St Alban North Harrow

Aims and Ethos

'We believe in the presence and potential of young people
at the heart of church and community'  
St Albans Church Vision Statement

looking out for each other: 2 young people take time to help someone else who is not nearly as confident on their skates one of our young leaders, Carl, wanted to donate his £250 award money to the church community defibrillator fund - when British Red Cross heard this they kindly offered free 1st Aid training! 19 young people took part and received their certificates

Come as you are!  We welcome and work with any young people (school years 6-13): regardless of reputation, status, size, gender, sexuality, racial/cultural/ethnic classification, physical or mental health, ability/disability, or faith background.  Come with friends if you like! 

We don't: judge!  

We do:  

We want you to:

The aim of all our work is to build trusting relationships to facilitate: 

Soul Survivor: Summer Festival Camping    Soul Survivor: Summer Worship/Teaching GatheringMalawi Trip: Summer 2017

We want all our environments to be safe, peaceful, creative and stimulating spaces
where you feel you are welcome, you belong, and can pursue interests and grow into your potential.

  emerging from cave system after conquering greatest fear  yp gets to top of the wall her very1st climb - thanks to the coaching of another yp  Young Leaders running tombola to raise funds_June 2018  young people feedback and share learning from Malawi trip

We are proud
to work with so many amazing young leaders!  We don't believe young people are just 'tomorrow's leaders':  Every day young people are not only being influenced but also speaking up, making great decisions, supporting and influencing others!  
We partner with and empower young people to be bold, respectful and discerning influencers.  
We develop conflict resolution and leadership skills, helping to promote and develop positive role models, peace makers and leaders.  

Thank you to the Young Harrow Foundation (YHF) and Jack Petchey Foundation (JPF) for helping us recognise and reward such service and leadership, and congratulations to our 1st groups of young people to win JPF Achievement Awards:  
Abi, Carl, Eleanor, Grace, Josie, Millie, Rumaisah, Thomas, Sophie, Chloe, Ryan, Cameron, Eleanor !

Congrats to Grace for her Jack Petchey Achievement Award ! Congrats to Thomas for his Jack Petchey Achievment Award ! Congrats to Rumaisah for her Jack Petchey Achievement Award ! Another Jack Petchey Award Winner: Congratulations Josie!   Another Jack Petchey Award Winner: Congratulations Eleanor!  

We are big believers in the value of both team and of great partnership. We benefit hugely from a range of local and regional partnerships and memberships, but are always keen to hear how we can work together to meet particular needs for/with our young people.

We appreciate our close links with:  Young Harrow Foundation, RiSE [Harrow Churches Youth Worker Network], Harrow Youth Collective, London Youth, and the Ignite Trust.

RiSE is the Harrow Youth and Children's Work Church Leader network Harrow Youth Collective is the Diocesan 'Minster' hub for youth work and ministry in Harrow Deanery ignite trust harrow works with young people aged 13 to 25 to help them re-engage with education, find employment or move away from anti-social behaviour, gang involvement and exploitative relationships 

current London Youth member organisationYoung Harrow Foundation Member

What are you church people doing youth work for? 

Good question!  Churches do youth work because.. 

(1) we believe young people matter: 

Jesus did not come just for older people - nor did he come for 'religious' people:  
He came to love, serve & call everyone!  He welcomed the young when others sent them away. 
So those following Jesus' example: welcome, help, involve, and reach out to young people, too. We believe in the presence and potential of young people at the heart of church & community. We are here for all young people in the area - those of Christian faith, other faiths, and no faith. 
In a culture where young people learn our value lies in how we look, perform, what we can offer, how quickly we are willing to climb above others, the things we (either) have (or don't have);
we have a different vision:  of the innate value, dignity, and equality of all young people, 
of people mattering more than the things they own, use or wear;  and of life being lived out together with people from every background - in respect of God, care of creation, and service of others.

(2) we believe relationship with God matters:  

In the Bible in the Gospel of John, chapter 10 verse 10:  
Jesus said  "I have come to bring you life - life in all its fullness!"
- contrasting this with what is "stolen away, killed and destroyed".  

We love diversity, and respect people's choice on how they want to live their life,
but we also recognise Harrow young people's concern with the current high levels of
gang-related violence, bullying, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and mental ill-health. 

With this in mind..
We are committed to see young people grow robust, helpful, successful lives-to-the-full: