The Hampstead SDA Youth day this year was on the 15th of September 2012. It was a special day designated to youth from both the community and the church members.
Young people from 13 through to 35 years had the opportunity to fellowship together whilst having their spiritual needs met. The youth day message was spoken by a young preacher (Thomas Mwadime) who could relate to the audience because he himself is a young man facing the same issues most youths share. The message really hit home for a lot of the audience. It discussed ‘what is important to us’ as young individuals. Many of us prioritise things such as education, work and money which are not in themselves bad, but by focusing solely on those things we tend to forget about Christ. Too often we are wrapped up in our busy schedules to worry about religion. In addition many of us have great plans for the future but we struggle with our faith and religion or even believing in anything.
To compliment the main service there was an amazing lunch which had been put together by the Youth Leadership team. It was the perfect time to get to know people in a relaxed atmosphere. The afternoon program further explored the topic of “what do the ‘youth’ find important”. Many people feel that young people are only interested in the glitz and glamour of life, however, current media research conducted by the church teens, revealed that there are clearly more important things to young people than just their materialistic possessions and ideas of a luxurious lifestyle. The day was fantastic, it certainly made me think about my personal life and what I can do to live it in the best way possible.
I will certainly be attending the youth day next year as well as the oncoming social and spiritual events the department is organising.