GFS programme will be the completion of their Scripture work and the competition which accompanies this. In particular, they will be looking at the "lost and found" stories about the sheep, the coin and the son. Alongside this work, they will be preparing for the diocesan craft competion. As with the scouts, we look forward to seing their photos with their trophies!

And as always, please prayerfully remember our young people and the programmes they'll be taking part in, because nothing we do will succeed without God at the helm.