MatthewMeet our new youth worker Matthew Hamilton. Matthew (21) hails from Newtownards, County Down in Northern Ireland. Matthew is related to Steven Hamilton who was very much the pioneer of our ministry’s initial work in Tillydrone.

Matthew has a strong faith and passion for reaching young people and sharing the gospel with them whatever their nationality, ethnicity or background. He comes with a strong background of leading youth work in his home church, running youth camps and working with young people in other areas of the UK and abroad. Having met and spent time with Matthew, his passion and enthusiasm is very obvious, and it has to be said contagious. In the short time we have known him, he has already come up with some new ideas. We look forward with anticipation to working with Matthew and seeing what God will do among us through him.

Steven Hamilton, who was our Outreach Worker and Director, finished working with us on a paid basis, but stayed on as a volunteer until the end of 2015 to help us manage the Tillydrone/Seaton work. He has now had to pull out of this also, due to the other things he has been involved with, and increasing pressures on his time. We all appreciate the amount of work that Steven has done in helping us to reach young people in the North East. He has also been instrumental in getting us involved in regular schools work, cage ministry, missions, networking with other churches and co-ordinating our pool of volunteers.We wish him and Mhairi every blessing, as they continue in their service for the Lord.

We're happy to announce a change in roles amongst our staff. In recognition of his increasing input into the vision and development of NESYFC's ministry, our part-time outreach worker Steven Hamilton is now working as Centre Director. Our exec committee will continue to keep up the administrative side of things so Steven is able to keep working directly with young people for most of his time, but the new role allows him freedom to shape the work as God leads him. Please pray for Steven as he takes on this additional responsibility, and for the rest of the NESYFC team, as we support him in the role and obediently seek God's will for ways to reach more young people better.

Commenting on the new role, Steven said:

"I feel this is the right way to move in being more deliberately the missional arm of the church to young people. I really look forward to

- finding out how to support and equip churches in their youth outreach,
- praying for them and
- providing them a good example with our work in the shire."

We're pleased that Matthew Laurenson of Deeside Christian Fellowship Church has joined our exec team to help with fund raising; please pray for him in this new role. Please note the remaining vacancies in our core and wider team, detailed at the foot of our home page.

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