The Project has a home and an overseas emphasis.

The home focus is to support the vision that the Derry and Donegal Presbytery has to work with students in the Strand Road area of Londonderry. The Presbytery has a real desire to see a Presbyterian witness established within the University area of the city. The former Strand Road congregation closed in 2010 and the building, although used by some for various activities, has mainly been empty since then. Recently a small group called "Deep" has been meeting on a Sunday evening and is connecting with some students in the area. The vision is to see the old Strand Road building re-opened and used to service the student population by providing lunches, music opportunities, small groups and more.

There are three main parts to the Strand Road building. The first is a large church hall with a small room above – this has been used by "Deep". The second is the church sanctuary, which has been used for some musical evenings. The third space is the old schoolhouse, which has had some renovation but needs more work. This part of the building would also be ideal for use for student lunches, small groups and small events, having disabled access and a door onto the street at Strand Road.

There are about 25,000 part-time and full-time students based on the Strand Road in Londonderry. This offers huge potential to reach students and to bring a Presbyterian presence back to this part of the city.

The Project would help to fund the work on the building to allow this vision to be fulfilled, along with funds promised from the Presbytery. The desire is to see home and overseas students reached with the Gospel and ministered to within the heart of the city. We want to Change our world in this small location in a way that will make a massive difference to many people.

The overseas aspect this year focuses on the work of International Justice Mission (IJM) and the work that they do in Africa, particularly in Uganda and Ghana. IJM tackles issues of violence against people in poor communities, such as slavery, sexual exploitation and property grabbing.

The Project focuses on two stories. The first is of Grace and her children, victims of land grabbing in Uganda. Grace's husband died leaving her with five children and a small piece of land, but the situation deteriorated when her brother-in-law evicted them, leaving them without a home and very little to eat. Losing hope, Grace contacted IJM who helped to build a case proving Grace and her children had been wronged. IJM ensured that the land and house will be passed on to Grace's children.

The second story is of boys being held as slaves within the fishing industry on Lake Volta in Ghana. The boys must rise at 4am everyday; they don't go to school and never see their families. They don't get paid for their work and their lives are put at risk daily; moreover, some boys are as young as four-years-old. The main aim of IJM is to rescue these boys, and in March 2015 following their first rescue mission, 10 boys were saved. The Project aims to help IJM carry out more of these rescues.

These stories are of individuals but reflect the experience of many in these countries. IJM seeks to rescue and then represent these individuals and many like them, and to bring justice and restoration to their lives.

Micah 6:8 says: "The Lord has told you what is good...do what is right to other people, love being kind to others and live humbly, trusting your God." This is the memory verse for the Project this year and we want the children and young people of PCI to understand that this is their calling as Christians. We want the children and young people here to see that they can make a difference to others like Grace and her family and to the boys in Ghana.

Change our world – All Age Service Resource

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Change our world – Children's Resource

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Change our world – Youth Resource

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">The Project has a home and an overseas emphasis.

The home focus is to support the vision that the Derry and Donegal Presbytery has to work with students in the Strand Road area of Londonderry. The Presbytery has a real desire to see a Presbyterian witness established within the University area of the city. The former Strand Road congregation closed in 2010 and the building, although used by some for various activities, has mainly been empty since then. Recently a small group called "Deep" has been meeting on a Sunday evening and is connecting with some students in the area. The vision is to see the old Strand Road building re-opened and used to service the student population by providing lunches, music opportunities, small groups and more.

There are three main parts to the Strand Road building. The first is a large church hall with a small room above – this has been used by "Deep". The second is the church sanctuary, which has been used for some musical evenings. The third space is the old schoolhouse, which has had some renovation but needs more work. This part of the building would also be ideal for use for student lunches, small groups and small events, having disabled access and a door onto the street at Strand Road.

There are about 25,000 part-time and full-time students based on the Strand Road in Londonderry. This offers huge potential to reach students and to bring a Presbyterian presence back to this part of the city.

The Project would help to fund the work on the building to allow this vision to be fulfilled, along with funds promised from the Presbytery. The desire is to see home and overseas students reached with the Gospel and ministered to within the heart of the city. We want to Change our world in this small location in a way that will make a massive difference to many people.

The overseas aspect this year focuses on the work of International Justice Mission (IJM) and the work that they do in Africa, particularly in Uganda and Ghana. IJM tackles issues of violence against people in poor communities, such as slavery, sexual exploitation and property grabbing.

