Our work is based on the belief that all young people are created equal and deserving of equal opportunity and care. We are part of the church and express our faith by embodying that care, meeting the wide-ranging needs of the young people in our community and giving them the opportunity to hear and respond to the transformative message of the Bible.
We organise and run a range of awesome groups and projects with the aim of nurturing, encouraging, growing, enabling and serving a new generation.
Click the links below to find out more about each area of our work.
Alive & Kicking
Alive and Kicking (otherwise known as AK) is a weekly open-access youth group for all local young people aged 11-18, no matter what their beliefs or background. As part of the Church in Kinver, the group is run with a Christian ethos and the packed programme includes innovative Biblical teaching, plus chance for young people to explore their relationship with God. The group is a lively, fun-filled, supportive community, giving young people a place to be themselves and have a laugh with friends in a relaxed environment. As well as the weekly fun and games, social trips to laser quest, climbing, zorbing etc. are also regular features of each term’s programme.
Who? – Ages 11-18 years
When? – Sunday, 7-9pm
Where? – St Peter’s Church Hall, Vicarage Drive, Kinver, DY7 6HX
J Team is a Christian after-school club for anyone aged 7-11 which provides a place for young people to have fun with friends and explore what it means to get to know God. J Team meets at Kinver Methodist Church after school on the second to fifth Friday of every half term. It’s a chance to share food and learn a little about God’s love each session, through art, cooking, dance, drama, quizzes and lots of games!
Who? – Ages 7-11 years
When? – Friday after school, 3.30-4.45pm*
Where? – Kinver Methodist Church, DY7 6BU
(*the second to fifth Friday of every half term)
We believe that life is best when we have the support of great relationships and that our best relationships are formed when we live life alongside each other. So, just like Jesus did, we love to meet regularly with each other, share food, discuss the good and bad of life, and encourage each other to grow.
We currently have life groups for:
14-18 years – Tuesdays, 7-9pm (fortnightly), contact Jon for details on venue
Running – Starting from Kinver Methodist, Thursdays, 4-5.30pm
AD33 is passionate about serving and engaging with young people in our area, creating opportunities for them to grow and promoting equality and equity. To help us do this, we have partnered with Kinver High School and youth charity XLP to provide a mentoring programme for young people who are struggling in life with issues such as parental divorce, bereavement, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, low academic attainment, and many others.
By meeting up with a young person outside of school each week for a minimum of 12 months, our mentors have an opportunity to be consistent and persistent role models who will have a positive and lasting impact upon their lives and futures.
For more information on the mentoring programme and the work of London-based charity XLP, click here.
For everyone at Kinver High school, we put on a chilled lunchtime club, every Wednesday, to go and relax in, have fun with games, and discuss any life issues that are going on and how God affects them. Everyone is guaranteed a great welcome, so come and join us!
Who? – Pupils at Kinver High School
When? – Wednesday, 12.30-1.20pm
Where? – Room 6, Kinver High School
We have three qualified teachers on the team, plus a load of very experienced and enthusiastic volunteers who love to use their knowledge and skills to challenge young people in new ways. We are blessed to have fantastic links with our local schools and are often invited to lead lessons or activity days to help enhance the curriculum and allow pupils to engage with important views and issues in new ways. If you’re from a school in the local area and would like us to get involved in what you’re doing, please get in touch!
We are regularly invited to share and explore ideas with pupils in school assemblies, allowing us the opportunity to engage with new groups of young people on a larger scale. We love to find innovative and exciting ways to challenge young people and have a lot of fun in the process. If you’re part of a local school and would like us to come and lead an assembly at your school, please get in touch!
A new venture which will be coming soon…
Every year we organise an event for all the young people involved in AD33 between the ages 11 to 18. Jesus said that he came to give us life to the full, so our weekend away is packed full of joy and fun, with adventure activities, inspiring teaching, and time to hang out with mates, allowing all to discover more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus. For more info on this year’s AKWA, contact us.
This year we’ve also teamed up with our local Methodist Circuit to organise a weekend away for 7-11 year olds! The weekend is packed full of adventure activities and age appropriate workshops and teaching, all aiming to illuminate the young people’s lives with the love of God and encourage them to explore their own identity. For more info on the next Illuminate, contact us via email.
Every summer we gather with thousands of young Christians from across the country at Soul Survivor in Stafford to worship God, learn what it means to live for Jesus in every area of our lives, to pray for one another, and to have loads of fun! It’s five days of camping, incredible main meetings, seminars and an awesome mixture of music, sports and pop-up events. Get in touch for more info.
Our work is rooted in the desire to live out our faith and the teachings of the gospel by investing in the young people of our community, promoting their wellbeing, enabling them to grow, develop resilience and be equipped to make successful life decisions. We do this through offering support, guidance and, when necessary, signposting young people and their families to appropriate support agencies.
We offer pastoral support to young people via pre-arranged one-to-one meetings, in small groups and during a pastoral session at Kinver High School every Tuesday lunchtime, when our Youth Pastor, Jon Pedley, is available to chat to and offer support.
The Youth Alpha course is an opportunity for any young person to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, non-threatening way over ten thought-provoking sessions. It’s low key, friendly and fun, plus there’s always food! We plan to run another Youth Alpha series after Easter, so watch this space for more info.
Training, Teaching & Supporting
As a group and as individuals, we never stop learning and we’re eager to extend our understanding and skills to ensure that we are the best youth workers we can be. Occasionally we are called upon to share our own knowledge with others who have a desire to develop their own work with young people. This enables us to inspire and equip and build a community of practice which can work critically to cultivate one another’s work.
As well as informal training, we’re regularly asked to speak at events, groups and services. If you’d like us to come and share at a service or event, or meet together to support your own youth work, please get in touch.