Who we are:
Student Dynamics (SD) is the youth ministry of New West Church for students grades 8-12. This youth program is open to young people who live in the surrounding neighbourhoods of Burnaby and New West.
Why we exist:
The purpose of our ministry is to provide a place where spiritual growth happens. Our leaders see themselves in partnership with parents, given the communal task of fostering the faith of the next generation. Teenage years are some of the most formative—and challenging—years, and SD is a place where teens can meet Christ in the midst of these.
What we’re all about:
Discipleship: Twice a month we meet in small groups. Here leaders meet together with youth to talk about issues of faith and culture, to read Scripture, to encourage one another, and to pray.
Community: Each year, we plan a number of activities for our group. They include weekend campouts, skiing, barbecues, games nights, overnighters, and city wide scavenger hunts.
Service: Serving Burnaby, New West, and Surrey, as well as global communities, is an important part of SD. Here are some ways that we’re getting involved locally and globally:
- Nightshift: Every month our group spends an evening on the street, handing out food, and talking with our friends who live on the street.
- Normanna Care Home: When our group got too big for Nightshift, we began sending half of our students to Normanna. Here we listen to, encourage, and learn from the senior members of our community.
- Honduras serve project: Every year over the March Break, a team of youth and young adults flies down to the village of El Coyolar, Honduras. Here we live with local families, learn about Honduran culture, and join the community in ongoing development work.
- Camp Rehoboth: In this summer we also drive down to Lacombe, Alberta to spend a week caring for children with developmental disabilities.
What Youth are Saying:
“The first time I came to SD, everyone was so welcoming. It made me feel like I had been accepted”
“SD genuinely teaches youth about God. Even though it’s getting new youth to come, it’s not a show.”
“It’s been very comforting to me to know that during the week I can come here to godly place where I won’t be judged, and where I can discover new things.”
“Nightshift changed my views on the world of poverty, and it make realize that I could have an impacted on other people”
“During our prayer time at Kawkawa, I experienced the presence of God for the first time in my life.”
“SD keeps me on track in my faith journey.”