Welcome to the Youth Lounge online! Here you’ll find information about the activities that St Matthew’s offers for young people aged 10-18.
What’s it all about?
If you’re aged 10-18, this is the place to be. We’re a friendly group who like to have fun and socialise while looking at the big questions: what does it mean to have faith? Who is God and how can we know Him? Our many activities include eating, chatting, creating works of art, reading the Bible, and watching movies: come and join us! We’d love to see you on a Sunday morning. To view the plan of activities for this term see Sunday Sessions.
What do we do?
As well as meeting regularly on a Sunday morning, in the last few years we’ve organised a host of activities:
* A portrait photography project when we explored the way we represent ourselves
* A music project where we produced a festive video that was shown on Christmas Day (see below)
* An animation project that saw us create two ‘stop motion’ films
* A photography project and exhibition (see also below)
* Annual ‘away days’
* Summer BBQs, Pancake Parties and Christmas socials
* A weekend away at Bainsbury House
* Two weeks of football coaching at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex (2011-16), with a celebration and presentation evening at the end.
* Three Youth Services, exploring the ideas of ‘Knowing God’, ‘Seeing God’, and living a ‘fruitful life’.
* Designing and making a canvas, which was unveiled in the second Youth Service.
* Designing a pair of banners to be hung in the church porch, based on a prayer-poem we composed as a group.
Whose Image? Portrait Photography Project
We recently finished another creative project, which used photography as a tool to explore the question: ‘what makes me who I am?’ To begin with, we considered the things that influence our view of ourselves and how others, including God, see us. We then set up a ‘pop up’ portrait studio in the Youth Lounge and created photographic portraits of ourselves. These sessions were intended to be the opposite of a traditional ‘photo shoot’: rather than focusing on our outward appearances we wanted to create photos that communicated our hopes, interests and personalities.
Music video ‘The Best Gift’ Screened on Christmas Day
During the autumn term 2014, the young people of St Matthew’s undertook a short creative project that explored why people write and sing hymns and worship songs – and what these songs can tell us about God. Over a three-week period, the group worked together to make a music video: they chose two Christmas songs and developed and filmed a visual story to complement the music.
Their short film ‘The Best Gift of Christmas’ invites us to question what lies behind the celebrations, the food and the parties: what is the true meaning of Christmas? Could there be a present that everyone can enjoy?
Information for Parents & Guardians
Young people make an invaluable contribution to the life, growth and spirit of the church and it is important to our Youth Team that the young people are given opportunities to engage in all areas of life at St Matthews. All leaders are checked and trained according the the St Matthew’s Safeguarding policy.