New Generation Performing Arts

New Generation Performing Arts was founded in 2005, by Louise Ryrie at St Elizabeths Church, Northgate, Crawley.

New Generation

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!

Louise

Outreach & Discipleship work

This is an incomplete list of New Generation's outreach & discipleship work:

  • Performing the Passion of Jesus before an audience of thousands at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London
  • Performing Christian music and dance multiple times to audiences of 800+ in shows at the Hawth Theatre Crawley
  • Interviews on Premier Christian Radio and Southern Counties Radio
  • Articles in ‘Inspire’ and ‘Woman Alive’ magazines
  • Awards won for community work through ‘Inspire’ and Crawley Community Arts
  • Palm Sunday Bike Rides
  • AOK Days held at St Elizabeth
  • Befriending elderly folk in the community & holding services at local care homes
  • Performing with Crawley's Hindu Community at the Hawth as part of their Diwali celebrations
  • Taking our work out on tour to many different churches
  • Prayerful Pilates sessions
  • ‘Eternally Yours’ Ecumenical Easter celebration at the Hawth Theatre, involving churches and schools from across Crawley. On stage, the Easter story unfolded before our eyes. Drama sketches, dances, large-scale art and musical contributions, pauses for thought and prayers from church leaders from across the town...

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 louiseryrieschool@gmail.com

Event

  • September: Harvest Service
  • October: ‘Mix The Generations’ Tea Party
  • November: ‘Celebration of Light Party’
  • November: Advent relaxation & prayer service
  • Christmas Eve: Christingle & Family Nativity Service
  • 12 April: Eternally Yours at the Hawth
  • May: Bible Reading Festival

Testimonials

I really enjoy New Gen because it's a fun church for kids. You can celebrate God in dance, song and drama.

V, age 12

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

Y, age 14

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.

S, age 9

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.