You may have noticed that there haven’t been many blogs lately. Well, the Youth Challenge website is under review at the minute. Hopefully when it’s all finished things will be looking really good, with plenty of information for you on what’s happening in Youth Challenge. So keep watching!!
Don’t forget about the Easter Conference coming up. [...]
Background to Youth Challenge
As the work of Child Evangelism Fellowship became established in Ireland in the 1960’s and 1970’s, it became clear that something needed to be done to retain contact with young people after they became too old for the children’s activities.
CEF leadership also recognised the potential of training young people for the work of reaching children with the Gospel.
During these years the youth work of CEF in Ireland was on an informal basis. Then in the late 1970’s the young people’s work took on the name of “Youth Challenge”. The work grew rapidly during the 1980’s under the leadership of David & Ruth Irwin, with Junior and Senior Youth Challenge groups being set up throughout Ireland and a full camp programme being established.
Colin Hylands became Youth Challenge Team leader in November 2011. He’d been involved in the work of CEF as a volunteer and committee member for many years. He is married to Victoria and they have two children, Nathan and Kezia.
Marcus Somerville joined the team in 2008. He is based in the Mourne and Lagan Valley areas, and he’s involved in schools work and in making contacts with churches in the areas.
The third member of the team is Heather Meenagh. Heather hails from Dungiven and after being a volunteer with CEF, took a gap year with the mission and felt the Lord leading her into full-time service. She will be based in the North East and North West Ulster areas.
The Youth Challenge team now look after the full range of Youth Challenge activities in Ireland. Get in touch via the Contact page.