Church community celebrates

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By Matthew Sims

Young people from the Berwick Church of Christ’s (BCOC) youth ministry came together to celebrate their congregation and host a family fun day for the broader community.

The Fearless Unashamed Supernatural Existence (FUSE) Youth group hosted the FUSE Fest Family Fun Day after the Sunday service on Sunday 11 February.

BCOC youth pastor Genny Smith said the group aimed to encourage and build self-esteem in its members.

“We foster an environment that encourages and builds self-esteem where youth will learn and discover their identity in Christ while growing fulfilling and meaningful friendships.

“We meet on Friday nights and run both worship services as well as crazy fun nights such as The Amazing Race, All-Nighters, Fear Factor and more!“

Ms Smith said the group always aimed to serve and bring hope to the Berwick community.

“Our ultimate goal both as a church and as a youth group is to be God’s presence in every place,“ she said.

“At FUSE Youth, we endeavour to be a place where youth from the city of Casey/Cardinia feel safe, encouraged and empowered.“

Ms Smith said the event was a successful way to raise money to support the group’s upcoming initiatives and events.

“Events like this one mean a lot to our Fuse Youth members as this event allows us to raise money for our youth ministry, providing much-needed resources and opportunities to sponsor teenagers to attend events such as the State Youth Games, camps and our weekly Friday program,” she said.

“This makes FUSE Youth more accessible and allows youth who otherwise would be unable to afford events to attend.

“Lastly, it is an opportunity for our young people to put on an event that serves families of the community.“

Ms Smith said there were a number of events coming up for the group.

“We have many amazing upcoming events such as State Youth Games, which is a weekend sport and art event for high schoolers and young adults from across Victoria,“ she said.

“Other upcoming events include FUSE Camp, joint gatherings with like-minded youth groups in the city and our regular Friday night programs that cater to 100-plus youth each week.

“We are so excited for what 2024 will bring at FUSE Youth and this event has made it possible for us to reach many more teenagers in the community.“

For more information on the FUSE Youth group, visit