Youth Challenge promotes the living out of the Christian faith. Each fortnight the 2.5 hour programme for 12-18 year olds (secondary school age) includes discussion, games, singing, prayer, Bible teaching and food. Youth Challenge is non-denominational… we welcome youth from all backgrounds as we believe that God loves all people and wants all to grow in faith.
Youth Challenge is held in our home as it is a neutral, informal, and enjoyable setting. Often at the end of summer camps the young people are sad to leave behind the friendships and fellowship they have enjoyed - Youth Challenge is a great way for the fun and experiences of Inters and Teens camp to continue through the year.
Over the years Youth Challenge has had on average 20 youth attending every fortnight. Recently the numbers have increased to 30-40 as we have tailored the focus on two age groups - Junior Youth Challenge for 1st to 2nd/3rd Years, and Senior Youth Challenge for 4th to 6th Years. Youth Challenge hopes to equip the youth for their futures with the sure hope and knowledge of God's eternal love in their lives, with a foundation that prepares them for any challenges they may face. We allow them to express themselves through music, singing, games, activities and occasional outings over the year, and a channel for leadership in camps that we run. We have a series of Bible teaching through the year that strengthens their faith and helps to answer practical life questions.
We offer leadership training with CEF at the beginning of the summer for those who desire to teach and encourage youth in church and at camps we run. This begins at 14yrs old – there is no upper age for training.
What usually happens at Youth Challenge? – 8pm – arrive and chat, play board games, group games, 8:45 pm sing contemporary worship music (the youth can bring their instruments to play if they wish) 9 pm Bible Teaching relevant for the young people, 9:45 pm Supper, 10:30 pm Home time.
What's the Cost? - Youth Challenge is free of charge. Donations towards the food and equipment and outings are welcome but in no way compulsory… we are happy to serve and encourage, knowing that God will provide. If you would like to give a regular contribution then we would suggest €1 - a box for donations will be available, thanks.
Youth Challenge is at Helen & Brian's house: Grange East, Knocknarea, Co. Sligo. F91 W5Y8
The house is on the way to Knocknarea car park, from Sligo town. When driving from Sligo, past the Showgrounds, continue past St. Marys GAA club for 1.8 miles and the house is at the crossroads, on the left.
Alternatively travel on the Strandhill Road towards Strandhill, and take the left turn marked for the Queen Medb’s Golf Academy. Proceed to the 2nd crossroads and the house is after the crossroads by 50m, turning right to enter the driveway.
The Calendar & Permission Form for 2017/2018 season is here.
The 19th May outing permission form is here