Message from Tim Burns – Diocesan Youth Officer
I am delighted to introduce SERVE, a resource for young people in 4th to 6th year,
designed to encourage and develop their unique leadership qualities while also helping them build
firm foundations of faith.
Central to the course is the idea of servant leadership, which can often be different to the
perception of what leadership is. SERVE will encourage young people to discover and use the
gifts God has given them to be serve others and unlock their potential as leaders.
Each session of training has four elements included that are designed to build a sense of
community and support, engagement with God and a deeper knowledge of who we are as people
and leaders. They are:
1. Communal Meal: Served at the start of each session
2. Spiritual Discipline: Time is given after the meal to practice an element of the
3. Book Review: Participants will be expected to read a chapter of the selected book prior
to each session, at which a young person will lead a discussion on the chapter.
4. Teaching and Discussion: This element allows the participants to explore spiritual,
practical and personal aspects of Christian leadership through discussion and activities.
There are eight separate sessions, the first 4 will run fortnightly in Hillsborough Parish halls,
starting on the 23rd of February and will last for three hours, from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. The next 4
sessions will take place over the course of a weekend away at the Kilbroney Centre in
Rostrevor from Friday-Sunday 28-30th April with a final graduation celebration for parents and
participants taking place on Friday the 5th of May.
The cost for the course is £70, this includes a participants handbook, our meals together
and the residential, as well as the graduation ceremony and certificate. This can be paid in
either a single payment for the course or two payments of £35.
We would love for your child to be involved in this because we feel it will not only be good for them
but also for the church. To this end we will be encouraging sending churches to support each
young person on the course through prayer, opportunities and finance if possible.
Included with this is an application form for your child to fill in. It will also require your signature to
confirm that you are happy for them to be part of the course, and two references, one preferably
from a church leader from within the parish that you are part of.
For more info please contact Margaret at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 028 9127 0082 or mobile 07715 602078