What is Lights?
Lights is a Christian youth group with about 70 young people in years 7-12 from all over Sydney. We meet up on Fridays at 7-9pm in the Memorial Hall at St Thomas' (Cnr Church & McLaren Sts, North Sydney).
We also have Daylights on a Sunday morning @10am for years 7-9, and everyone is welcome to Church @5pm.
A typical Friday night includes:
John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
What we believe.
Here at Lights, Jesus is the person we talk about most. So who is he and why is he important?
Jesus is the Son of God who became human, to live a perfect life and die for us, so we could have eternal life. It sounds crazy right – who the heck would love us that much, and why was dying necessary?
Here’s 5 simple, key points about what we believe at Lights:
Lights is all about the radical love of God making radical followers of Jesus Christ
Why we exist?
We know the word ‘radical’ can carry some negative baggage, but it doesn’t need to. To be clear, we’re not about violence or terrorism or anything like that.
The word ‘radical’ comes from the Latin word for ‘root’, like roots in a tree. We’re trying to express the fact that God’s love goes all the way to his core. It’s not just a ‘sometimes thing’. It permeates all he does and is most profoundly seen in what he has done in Jesus Christ...
You know you're a radical follower of Jesus when you:
Lights is part of St Thomas’ Anglican Church, North Sydney. Our church exists to display the glory of God in the world and the heavens (Ephesians 3:10) and our mission is to evangelise the North Sydney area by sharing the gospel with our community, to enfold newcomers into our church family by loving and caring for them, and to equip and train our members to know, serve and proclaim Christ.
Our Senior Pastor is Simon Manchester, and we have three Sunday services – at 8am, 10am and 5pm. Anyone is welcome to come along.
Visit the church website for more information.
Meet our leaders.
One of the best things about Lights is our leaders. They’re a group of godly, gifted, loving, sacrificial and servant-hearted volunteers. We’ve asked them to lead because they love God and because they’re great role-models for teenagers as they go through the high school years. They’ve completed intensive safe ministry training and Working With Children Checks.
Currently studying at USyd. Likes to surf and play basketball in his spare time. Loves to talk and share about Jesus Christ, especially at Lights because, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
She is an (almost graduated!) high school music teacher who loves passing on her knowledge of God and the Bible to others. She also loves listening to classical music, teaching music, playing the flute, and shopping at Gorman.
Currently studying Commerce and Psychology at Macquarie University and working part-time. Loves cooking, surfing, candle making, piano playing, dog patting and chocolate eating. “Follow my Insty.”
Works for the uni Christian group (Credo) doing a Ministry apprenticeship called MTS. Loves to dance, paint with food colouring, make things, read things, and spend time with God and His people.
David loves God and getting to know him through his Word. He is married to Amanda and works in the office side of construction sites (a builder with no trade). He enjoys the busyness of Sydney but also needs to slow down and escape it from time to time.
Came to Australia from Chile at the start of 2013 to work as a ministry apprentice at St Thomas’, now studying at Moore College. Loves animals, soccer, crispy chicken laksa, and shopping at Vinnies.
Our leaders and teens both contribute to this awesome blog, with some great posts about what different parts of Christian living look like.
With so much on, we keep a handy calendar available for you to see upcoming events.
Once a term we have a 'Highlight' - a special event where we dedicate a whole night to just hanging out and getting to know each other better.
We also have a yearly SUMMERCAMP- an amazing time to get away together for 5 days and enjoy summer and God's word.