PSALMS is a Scripture Union Associate Trust that started in 2005 in Painswick. Realising that many young people, especially boys, spent their Sundays on the football pitch or engaging in other active pursuits, a group of Christians decided to rise to the challenge of engaging young people with fresh expressions of church and an emphasis on Sports Ministry.
“Only 1 in 6 young Christian males feel comfortable in Church” (Christian Vision for Men Research May 2010)
Today we work with hundreds of children and young people across Stroud, Painswick, Cranham Nailsworth, Chalford, Stonehouse, Kemble and smaller villages such as Sheepscombe and Sapperton. PSALMS has partnerships with many churches including Anglican, Baptist, Free Churches, Methodist and Roman Catholic.
We work to engage not just those young people who regularly attend church but focus on supporting young people within the community. We recruit, train and equip adult volunteers to deliver a network of youth clubs known as The Pulse which take place in schools, colleges, local youth community buildings and churches. The team’s areas of specialism still include sport but we are also beginning to use artistic and creative specialisms, so we can maximise the number of young people we can reach.
In each area the work is directed by community steering groups who work closely with a Strategic Youth Minister to ensure the work is relevant to the local communities.
“78% of Britons agree that Christians and the Churches are doing a poor job in reaching out to young people (Le Croix Research Apr 2010)