The Inside Column 18/3

Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 19, 2018 No Comments

Hi and good morning. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcome. Feel free to stay after the service for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

Introducing our Youth Leader…

My name is Georgia Allen, I’m 21 and I’m super excited to be taking on the role of Youth Worker here at St Barnabas!

I grew up in Australia in a Christian family, with my Dad as the Pastor of our local Baptist Church. I started in Youth ministry when I was 17 and also lead a small Bible study for young girls aged 9-13. So ministry has been a big part of my life.

After graduating from school in 2014 I moved to Wee Jasper NSW, where I did an internship at a Christian campsite called Mountain Trails Adventure School. This camp had 9000 acres of land with loads of trails through the bush that we explored whilst hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking and horse riding. Other activities there included high and low ropes, archery, whip-cracking, rock climbing, caving, canoeing and more. I learnt to run these activities, and also did a lot of cabin leading, camp speaking (gospel talks) etc.

After completing a 12 month internship there, I worked there for another 8 months before accepting a job at Bridge Valley Adventure Centre in Wakefield, NZ, and worked there from September 2016 – May 2017.

In June 2017 I flew to Canada to live and work at a Christian campsite there called Birch Bay Ranch where I spent most of my time horse riding (which I am missing terribly!) or up the 20-25 metre high ropes course! In October I flew back to NZ (via a quick mission trip in Thailand) and worked back at Bridge Valley until Christmas. In February I was made aware that St Barnabas Church was looking for a youth worker – I was keen for a break from camping, and happened to be looking for a youth work job! The rest is history.

I am currently working 10 hours/week as the Youth Leader for St Barnabas, 10 hours per week doing 24/7 youth work at Waimea College, and 20 hours/week doing a Bachelor of Theology by distance, through Ridley Theological College in Melbourne.

My favourite things include beach walks, dogs (esp golden Labradors), chocolate, horse riding, caving, climbing, soccer, music, playing guitar and singing.

In Youth Group his year I want to focus on getting to know each of the youth on a personal level, creating a team atmosphere where each teen feels supported by their fellow youths and church family, and especially to help them to grow deeper in their relationship with God.

Ways that you will see these things implemented will be:

  • On a larger scale: events such as camps or combined youth group hangouts with the other local youth groups in Nelson area.
  • On a medium scale: Hangouts just within our group such as youth group every Sunday morning, or boys nights/ girls night, lunch at Isle Park etc.
  • And on a small scale: One on one mentoring (I will only meet one on one with girls, this will look a little different for the boys).

Thank you for warmly welcoming me into your church family!



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