Youth Club

Members of our Youth Club were invited to speak in church about their feelings on any of the following:

Below are transcripts of three of the talks.

Adults can best help young people by trying to be available to them if they want to talk. Talking will help them feel comfortable to talk about what's on their mind and their views and opinions on everyday life.

Adults will be there to listen to what we have to say and to use their experiences to hopefully to lead us onto the right path in life. Also, it is important that they’re aware of our body language, for example, facial expressions, etc.

On an educational basis, adults can talk to us about what happened during our day at school, if anything bad occurred involving ourselves and praising us if we achieved anything. They can also teach us to value ourselves and others, regardless of race; to respect others’ cultures and religions and to have faith in ourselves and God.

I believe that the Church plays a very important role in the life of every Christian.

It offers many essentials that can make lives for teenagers and adults much easier, such as guidelines that can help us distinguish good from evil and therefore can save us from a lot of trouble. Our Church also makes it very clear that it respects teenagers in the same way as it respects adults. If it were otherwise, I guess I wouldn't be standing here. Furthermore, the fact that we have our own youth club also supports the idea.

The sermons conducted by either Father John or Mrs Jean are also very helpful to us as young adults, as they show us how to deal with matters arising in our day-to-day lives.

Lastly, I also feel very welcome in our Church, as the people here are very friendly and sympathetic. This is probably one of the major qualities that differentiates St Luke’s from other communities.

I am a student at King’s College, London and have recently finished my first year of university life. The first year in many people’s opinion is the best time of their life since it is the one that requires the minimum amount of work and is mostly spent in student bars.

There is a big difference between school and university life. At school you have strict guidelines that need to be followed by every student, and the students spend most of their time breaking these. The children run from one classroom to another and every so often have to sit through lessons that bore them to death. But not all is bad about school life, such as the friends that you get to know and grow up with over the years. And since teachers tell you exactly what to do (and more often what not to do) you can spend less time thinking about making your own decisions.

University, in many ways, couldn’t be more different from school. First of all, you’re left alone to make your own decisions, which sometimes can be crucial for your future. Professors are nothing like teachers and couldn’t care less whether you turn up to lectures or not. You have to take your own initiative to finish your work before the deadline. Not only is it the work you have to worry about but also your finances, such as paying for accommodation, food, etc.

Instead of having a group of close friends, as it was at school, you find yourself knowing almost everyone at university, since they are very friendly and welcoming to everyone. However, course units will change so often that groups of students will never stay together long enough to have the same close friendships that you had at school.

I went to a Christian school and so was always surrounded by religious students with the same belief as me, so I was a little nervous to see all these students with different faiths at university and even felt a bit lost. However, I soon found out about the Christian Union, which is a society in which many Christian students meet up every week to discuss their faith and to arrange events to teach non-Christians about our faith. I was excited to find friends that shared the same beliefs and faith as me.

Some things, no matter if school or university, will never change, such as bad canteen food, friendships and, hopefully, the unity of Christians.