Voortrekker Prefect weekend201Voortrekker Prefect leaders weekend away
 
“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:28

 
What a privilege it is for us as a church to actively embody the words of Jesus as we serve our community.
 
Christ Church started a relationship with Voortrekker High School a few years ago with the purpose of providing leadership training for their prefect group. Last year, as a faith community, we had the privilege of reentering that space.
 
The journey started in December 2018. We were able to put together a two day leadership seminar for the newly elected prefect body. The seminar consisted of both; input on how to grow as leaders as well as providing  practical tools to  build the team between the young leaders

At the end of the seminar there was a real sense that the group of young leaders have huge amounts of potential to grow into more than just “good prefects” and that with the right guidance and training they would have the ability to have a lasting impact on their school.

The prefect weekend away took place on the weekend of the 8th 9th and 10th of February 2019 at otters creek in Pringle Bay. A group of 14 prefects, consisting of 12 girls and 2 boys were present. Two of the teachers that are responsible for the group  went along as well. I lead the weekend with Dean George who is the youth pastor at St John’s church in Wynberg and who, like me, has a passion to see young people live out of their God given potential.

What we had set out to do was far exceeded by what God was already doing in and among this group (most of them not being aware that it was God, majority of the group were unchurched and muslim students)

The last session of the Saturday evening was used as a reflection space, allowing the young people to reflect on everything they’ve learnt throughout the day and to think of practical ways in which they would now live this out. Listening to their reflections and thoughts, it was clear that these teens were fully engaged in learning, and they all had a deep desire to become better leaders.

The Sunday morning before we left to head home, we provided a space for the young leaders to affirm one another. Listening to their affirmations of one another made it clear that this group had grown beyond being just a bunch of random teens called to lead, but they’ve developed into a team, a group of friends that are ready to comfort, support and challenge one another.

It has been a huge privilege to serve the school in this way, I’m thankful to Christ Church for seeing the need in the community and choosing to invest in the lives of these young people. The Kingdom of God is birthing in the hearts of the prefects at Voortrekker, and I’m grateful that we get to share in what God is doing.In years to come we will reap the harvest of hearing the stories of the amazing people these young people have become.

Keenan Farquhar 


 

Taryn Galloway, 14/02/2019

 

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Service Times: Sunday Worship  8.00am, 10.00am & 6.30pm  |  Wednesday Service: 10am   | Tuesday Quiet Service: 6.30pm (fortnightly)

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