We all have heard the popular quote “The church is one generation away from extinction”. If the statement is true, churches ought to take their commitment to ministry to the youth seriously. If the youth today are the church of tomorrow, they need to be a priority in the church today. What we will find is that the church that takes care of their youth today, and values them, will be rewarded today and in the future.
A prevailing notion today is that youth are not interested in church or in God. No doubt there is a majority who do not give church or God a second thought. But there are those whose hearts God is drawing to himself. They have begun to understand that all that glitters is not gold. Many things in this world offer pleasure and escape but only One offers truth with which they can build their lives on.
Often God used people of young ages in the Bible to carry out His will. Mary, mother of our Lord, was but a teenager when she conceived. David was only a young man when he became a giant slayer. Samuel the prophet was only a young boy when God called him to minister in the Tabernacle. In the same way, God is working in the hearts of St. Peter’s youth today.
We, at St. Peter’s take every effort to make sure we create an environment which welcomes youth, and encourage them to live a spiritual life. Our church does not live and act like it is one generation away from extinction. We strongly believe that our youth are critical to our future and that they are ready to carry the torch.