A group of young musicians from our Johnsonville Parish whānau led worship in the kids zone at New Wine Festival recently, and this opportunity has quickly turned into a longer term discipleship opportunity for the teens.
Within this opportunity, another opportunity arose. The Vicar of Johnsonville, Rev Ben Johnson-Frow, told us: “We have been pretty proud of the young musicians involved in our worship ministry – but we suddenly wondered, how good could they be with a year’s worth of intensive intentional development?”
So Ben and the team have set up a year-long internship programme and invited six young musicians with an average age of 13 to commit themselves to it.
This year they will practice once a week, lead worship in church once a month, and once a term go and play at an event outside of church. “In addition,” Ben says, “each musician will meet with a mentor once a month – someone who will help them live into the three areas that we think are vital to good worship ministry: God-centredness, character, and commitment to growing the gift that God has given them.”
Now that New Wine has passed, including the massive practices to prepare for leading 200 kids into worship, the team has been able to begin their year and led worship at an all-age service at St John’s Church in Johnsonville this past Sunday, and they did a stellar job.
We look forward to following their journey throughout the year and seeing what God does in and through them.
Pictured in the feature photo are members of the worship team, from ledt to right: Jake Williams, Asher Wright, Jakob Johnson-Frow, Ollie Cuthbert, Mackenzie Curtis, and Hailey Richards (obscured).