New Generation Performing Arts was founded in 2005, by Louise Ryrie at St Elizabeths Church, Northgate, Crawley.
I was the pianist at St Elizabeths for ten years until the sad closure of the congregation in 2005. I was given permission to move the dance school to the church building. It was during this move that I realised I could use my skills to fill this very special place again with young new life. I began New Generation as a way for young people to discover and explore Christianity, God and the Bible through dance, drama and song. It became incredibly popular very quickly. For 12 years now, between 40-50 children and teenagers have attended weekly Saturday afternoon workshops. We hold family services, present plays and pantomimes, tour local churches with our work, perform at local venues such as the Hawth Theatre, and further afield such as Sadlers Wells London. We have made mini-films, and enjoy social time at sleepovers, movie nights and parties. St Elizabeths is definitely bursting with life and we have created a whole new church community, full of young people and their families!
This is an incomplete list of New Generation's outreach & discipleship work:
Saturday's 4 – 5.30pm Primary School Age & 4.45 – 6.15pm Secondary School Age.
New members are always welcomed. No previous performing arts experience is necessary. Before you attend for the first time, please get in touch with Louise on 07721 416323 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I really enjoy New Gen because it's a fun church for kids. You can celebrate God in dance, song and drama.
New Gen has helped me grow and maintain a passion for faith that I wouldn't necessarily have at a typical church. I have been coming for about 10 years and I still enjoy it as much as when I first came
I love going to New Generation every week. We learn about God. I get to mix with lots of my friends and the services are lots of fun. Thank you Louise for spending lots of time with us.
I come to New Gen as I am able to feel comfortable in being myself around a group of people who have become like family to me. Over the past 7 years I have been able to push my boundaries and grow in confidence in everything I do. I feel as if the person I am today has been shaped and formed by the happenings at New Gen.