CHYPS, is the Chapel Street Young People's YOUTH GROUP, for youth in school years 7 through to 13. CHYPS meets once a month, on a Saturday evening, from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Chapel Street Centre.
The purpose of CHYPS is:
* to welcome youth from our church and community to connect in a fun, relaxed group with Christian values
* to build relationships between our church leaders and the youth in our church & community
* to be primarily a social group, enabling youth to make new friends and strengthen existing friendships within the church & our community
A typical CHYPS evening consists of a mix of high-energy and quieter games and concludes with supper & a 10-minute ‘God-Time’ (low-key, informal, bible-based chat/devotion).
Our current group has a wide range of ages and a mix of youth who attend church and many who don't. We provide a safe, friendly and caring environment where the youth feel valued and respected.
We aim to be 'Seed Sowers', in the words of Siu Williams-Lemi, Regional Youth Co-ordinator for the Sth Island Methodist Church:
"The one thing I have learnt is that although everything we teach is important, what is more important is the relationships we build with the children and the atmosphere we create."
We warmly invite new members to CHYPS, and if any parents are interested in helping on our supper roster we would love to hear from you!