ENGLAND: Two “Radical Discipleship” Programs Reach Young Adults
COME AND SEE: A London Live team member invites a woman on Oxford Street in London to attend a community outreach event.
Two Hundred Attend First London Live Event
An idea that started with a few friends sitting together at lunch eventually developed into an innovative community outreach program called London Live.
London Live was kick-started with a program held in a central London café that featured praise music, spiritual drama, and a motivational message by local Adventist pastor Eddie Hypolite, who challenged the 200 attendees from throughout London to make a commitment to “things that matter” and wage a “war on indifference.” Program organizers reported that several people made life-changing decisions as a result of the event.
For more information, go to www.mylondonlive.com.
TUNING IN: The simple, basic methods used by CAYA to teach the gospel message are capturing the attention of young adults.
A New Way to “Do Church”
“Come as You Are,” or CAYA, is a nontraditional way to “do church” developed at Stanborough School, a 200-student Adventist boarding academy in Herts. The program was developed for students who have little church background. CAYA strives to present the gospel message in simple, basic ways through programs such as dramatic monologues, sketches, and group activities. The mission is to help young adults learn to apply gospel principles to their daily lives.
Although adults are currently involved in leading out in the program, plans are being formulated to allow young adults to eventually take over total leadership responsibility—making it a church for teens by teens.
Even though CAYA is still in the experimental stage, church and school leaders say the results so far have been very positive.
—British Union Conference/AR.