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icon: Greenwich Church Cross The Youth of Greenwich

Its great to have adults in the congregation but it is a blessing from God when the Church is full of young people who want to live a life as Jesus taught. They bring a fresh energy and enthusiasm to all aspects of Church life and can be extremely effective if Discipled properly.

Praying for school students

If you have not considered how you can effect the young people of the borough then simply start by praying for you local secondary school. Their are only 14 secondary schools in the borough (soon to be mapped onto Google Maps!).
  • Abbey Wood, Eynsham Drive, SE2 9AJ
  • Blackheath Bluecoat, Old Dover Road, SE3 8SY
  • Crown Woods, Riefield Road, SE9 2QN
  • Eaglesfield, Red Lion Lane, SE18 4LD
  • Eltham Green, Queenscroft Road, SE9 5EQ
  • Eltham Hill, Eltham Hill, SE9 5EE
  • Kidbrooke, Corelli Road, SE3 8EP
  • Plumstead Manor, Old Mill Road, SE18 1QF
  • St. Pauls RC, Wickham Lane, SE2 0XX
  • St. Thomas More RC, Footscray Road, SE9 2SU
  • St. Ursula's RC, 70 Crooms Hill, SE10 8HN
  • John Roan, Westcombe Park, SE3 7QR
  • Thomas Tallis, Kidbrooke Park Road, SE3 9PX
  • Woolwich Polytechnic, MacBean Street, SE18 6LP
Encourage your Church to do the same on a regular basis. Pray for the teachers, the pupils, the helpers, the head-teacher and for Gods peace to come upon the school. "... if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven." Prayer will effect the schools.

Greenwich Youth for Christ (GYFC)

Good training, networking and encouragement is essential for the youth leaders if their young people are to grow - both in numbers and spiritually. Greenwich Youth for Christ (GYFC) is one organisation working in the Greenwich Borough to advance Christs kingdom amongst the youth and to encourage leadership. Their Enable project is a training, consultancy and resources service for local Church youth ministry - which through encouraging and supporting youth leaders seeks to 'enable' Church youth ministry to flourish.

GYFC run a secondary schools outreach project called Impact. Through lessons, assemblies and lunch-time clubs GYFC aims to 'impact schools with the gospel'.

A project that GYFC used to run called NightStop provides emergency accommodation for young people in volunteer's homes. The project is currently run by YouthReach Greenwich but still need prayer and funding for these vulnerable young people who would otherwise be sleeping rough and starting on a downward spire.

Praxis is estate based youth work (currently operating on the Ferrier Estate, Kidbrooke) that seeks to provide quality activities, training and resources for children and young people and engage in creative and effective mission.

There are many ways to become involved with GYFC - to support the mission work or utilise the support of Enable. To start with, why not send your young people to Carigma. Carigma is a monthly worship and teaching service held at St John's church (Blackheath), on the first Saturday of the month. You may only have two youth in your church - send them along to ‘Carigma’ once a month to meet fifty other youth to make friends! Contact Nick Shepherd for further details.

About GYFC

Greenwich Youth for Christ has been supporting local church youth ministry and outreach for over five years. In this time we have initiated new youth groups, provided volunteers to help run them and enabled volunteer youth leaders to develop their skills and confidence through tailor made training. In addition to providing or helping people, GYFC have a range of resources to help youth groups develop and help youth leaders survive! These resources include the popular Rock Solid programme for 11-14, a specially written three-year programme of games and activities for young people linked to churches. In addition to this programme YFC has established a church resources department (formally Covies). This department provides resources from 8-18, weekends away and holidays as well as evangelistic camps. The GYFC team are also involved in running residential programmes and have access to a wide range of material and advice.

Hugh Ridsdill-Smith is Director of Operations for GYFC, overseeing the day to day running of the centre.

If you would like more information about any of these projects, please contact :
Director of Operations
Suite 9, 184-186 Westcombe Hill, Blackheath

Email :

Greenwich YFC (Charity No. 1051911)

The Boys' Brigade

The Boys’ Brigade runs activities for:
  • Anchor Section - for Boys aged 5 to 8 years
  • Junior Section - for Boys aged 8 to 11 years
  • Company Section - for Boys aged 11 to 15 years
  • Seniors - for young men aged 15 to 18 years
The Boys' Brigade has been part of the Greenwich community for over 100 years, today 4 companies operate in the borough.

The Boys' Brigade provides a balanced programme of activities for children and young people from 5 to 18 years old. These resources have been developed to help volunteer youth leaders work in a relevant and creative way. We hope through these programmes they will be able to make a positive contribution to a young person's life and be able to share their faith.

Go to the local Boys’ Brigade website to find a group near you.

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