What is Lights?

Lights is a Christian youth group with about 100 young people in years 6-12 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 6-8, and everyone is welcome to Church @5pm.

A typical Friday night includes:

a lot of fun!
Bible Talk
given by one of our leaders
Discussion Group
with new friends in your age/gender
with plenty of time to hang out and eat!

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:

God created the whole world including us – and he made it perfectly. He loved us so much he made us in his OWN IMAGE and had a personal relationship with us.
God gave us a choice – to follow his way or go our own way. We turned our backs on God and decided to live as we wanted to – this is called sin.
The Bible tells us that the punishment for sin is death. So God can justly let us all die and go to hell.
But God didn’t – because he loves us. He loves us so much that he sent his son Jesus to die INSTEAD of us, taking our punishment which we deserved- and then he rose again after conquering death.
So now there’s a choice – Jesus took away the sin that stopped us having a relationship with God. If we believe in Jesus, then God will give us ETERNAL LIFE in an eternal relationship with him!

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:

Know the Gospel
knowing the message about the radical love of God is called the gospel
Grow in the Gospel
growing in our joy in prayer and God's word
Show the Gospel
doing good works for God's glory
Go with the Gospel
sharing the message with friends, family, all nations!


Our Church.

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.

Jotham Booker

Currently studying at SMBC and working as a Student Minister at St Thomas’. Loves Jesus, soccer, friends, bacon and church.

Steph Semler

Steph works for CRU Camps, recruiting and training the volunteer camp leaders. She loves running, hiking, poetry and art. She’s super excited to be leading the year 7 girls at Lights!

Callum Morris

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.”

Jess Egan

Is studying Primary Teaching at Notre Dame University. Loves the beach, sunrises, swimming, netball and playing the guitar! But most of all loves getting to tell people about Jesus!

Jordy Fung

Is currently studying Commerce and Engineering at UNSW. Loves surfing, skating, skiing, sushi, sleeping, sunrises, sunsets and coffee!

Ellie Dudley

Currently studying media and arts at USYD. Loves the beach, concerts, reading and spending time with other people.

Luke Morris

He loves skating, surfing and all sorts of sports. He plays guitar and loves playing music but mainly loves learning about God and glorifying him!

Sam Capel

Enjoys life, learning about God, His creation and nursing. Smiles lots. Keen to lead youth towards Christ! (and loveeeeees ice-cream :D)

Alexander Worton

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.”

Ellie Williams-Roldan

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.

Luke Shooter

Just finished his studying to be a minister in 2017 and has started working at St Thomas. He loves rugby, exploring God’s world and seeing people come to know and love Jesus.

Katie Beers

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.

Gerard O’Brien

Is a minister at St Thomas’. He loves pizza dates with his wife Briar, and playing card games with his two young daughters.

Our Blog.

Our leaders and teens both contribute to this awesome blog, with some great posts about what different parts of Christian living look like.

Upcoming Events.

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.

We would love to hear from you.