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Young People and Scripture

The Countess Free Church, Ely, doesn't believe in simply ‘passing on’ our faith to their young people. Instead, they would prefer youths come to faith in Jesus for themselves, discovering they can know and follow Jesus directly!

So rather than just giving instruction on Christian belief (such as what certain passages in the Bible mean and so on), they would rather give them the tools so that they can start working it through for themselves.

This means encouraging them to have a go in aspects of leadership, and to form their own peer led Bible studies. Such occasions are not about one person having all the answers to give out to the others, but each person wrestling and working it through with each other in a group context.

Of course some input from the older and wiser is added into the mix, and the group as a whole are called to be accountable to the wider church. Yet the peer led approach leads to a richer process of discovery, laying the groundwork for deeper discipleship habits hopefully for years to come.

The young people’s peer led Bible study group sessions are part of the overall youth portfolio: the youth work aspect of Countess Free Church.

During the Lockdown period The Countess Free Church has Livestreams of their whole church zoom gatherings, which occur roughly fortnightly on YouTube at Countess Free Church. They also create weekly messages that are available via their podcasts; to access these, go to their website: www.countessely.co.uk