Please fill us with your spirit of love.
Help us to see the world as you do,
to judge with your heart, and to act with
the strength and courage you have shown us
as we work to transform our world
The YCS Creed outlines the core values of the movement, and what we as students believe in as our mission. It articulates our faith in a way that can be as the basis of a prayer at the beginning or the end of meetings.
As Young Christian Students we believe in God. We believe that God created the universe and that we, as part of God’s creation, are invited to help complete God’s plan.
We believe that the earth has been entrusted to us, to care for, to nurture and to respect. People, as God’s creation, have a dignity and worth beyond measure, and deserve to be treated with respect and understanding.
We believe the Holy Spirit empowers us to live active lives following the example of Jesus Christ. We do this through communicating our thoughts, opinions and emotions and accepting and loving each other unconditionally. We believe that our schools should promote these values through encouraging students to form and question their own opinions and beliefs, and treating each student as a worthwhile individual who has unique needs and talents. Our schools should educate for life. And we believe that Jesus calls us to live through actions, not just words.
Acknowledgement of Country
All meetings and YCS run events should begin with an acknowledgement to country. This is because YCS: “Respects the indigenous cultures of the world, and the contribution they have made to our shared history and will continue to make to our development. We are aware of the suffering caused by displacement, and will work to ensure equality and justice for all people.”
Do some research to find out who the traditional owners are for your area. Once you have found this out, you can insert their name and use the following acknowledgement, or something similar.
“I’d like to begin by acknowledging the _________ people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we are gathered. To acknowledge our gratitude that we share this land today, our sorrow for the costs of that sharing, and our hope that we can move to a place of justice and partnership together.”
Teach me to be generous,
to serve you as you deserve to be served,
to give without counting the cost,
to fight without counting the wounds,
to work without seeking rest,
and to spend my life without expecting any other return
than the knowledge that I do your holy will.
Thank you for the many gifts you have given to me,
even though I have done nothing to deserve them.
Give me the wisdom to see myself, to see others, and to see the world
with your eyes,
the eyes of Jesus, your Son.
In all my encounters, give me the compassion to feel what those on all
sides are feeling,
especially those who are poor or suffering.
Give me the strength and courage of the Holy Spirit to change what is not
in your plan
of love, justice, mercy and peace.
And give me the faith to know that all my successes and failures come
and that they bring neither glory nor shame to me.
Thank you for the food before us and the company beside us.
Please help us to be grateful for these gifts and consider those in need.