Our Youth Service turns 21!

Our Youth Church had its first service at 5.30pm on Sunday 20th August 1995. Back then the inside of the church faced the opposite way. Our evening service was called “Sunday Night Celebration” and so we called the new youth service “Sunday Night Live”. Later this was contracted to SNL. Only a month ago we re-named the service “Youth Church”.

There have also been changes in starting time. In 2003 a third service was added to the evening program and SNL was relocated to a 4.30pm starting time. Some may recall the date of that change was the 4th May. This year we have had another time change with the service now starting at 4pm.

SNAC (Sunday Night After Church) began at the same time in 1995 and has retained it’s name throughout the 21 years. This is where we feed those who have come along to church. In the early days Linda Greenwood headed up a team of parents who prepared a range of meal options to choose from each week. The team is now headed up by Dale Hancock and we have themed nights with a selection of two main dishes each week. On average, we have served about 65 meals a night during term time.

Sunday Night Live was the first service to have regular preaching from the lectern at the front of the platform rather than from the big wooden pulpit. The service also introduced regular video clips, dramas, Bible quizzes, interactive challenges and medal presentations from the monthly table tennis, putt putt and slot car competitions that would be run during SNAC.

Our Youth Church continues to be a vibrant gathering for high school students. Though we have changed the name, the time and the look of the service, the preaching of God’s word has always remained central to our gathering. The Bible teaching has been extensive, with just about every book of the Bible having been preached from at some point. Our youth church has also been the nursery for new preachers with many “cutting their teeth” at the service.

We cannot measure the full impact that has been made on generations of young people who have been a part of the service over the years. Many high school students have come to know the Lord, Jesus Christ at the service and grown in their understanding of how to be a disciple of Him. A number have taken up the opportunity to return as leaders of the youth that have come after them and some have gone on to further training and now serve in churches around Sydney, and beyond. This is cause for thanksgiving to God and His work in the young people at Jannali through Sunday Night Live, SNL and Youth Church.

So, if you have ever prayed for, served in, or been a part of Sunday Night Live, SNL or Youth Church, we’d love you to join us this Sunday, 21st August, as we celebrate and give thanks for 21 years of ministry to high school students through our youth service!

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