Integrating Youth and Young Adults
The Youth Ministry Division is a part of the Education and Youth Department. It is responsible for spearheading programmes that will prepare our youth through fellowship, teaching and discipleship for worship, ministry and evangelism so that they may live abundant lives in Christ.
We believe that all Youth and Young Adults within the Diocese, having been admitted to the family of God’s Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church through the sacrament of Baptism, are integral to its growth and development.
We further assert that because ‘Youth’ is a stage that is accompanied by change, uncertainty and dynamism, the Diocese of Jamaica through its Youth Department and related groups and organizations, will at all times seek to affirm the image of God in all Youth/Young Adults regardless of social class, status and/ethnicity.
These ideals will be promoted at all levels within the diocesan structure so that from the Synod to the Local Congregations, Youth and Young Adults will be welcomed and embraced in a spirit of love and mutual respect.
The Youth Ministry Division works with the Education and Youth Department Directors and staff along with Deanery Youth Coordinators (1 per Deanery), Youth Advisors (1) and Chaplains to achieve our objectives. This team of resource persons is supported by the wider family of the Church, both lay and ordained members.
Within this Division, the fellowship group that remains a strong staple is the Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF), which seeks to meet the needs of persons between the ages of 12 – 25.
For persons over 25 years old, the Young Adults Fellowship provides a forum for continued spiritual growth and fellowship within the Church. Active Young Adult Fellowship groups currently exist in the following congregations:
The Youth Ministry Division also organises camps, retreats, training sessions, days of fellowship and the well-established and popular Annual Youth Rally to facilitate the spiritual nurturing and meet the social needs of the Youth within our church.