Dear Richard

When we engage young people in full depth and breadth of our gathering you’ll be surprised how they want to encourage us.

The congregation at Terrigal I’m a part of is taking the bold move in re-starting our gathered worship times, and we’ve been working towards weekly live-streaming of our services. This is a development from the pre-recorded services we have been delivering so far.

As we’ve been barreling toward this goal nine year-old Helana sent a letter to our minister to encourage him to continue online services because she saw it as important of others within our community.

The full text of the letter reads:

Dear Richard

I would like to talk to you about some of my ideas for church.

The thing I would like to talk to you about is the online stream.

I believe, we should keep the online stream going after Covid-19 dies down here are my reasons.

Soo my first topic is about old-aged people.

The reasons why I say this is if an older person wakes up with a cramp but really badly wants to go to church? They can go to the live stream! Say if an old person doesn’t have enough strength to drive?


If you are feeling sick.

Here is another example; for those who are unwell live streaming gives them a chance to worship from home.

Here are a few more reasons.

* If have young kids
* Travelling
* Working
* Overseas
* Do not have a car
* Anxiety does not like big crowds

H&S, sincerely Helana.

As you and your congregation look at re-gathering for worship, are you asking your young people what they value from your times together – including the stuff you may have been doing online?

You might be surprised with the answer.

Molk is the Senior Field Officer (North), and responsible for young adult ministry as a part of the PULSE team.

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