Young Christians start Yarmouth Youth Cafe
Two Christian teenagers have been empowered by East Norfolk Youth for Christ to set up a youth café for young people in Great Yarmouth, starting this week in partnership with the Salvation Army and other local churches.
Last year Angel Beadle (left in photo) and Elizabeth Coldman (right), both aged 18, enrolled on Youth for Christ’s Mission Academy Norfolk with Unite (East Norfolk Youth for Christ).
The training programme, held over four weekends, aimed to give young people the practical tools to deliver missional projects, programmes or ideas, and encouraged them to put these skills into practice.
Angel and Elizabeth, who attend churches in Great Yarmouth, started by organising a sports day on the beach last summer, to coincide with a visit from Christian street dance group, Stance, to Great Yarmouth High School.
When thirty young people came along the two teenagers were so encouraged they began planning a weekly drop-in café which young people of high school age could visit on their way home from school.
Now, having met up with Lieutenant Ben Selfe from the Salvation Army in Great Yarmouth, Angel and Elizabeth's dream is about to come to fruition as the new youth cafe is launched on Wednesday May 8.
On Wednesday afternoons from 3.30pm - 5.00pm the Salvation Army Citadel in Yarmouth Way will be open to young people of secondary school age so they can pop in and have some social time in a safe and relaxed environment. The café will be staffed by volunteers from four different churches who will be seeking to build relationships with the young people of the town and show the love of Jesus in a practical way.
Elizabeth said: "We are really excited about our partnership with the Salvation Army team and hope this cafe will give the young people a safe place to chill out"
Angel commented: “It's amazing how everyone has pulled together to make our dreams a reality. I can't wait for the cafe to start, as I have high expectations of what God is going to do.”
Alison Roberts, Unite Trustee said: “As well as ‘Taking the Good News Relevantly to Every Young Person in East Norfolk’, the trustees and staff at Unite have always been passionate about empowering and equipping young leaders to grow in their faith and in their ministries. So we are delighted with the way in which these two young leaders, Angel and Elizabeth have responded, after they had enrolled on a Mission Academy (Norfolk) course with other YFC centres in the county last year.”
For any further information please contact Alison Roberts at East Norfolk Youth for Christ 07733 143660.