I'm Jacob, one of the founders of Youth Ministry in Communion and proudly serve as the project lead. Youth work has been part of my identity since I was a young person helping lead youth work as a young leader. I have a BA (hons) in Theology and Youth Ministry and also work as a part of the Diocese of London's Children & Youth Team.
Below, I share the story of YMIC from my own experience and in my own words.
It's 2020. Covid is changing the world. George Floyd's death sparks worldwide outrage. The climate crisis worsens. The mental health of young people continues to go unsupported by so many...
In the midst of all of this, two Parish Priests and a Youth Worker sit down to dream about a thriving youth ministry where young people throughout communities are welcomed, loved and empowered. But, there's one problem: we don't think that it can be achieved alone. You see, I'm the youth worker; Lesley and Anne are the two priests and we know too well the reality of church youth work, especially in the catholic spectrums of the church traditions. Youth work is never easy, but that statement is still far from hitting the mark when referring to what can seem like an impossible task: effective youth ministry in the sacramental tradition.
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