Riverside Church Exeter


Youth

It is our aim that every young person is given the opportunity to learn about God, to explore and develop their faith, and to put this faith into practice in a way that enables them to grow in relationship with Jesus. We try to build strong relationships with all the young people we work with, and to help them develop into their full potential as individuals, within the church, and in their relationship with God.

Fusion (Sunday, 11am, Y7-9) provides the opportunity to switch the main preach for a more active exploration of the bible. Fusion allows space for young people to strengthen their relationships with each other, and to engage with the bible in a format that encourages questions and interaction.

LifeGroup (Tuesday, 6pm, Y12-13) grows out of Deeper, but comes more in line with the wider pattern of life groups across the church. LifeGroup also serves a social role, and we aim for a mix of fun, friendship and study.

Homework Club (Wednesday, 3:30pm, Y7+) is open to students from every school in the city. It provides a place for supported study, and a connection between the end of the school day and our Deeper group, with some young people choosing to spend the whole evening at the church (except when they visit KFC).

Praise Dance (Wednesday, 4:30pm, Y7+) runs alongside Homework Club. It’s a chance to learn a few new moves, challenge yourself and develop your skills individually and as part of a group. Everyone’s welcome from expert to absolute beginner.

Deeper (Wednesday, 6:30pm, Y7-11) enables the young people to study the bible in depth, to spend time in prayer and to explore how the Christian faith can be lived out every day. Deeper also provides the basis for our Sleeper events – these work both as fun social events, and as time to examine a single theme or issue in even greater depth than usual.

Xplode (Friday, 6:30pm, Y7+) is our youth band, as well as acting as a training ground for those young people looking to serve within the Sunday worship bands (as several have gone on to do).

X:celerate (Friday, 7:30pm, Y7+) is our largest project. Each week we run a different main activity (sports, movies, problem solving challenges, quizzes, cooking, art…), bracketed with time to chill out and build relationships, both between the young people themselves, and with the leaders. x:celerate attracts young people from all stages of the faith journey, which provides an opportunity for those early in the journey to see how others live out their faith in practice.