«It can happen, it happens, but it mustn’t happen». A serious theme is being covered today, and in the hall, 120 course participants are listening attentively. These are representatives from BCC’s various churches, and they are about to learn more about how a local church can contribute to preventing violence, transboundary behavior and sexual harassment of children and young people.
Tonight, the gathering starts with a quick search on Google being shown on the big screen in the meeting hall. What comes up when you search for “ «Shepherd Ministry »? A couple of clicks – and the first two hits are from the book «Shepherd and Prophet » by Kåre J. Smith. But what actually is a «Shepherd Ministry»?
The team behind Easter Camp 2017 are really getting going with preparation of the welcome to more than 3000 participants, prior to the spring’s great youth event starting up on Saturday.
There is a buzz of voices at Brunstad Bible School’s teaching facility, while over 200 young people stream in through the doors. For the first time, teaching will be broadcast via streaming, so it’s not good form to come late.
Over the course of many years, young people who have participated in BCC’s youth program, YEP, have been given the option of attending courses in languages, culture and Bible knowledge. To fortify these options BCC has created a Bible college with a comprehensive syllabus and set weekly curriculum.
The two enthusiasts Alicia Skutle and Benedikte Reiersrud are standing in front of an enthusiastic crowd of around 170 young people. The program for the evening is hectic and participation is intense.
“O little one, be welcome here!” The atmosphere in the hall is solemn as this year’s newcomers are brought up in front of the church by their proud parents.
BCC has recently received a number of communications from Norwegian and foreign newspapers, where the question is asked about our view in regard to voluntariness and child labour, and how these are dealt with in BCC.
Assault and transboundary behavior is unfortunately a topical issue both in religious circles and society in general. Information and focus upon the subject of assault and transboundary behavior is important in any substantial child and youth work.
BCC has great focus on the work with children and youth. In most of our local churches Sunday School is held for children every Sunday. This entails much voluntary effort by many enthusiastic coworkers.