"As a youth project, we want to help and support parents as they bring up teenagers in whatever way we can."
'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children...' (Deuteronomy 6:5-7a)
This passage from Deuteronomy makes it clear that every Church has a sacred obligation to raise and nurture the children and young people God has entrusted to it and those that live in its community. Hilton Youth Project holds to this obligation.
Nonetheless, we recognise that, in most cases, we see young people far less than their parents do and that, ultimately, it is a loss to the whole church and community if parents cannot or do not play the central role as beacons of hope and models of faith.
Family is the place where you learn your values, the stuff you believe in and the things you're going to commit to. In fact, studies show that young people will copy what their parents model when it comes to faith and commitment (c.f. the National Study of Youth and Religion).
So, as a youth project, we want to help and support parents as they bring up teenagers in whatever way we can. We plan to run the Relationship Central Parenting Teenagers Course and the Care for the Family Drug Proof Your Kids course. We'll suggest reading material that we think might be helpful from time to time too.
At the same time, we know there's also some practical stuff you need to know to make sure your children are organised. So you'll find kit lists for trips and weekends away here, details of where they need to be and when, and a downloadable consent form.