Teenagers are often given a bad rap. Media, as well as a lot of parenting resources, paint them in a rather negative light. As teens navigate the tricky phase of not being a child anymore but not quite an adult yet, they are often described as sullen, irresponsible and self-absorbed. And maybe some are. I mean, no one can deny being a teenager is hard.
But I want to celebrate and highlight the amazing teens we are blessed to have serving at BPCC. These teens are energetic, reliable, fun-loving, flexible, brave, willing to try new things, kind… And I could go on.
Indeed, we have many Junior Leaders (aged between 13 and 17) serving in our Children’s Ministries every week. They serve in Crèche, Jnr. Kidz Church, Kidz Church, and at GEMS and Cadets. These young people are praying with and for our little ones. They are leading and modelling worship through song. They are opening up the Bible with our kids and showing them their need for a Saviour. They are sharing God’s character with them through their warmth, kindness and compassion. They are leading them in fun games and activities that help to build relationships and keep the children wanting to come back. Given a little responsibility and lots of support, our Jnr. Leaders are blossoming, and it is so exciting to be part of!
Within every teenager is great potential for good. It’s our responsibility as adults to foster and encourage that potential. At BPCC we see great hope in our teens and that’s why we strive to encourage, include and equip them to serve God here at BPCC and further afield.
1 Timothy 4:12 says: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believers in life, in speech, in love, in faith and in purity.”