The Project focuses on two stories. The first is of Grace and her children, victims of land grabbing in Uganda. Grace's husband died leaving her with five children and a small piece of land, but the situation deteriorated when her brother-in-law evicted them, leaving them without a home and very little to eat. Losing hope, Grace contacted IJM who helped to build a case proving Grace and her children had been wronged. IJM ensured that the land and house will be passed on to Grace's children.

The second story is of boys being held as slaves within the fishing industry on Lake Volta in Ghana. The boys must rise at 4am everyday; they don't go to school and never see their families. They don't get paid for their work and their lives are put at risk daily; moreover, some boys are as young as four-years-old. The main aim of IJM is to rescue these boys, and in March 2015 following their first rescue mission, 10 boys were saved. The Project aims to help IJM carry out more of these rescues.

These stories are of individuals but reflect the experience of many in these countries. IJM seeks to rescue and then represent these individuals and many like them, and to bring justice and restoration to their lives.

Micah 6:8 says: "The Lord has told you what is good...do what is right to other people, love being kind to others and live humbly, trusting your God." This is the memory verse for the Project this year and we want the children and young people of PCI to understand that this is their calling as Christians. We want the children and young people here to see that they can make a difference to others like Grace and her family and to the boys in Ghana.

Change our world – All Age Service Resource

Get your whole congregation behind the Project by using these ideas that can be used in all-age services.

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Change our world – Children's Resource

This resource will help you communicate the Project to primary school aged children in your congregation.

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Change our world – Youth Resource

This resource will help young people in your congregation to engage with the Bible and these isssues to gain a greater understanding of the Change our World project.

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Change our world – Poster

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Youth and Children's Project

Congregational life & Witness, Youth and Children

Throughout Ireland

The Youth and Children's Project for 2016/17, “Journeys of Promise” aims to help children and young people show how they follow Jesus every day by how they live their lives and not just by the things that they say. The Bible teaches that our faith is not something that is to be kept hidden but that can be seen in all that we do as we live our lives differently to those who live by different values. Jesus stood out as being different when He lived on earth and He calls us to be no less radical in our faith today.
 


This year the Project has an entirely overseas focus.

The Project highlights the stories of young people and children who, along with their families have suffered great trauma and have been displaced from their homes, mainly through conflict in their own countries. We have seen the news footage of the many thousands who have had to leave Syria because of the conflict there and have had to settle in refugee camps in many other countries. We are focussing on those who are in Lebanon and are being supported through the work of National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) and Open Doors, two partners of PCI.

In Lebanon, we are supporting the work of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) as it builds a school for the children who are living in refugee camps. In Lebanon, Syrian children are not allowed to attend the local schools, and so NESSL want to provide them with access to education and the opportunity to learn. The money raised by PCI will help to finance the renovation and refurbishment of an old school building and employ Syrian teachers from the refugee camp. Open Doors is involved in helping a local organisation in offering food packages and other needed material to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Besides this material support, the beneficiaries also receive spiritual support and Christian literature. The money raised will help to finance their efforts and provide Bibles and resources for youth and children’s programmes in the camps.

In Syria, we are supporting the work of Open Doors as it distributes Bibles. The Christian Church there is helping in the midst of all the violence and telling the people about Jesus. The spiritual needs of these people are a priority, and Open Doors have been shipping Bibles to Syria for distribution. It is a dangerous task, but there are people who are committed and dedicated to doing it. The money raised by PCI will see that more Bibles are shipped to Syria and distributed among the new Christians there.

The Project tells the story of 3 individuals who represent many others who live in this situation. Miriam is 9 years old and is a refugee in Lebanon, along with her family. Achmed is 13 years old and also lives in the refugee camp in Lebanon with his family. They come from different situations but are both being helped by PCI’s partners in the Bekaa Valley camp in Lebanon. Ghalib is a key Bible distributor in Syria and is involved with Open Doors.

Leviticus 19:33-34 says “Treat the foreigner as you would a local... Love him like one of your own.” This is the memory verse for the Project this year and we want the children and young people of PCI to understand how to make a difference in the world by living out their faith as part of a community of global concern.

YAC Project 2016 All Age Service Resource

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YAC Project 2016 Children's Resource

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YAC Project 2016 Youth Resource

This resource will help young people in your congregation to engage with the Bible and these isssues to gain a greater understanding of the Journeys of Promise project.

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YAC Project 2016 Poster

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Additional Youth Resources

Modern Day Story
 

Prayer Cards

Radical Love Study

 

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