On the evening of Friday the 23rd of June, Dorset Youth for Christ was officially launched at a special event held at a ‘StreetLight’ Community Skate park café.

The event started off with a time of meeting and greeting. Cakes and drinks were kindly provided and made by Caroline Rigby. Aaron Rigby, Dorset YFC Director welcomed people to the busy venue before opening in prayer. Andy Putt outlined the mission of the Christian organisation that runs the indoor Skate park, cafe and soft play area in Wimborne. He also described the massive impact that the project is having on the lives of children and young people in East Dorset. Young people were allowed to make use of the amazing facilities to skate and scooter during the event.

Dreams for Dorset

Andy Birbeck then led attendees in a lively worship set before the audience heard the new Centre’s story. Charlie Du Puy – one of Dorset Youth for Christ’s trustees – explained the vision, plans and dreams for Dorset YFC.

Emma Kendall, YFC’s Head of Chartered Ministries, led the commissioning part of the launch. The Director, trustees and volunteers of Dorset YFC promised to uphold the constitution of YFC. “Local church ministers Emma and Dale Carmichael prayed for us, which was a real honour”, Centre Director Aaron Rigby says.

Closing Address

As the evening drew to a close YFC National Director Neil O’Boyle shared his heart with those gathered. He reminded all of YFC’s mission to take the good news relevantly to every young person in Britain. Neil also spoke about the need to speak into and impact a constantly changing and challenging youth culture.

At the end of a brilliant occasion full of hope and anticipation for the future, Andy summed everything up. “Thank you to everyone who joined us for a great evening. The numbers present and palpable sense of excitement about what God is going to do in Dorset ha greatly encouraged us!”

For more information email Aaron Rigby at aaron@dorsetyfc.co.uk