This December, Taunton Youth for Christ alongside youth leaders from churches in the Taunton area hosted their first ‘live stream’ online youth event called Cosy Covid Christmas.
The team launched their Living Out Loud events in 2019 with the aim of bringing together youth groups across the Taunton area and inviting secondary school students to join in too.
After February’s event which saw 150 young people gather, COVID-19 brought things to a halt; and whilst much of Taunton Youth for Christ’s relational youth work has been able to continue during the restrictions, larger gatherings of young people have not been possible.
Not deterred by the limitations of the physical, the team decided to go online for a Christmas special putting out invitations to church youth groups across the area as well as the young people they have maintained contact with during the year.
Cosy Covid Christmas went live on Friday 11 December on Youtube and Facebook , and the stats for both platforms show that around 200 people tuned in on the night. The 45-minute programme was presented live with pre-recorded skits featuring local youth workers, competitions, challenges, re-worked versions of well-known carols and a Christmas message from Chaplain Patrick Weld (dressed as Elf from the movie of the same name!)
Since the livestream ended it has reached over 2,000 people on Facebook with several hundred catching up later.
Sam Burton, a Trustee at Taunton Youth for Christ and one of the hosts on the night said, ‘We had a mix from churches and the local community and it was awesome to bring 45 minutes of fun, joy and message about Jesus.’
‘I’m so thankful for the band, creatives and youth leaders across Taunton Deane and Somerset who helped contribute and promote this event. We’re continuing to pray for an awesome harvest for the glory of God across this region.’
Taunton Youth for Christ celebrate their 20th year this year and continue to impact the lives of hundreds of young people through their chaplaincy and mentoring in secondary schools, and weekly detached work in parks and council estates. They also run a town centre youth club and support local church youth programmes. All of their work is only possible with the support of churches and individuals, and with an ever growing demand the team are praying for an increase in provision for a youth bus or van.
Go Team Adviser Andy Levett commented, ‘It’s been fantastic to see how Taunton Youth for Christ have been able to continue supporting young people in Taunton during this challenging year. We value the opportunity to work with them in reaching an age group often missing from our churches.’
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‘It was awesome to bring 45 minutes of fun, joy and message about Jesus.’