This is my Uniting Church
Pulse Young Adult Gatherings
October 18, 2023
"We have shared excitement for the future knowing there are other young adults passionate about being courageous disciples and taking Jesus seriously together"
Describe your faith community
The Young Adult Gathering (YAG) is a project of Pulse, the youth and young adult ministry of NSW/ACT Synod. We are a community that meets a couple of times a year to share stories, worship and deepen relationships with each other and God. So far, YAGs have been focusing on the idea of courageous discipleship, with each of the gatherings providing a space for people to share how they are inspired to live out their faith boldly beyond the church.
YAGs offer a great opportunity for young adults across the Uniting Church in Sydney to connect in an informal way around food and music to hear what God is doing in each other's lives.
What’s one thing that makes your community unique?
The Pulse YAGs offer a unique opportunity for Young Adults from across mostly Sydney Uniting churches to share stories about what God is doing in their lives. It is an opportunity for individuals to deepen relationships and hear from others in different churches and contexts, broadening horizons on what it means to be apart of the uniting church. Hearing different voices and meeting other like minded people in the Uniting Church has been a real encouragement.
We meet in a variety of locations across Sydney to worship God, pray for each other and develop a strong Christ-centred community.
Where do you see God at work in your community?
The YAG gatherings have over the past few years helped develop organic relationships between Young Adults across Sydney. These relationships have been developed by a shared vision of contributing to the kingdom of God here on earth. We have been inspired by the conversations about collaboration between congregations and the shared excitement for the future knowing there are other young adults passionate about being courageous disciples and taking Jesus seriously, together.
We also see the spirit moving when we hear others open up about their faith experiences and some of the challenges that people have had to face. Despite being of the same Church, we often come from differing expressions of community and worship. It is really powerful to learn of these differences and find common ground. The environment of sharing we have created is refreshing and something I know many people have been yearning for since the lockdowns and disconnection of COVID.
What are some of the challenges you are facing?
- Keeping up momentum between meetings, given they only occur every few months
- Finding a space that meets the needs of different geographic areas of Sydney
What can the rest of the church pray for in that place?
Pray for guidance as we continue to explore what it means to gather in a way that is inclusive, relevant and supportive in developing each other as disciples.