It’s a fancy-schmancy church word for the area from Houghton in the north-east, Wray in the south-east, Wigton to the west, Caldbeck in the south and then, of course Carlisle somewhere in the middle. You can see a map of it here.
We are a network of cells groups from all over the deanery (see above). We all meet together in smaller groups weekly (or twice a month) and then once a month we all get together to worship God, encourage each other and just have a great time together.
Our primary focus is young people aged 11 to 18. But if you’re a little older, we probably can figure something out. ;-) We know that teenagers sometimes feel out of place in traditional/regular church, so we hope that we’ll be a little different as a lot of what we do is actually done with or by teenagers.
This is a tricky one. We are NOT a church in the sense that we have a church building or that we halve lots on offer for everyone between 0-99. But we are a church in the sense that if you participate fully in what we do and are, you will have a full expression of church as possible.
We agree that a church should be all ages and shouldn’t be limited to a sub-group of people, but we think that we serve a purpose in that we can stand in the gap between “normal” or “traditional” church and un-churched teens. We hope that for can build a bridge, between what sometimes feels like two worlds. We would also love to help YPs who have been raised in church to have somewhat of a dual citizenship; remaining loyal and part of the church they and their family belong to, yet feel that they belong to the The Network as well.
We are not about competing with “normal” parish churches, quite the opposite. We hope that as we grow and see more and more teens come to faith and growing as disciples, this will strengthen the local parish as well.
We believe the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God. The Holy Spirit inspired the original authors to write God’s love letter to His people. We aim to teach the whole message of the Bible. Even though it’s messy and some of it might make us ask questions or gross us out, we still believe that all of it is beneficial to read and apply to our life (2 Tim 3:16)
A big focus for us that we want to combat Biblical illiteracy. We believe that as we understand more and more of the Bible we come to know God better, that they will get an accurate picture of who God is.
Welcome to “your” section of this website. We hope that you will find the information you need.
We really want this to be a partnership. You as the parent are the main and most important youth worker in your teens life. We obviously want to see your teen grow as a person and a disciple of Jesus Christ.
We are unashamedly a youth church and therefore hold to a core set of beliefs and values based on the Bible and in church tradition, nonetheless we want to be a group of people where everyone feels welcome regardless of background and world-view.
We have a Parental/Guardian permission form which you can download by clicking here.
Here is a great article about what you as a parent/carer needs to know about Instagram.
If you want to really nerd out and read all the detailed vision, purpose and strategy stuff you can get a PDF of that stuff here.
We have adopted the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy wich you can look at here.
If you (or your son/daughter) is going to be driven to an event, please fill out this form: Transport_of_children_consent
The first great advice that the Bible gives us is that loving Christ must be above all, then our dating should consist of a triangle: I, my boyfriend/my girlfriend and the Holy Spirit. Although we usually think the complete opposite, dating is actually not about satisfying our own needs. It is instead about the other person, it didn’t have the goal of increasing the passion and, yes, relationship. We have to remember that when we’re dating it doesn’t mean that we somehow can act as if we’re the owner of another person. In fact, we should seek support and encourage each other in any way we can. Just think about what these verses say and mean:
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favour: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Philippians 2:1-2
Sex is the expression and result of a relationship that already exists and not the other way around. The Bible shows that God does not approve sex before get marriage; in God’s plan, that level of intimacy is part of the wedding. So, the servant of God needs to run away from impurity, because immorality is a sin against God and our body that is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Just read what the Bible has to say (we know it’s long, but it’s really good, please read the whole thing!):
“There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modelled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:16-20.
Drugs starts as something attractive that we are all curios about, they might even seems to be the right choice to make, but see Proverbs 14:12 “There’s a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell. Sure, those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak.” The problem using any drug is that eventually has a self-destructive conduct when the person loses control (and that’s usually what happens). Drug use can bring several clinical complications to both your body and to other areas of such as your emotional, family, social, psychological and spiritual life. So, because the Bible has your best interest in mind, condemns drugs as a sin against the body, causes suffering to the individual and neighbour, sustains the world of crime and alienates man from God. Reflect on the verses:
It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cut-throat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom. (Galatians 5: 19-21)
The Bible does not say that drinking alcohol is bad or sinful, but it does tells us to avoid getting drunk. The obvious effect of drunkenness is a loss of control, and the Bible is pretty clear that we are not to be controlled by anything (Proverbs 23:29-35, 1 Corinthians 6:12). Actually we rather than being full of Smirnoff Ice we should be full of the Holy Spirit!
Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.(Ephesians 5:18)
So, we realize that alcohol itself is not sinful, we need to be very careful with it.