Some ice-breakers are ships, some are phrases or games or ways of making people relax. Here at Bethel we have our own ‘Ice-Breakers’ who are a group of 11-18 year olds who meet each Sunday morning while the ‘preachy part’ is taking place in the chapel.
The group either stays together or we split into two groups for the 11 – 14 year olds and the 15 – 18 year olds, and we meet in our own rooms which becomes our ‘space’ for about an hour each week and we use the time to chat about life, share news and info, catch up with friends who we haven’t seen for a few day and generally just have a good ‘get together’. Every week, once we’ve downloaded anything that we want to talk about or chatted about something that we think is great or concerns us, we take a subject and try to look at it from the viewpoint of being a Christian. The stuff we talk through and the subjects we cover are so wide ranging that its difficult to put them all into one ‘box’ but the sessions are always lively, often controversial and regularly go off into areas that we didn’t think about at the start.
Most years we go to Greenbelt, which is a Christian festival for all ages. Some Sunday evenings we go to our Pastor’s home and take part in Alpha discussions and generally have a good time. We go on walks to lots of places including Clent Hills, Waseley, Malvern, even Wales!
Ice-Breakers is never pressurised or forced on people but is hopefully a place where young people can feel safe and valued and learn a little bit more about being alive and being a Christian in the 21st Century.