Recently, a new season for ice hockey players was kicked off, and nearly five hundred young people from all over the east part of Norway gathered to a banquet in Tønsberg.
Each year BCC carries out a comprehensive work for children and youth. We joined a gathering in BCC’s local church in Oslo Follo, where over 200 young people aged between 17 and 36 met together to prepare themselves for the season ahead.
«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.
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.
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.
The end of the series was marked by a match day at the Stokke pitches for all the football players in the Oslofjord League, combined with a tremendous football banquet in the evening.
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.