Jesus says to the disciples,
“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world…A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden."
In Jesus' time, salt was so important, soldiers would get paid in salt (think of the word salary). It preserves food, adds flavour and can make food taste better. It prevents infections, helps healing and maintains our health. And light gives life, lets things grow, and shows us where we're going and what we're doing.
As a young Christian, you have a special challenge: To bring richness into the lives of others. To preserve the faith that has been passed on to you. To be a beacon of hope for others: a city built on a hilltop. Could you be a leader in your Church, school or community? Do you want to be part of a team of young people, developing their skills and talents to become that beacon for others?
The Salt & Light Project is a year-long program encouraging young leaders (aged 16+) to grow their gifts for serving and leading. You can take part in the course alongside work or studying (a bit like doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award).
This course explores what it is to be a young, a Christian and a leader in three ways:
- Input: The Salt & Light project is made up of a small team of young people, aged 16+ who come together: learning from each other and receiving input from NYMO. The course begins by going away for a formation weekend in November.
- Service: Each young person leads a project, in church, school or the local community, e.g. running some sessions for a Confirmation group, or a social action project, like assembling a team to tidy gardens for local elderly people.
- Reflection: Each young person has an adult who they meet for mentoring, guidance and to discuss their project with. This is an important element of the course: professional and spiritual reflection.
Reflective practice is a great skill both in work and education. In fact the course also helps develop your skills in: IT, presentation, communication, organisation, planning and leadership. These are the things that can make your CV or personal statement really stand out.
It’s a great chance to meet, and have fun with, other people of your age who are enthusiastic and aspiring young leaders. It's also an opportunity think about your relationship with God and grow in your faith.
Participation in The Salt & Light Project is free, including the retreat weekend, our meetings through the year, and our team hoodies. You must be able to attend the formation weekend on 13th – 15th October 2017 at the Monastery of Christ Our Saviour, Turvey, Bedfordshire (the monastery shares a site with Turvey Abbey)
If you think you'd like to be part of the the Salt & Light Project this coming academic year please fill in the application form and send it back to: