Young people are a very important part of the West Church family.
The young people join us for "All Together Now" time at the beginning of each service, after which they head off to their own time in Junior Church. The exception is on the first Sunday of each month when the whole service is Worship for the Family
Junior Church is split into two groups - Explorers and Quest and the emphasis is on building relationships with the young people and discovering what Christian discipleship means for them.
The Christian teaching for the whole congregation is based on the worship material Roots. This means that the whole family is exploring the same readings and theme each Sunday, giving the opportunity for the theme to be carried into the home after Sunday Worship.
Young people are often involved in leading parts of our worship. On the last Sunday of the month they join the congregation at the end of the service as they "feed back" what they have been doing in Junior Church, so the adults can see the subject from their perspective.
During the summer months worship is for all the family each week.
The most recent Junior Church project is aimed at raising money for the Pitscurry Project.
On Sunday 24th June 2018 the Junior Church ended its current project - raising funds for, and awareness of the Pitscurry Project, Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire. During the service the Junior Church presented a member of staff from Pitscurry with a cheque for £2200 from funds raised by the young people and the congregation through a variety of events including; a breakfast, yoga session and BBQ.
The Pitscurry site is a community gardening project that provides new opportunities and work experience for adults with disabilities in the Garioch area of Aberdeenshire. Work at the site is based on organic principles and the project is committed to the production and use of renewable energy. The gardens have many surprises in store for visitors with sculptures created by local artists and service users.
The money will be used to supply sensory equipment for the grounds at Pitscurry.