South News


  • Millom celebrates the growth of their Messy Church, which meets the fourth Sunday of each month. Beacon Hill has a good core of young people accessing their Sunday School.


  • The Vision Youth Band: 18 months ago an ecumenical youth band from Ulverston was formed with the intent to lead today’s young people in worship that is relevant to them. The group’s teenage members met to decide what the name of the group would be and why they decided to form. The name decided is 'The Vision' and this is simply because they have a vision to make worship music relevant to all young people and not simply to church-goers. The band is comprised of young people from Ulverston Methodist Church and the Emmanuel Christian Centre, also in Ulverston. The group are led by three local youth leaders, Mike Little (Ulverston Methodist) Tim & Matt Thornhill (Emmanuel). Since forming, the group have led worship in various locations around the south of Cumbria. They are currently working towards hosting a very large event in 2014 which will be advertised to attract young people from all over the North West. The purpose of this event will be to inspire the next generation and also to spark the youth revival in Cumbria which has been prophesied. Prayers are very much welcomed for this amazing bunch of teenagers who work so hard to bring the highest possible quality of musicianship to the local worship scene.


  • Sandylands Methodist Church in Kendal 2 years ago rebranded and reorganised their youth club. Starting with only four churched young people – XLR8 youth now engages with more than 27 young people twice a month. 


  • More recently – two Sandylands young people had the vision to hold a youth event called ‘Ignite the light’. More than 125 young people were in attendance for the event, which brought young people from across South Cumbria. ‘It was a moving and humbling service, with us praying for the young people and then the young people praying for all the youth leaders who were present’ Jonny Gios