From Dusk 'Til Dawn – Youth Evangelism in Action

It was a good night – 17 young people came together to watch movies, eat massive amounts of food, play on the big screen Wii and share a good time. Most couldn’t last the whole night, although some managed.

Thanks to the support of Steven and Chris, Emma and Lou we watched 5 films in all:

  1. Finding Nemo
  2. The Matrix
  3. Groundhog Day
  4. Chocolat
  5. Slumdog Millionaire

We were grateful for the contributions from Basil, Dave, Alison & Tony and Julie who provided a vast quantity of delicious food.

It was not outright or outrageous evangelism. We did not seek to thrust Jesus down their throats, and it was very much the desire of the Sundays group to provide an engagement without that sickly kind of forced-evangelism that makes most youthwork look a bit silly, really. It was, perhaps, a little more subtle than that.

It was interesting to note that although the YEF was conceived as evangelism by young people for young people, they did not have the time (A Levels and GCSEs loom) to really organise it, and they looked to adults to make their vision happen. It can’t really work in the organic way the YEF envision it when young people have to do the leg work themselves.

Did they leave with souls saved? Probably not. I apologise to those who only expect these things to be spun as outrageous success, but this was not intended to make little Christians. It was aimed at pointing towards something greater, to share stories and to begin a journey of faith which might well take these young people a lifetime to complete. God is the missioner, we are his tools.

A thoroughly good time was had by all. God be praised! It was worth going without sleep. Pray that it will spark something in the hearts of these young people.

(no pictures because of consent issues, sorry – you’ll just have to imagine beanbags, big screen and a thick coating of popcorn on the Nave floor!)