YPF

Crossfya Mission

Last week FBC brought a band called CrossFya from Manchester for a Mission Week at Court Moor school. CrossFya are part of a charity called Make Jesus Known and they use a combination of rap music, testimony and sharing the Gospel in a relevant and exciting way, especially for young people who have never been to church. 

The band started each day with Assembly for different year groups - some of the teachers were as excited as the students and showed off some of their own moves! CrossFya, which consists of Tim, Josh, Rafael and Nana spent the rest of the days with Amy, our youth pastor, taking RE lessons unashamedly sharing the gospel in line with the current topics being covered in the curriculum. 

We have received fantastic feedback from the students - one parent said her two children were so enthusiastic about their lessons, she wished she could have spoken to CrossFya herself!

The teachers said that the students were engaged, excited, happy, awe struck, reflective, curious and more open! The head teacher said he noticed a difference in the atmosphere and that the students were energised. Relationships were formed quickly and Rafael was thrilled at how deep they went with their questions and discussions - they all said that Court Moor was the best school in the country they have been to in terms of friendliness. 

CrossFya gave their testimonies at YPF on Tuesday and it was lovely to have them with us at Cafe church on Thursday evening, where Tim gave his testimony.

At the end of the week the band put on a celebration gig at the school and 100 children said yes to Jesus! 

Praise God for opening the door for this mission and we thank him for his amazing favour through the whole week. 

Thanks to everyone for your prayers and please keep praying, especially for Amy and the FACCTS team who will continue to disciple the students and nurture the seeds that have been sown by God through CrossFya. 

- Alex Strowger


YPF and my Personal Faith

The vision of YPF is to empower young people in their relationship with Jesus and to create an awesome environment where everyone feels welcomed and accepted for who they are. It has been a huge encouragement to me personally in my journey with the Lord!

From the first time I came to the youth group at 14 years old, I have been amazed at how God can use young people and those who lead YPF to demonstrate the reality of His vast love for us. Our youth pastor, Amy, has an incredible gift of being able to get alongside every young person to nurture and enable them to both receive more from God in worship and make a difference in their schools and colleges. Her passion for mission is contagious!

I was not brought up going to church, so for me, this ministry has been such a blessing because it has revealed to me that a personal relationship with God is what Christianity is all about; a completely new concept to me at 14. When I started to go to YPF I was broken and was looking for answers in my life. Little did I know that God was setting me up for an encounter with Him through the people who were to support me in this journey I was just beginning.

Now, I am 18 years old with a passion to serve God as I know the price He has paid for me. That’s what YPF is amazing at: taking young people with a lack of identity and leading them into the embrace of our heavenly Father. Tuesday evenings with young people who share your same love for God is certainly a highlight of the week for me. I would describe my faith as a well-fuelled flame and I’m thankful that YPF has been a big part to play in this. I am so blessed to be involved in what God is doing in the young people of Fleet Baptist Church. It is truly amazing to be part of a youth group where you are constantly strengthened by those around you; as the Bible says in Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Thank you Lord for YPF!

- Tom Hume

 

You can find out more about YPF here.

YPF Weekend Away

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YPF, our youth group for 13-18s, went away last weekend for our annual YPF weekend away. These times away always prove to be an exciting an important time, and this trip was no different. We left on Friday afternoon for the Isle of Wight, excited to see what God was going to do in the next couple days.

During our time at Westbrook Centre, we studied the book of James, got to know one another better, did some team building, spent time worshipping, prayed for one another, soaked in God’s presence and just generally had an awesome time.

Right from the first night, which was spent in worship, you could sense God’s hand on the weekend. By the end of the weekend, the group had bonded closely with one another building new friendships. More still, many had been prayed for and received an infilling of the Holy Spirit. Some felt prompted to step out more, and began right away by praying for their friends whilst others shared pictures and words with one another. One young person gave their life to the Lord.

All in all, we had an amazing weekend. God was at work amongst us and we are excited to see what He is going to do in YPF next!

- Amy