the beginning, this department was called “Youth and Sunday School
Department”. The Sunday school was
initiated by Robert Raikes with the aim of teaching poor children to read, to
write and to learn the word of God.
1844, Mr. George William gathered youth in industries to teach them the word of
God. He later named the organization of youth the “Young Men Christian
Association” (YMCA). In 1861, Sister Emma Kinnard established a women’s
association called the “Young Women Christian Association” (YWCA) with the
purpose of singing, playing piano and house working. In 1875, these two associations joined to
become one group. In 1959, the
association entered Tanganyika and was called the “Young Christian Association”
Moravian Church accepted this association as its member in 1958 at the Synod of
Msangano Mbozi. At that time, the head
office was in Rungwe and the two provinces (Southern Province and South-West
Province) were not yet divided. The association became the unit “Youth” under
the Christian Education Department in 1976 with the birth of the Moravian
Church in Tanzania South West Province.
Youth Unit is divided into two parts. The first group is called Youth A and covers young people between
13 and 25 years old. The second group is called Youth B and includes people from 26 to 45 years old and all married
persons (regardless of age).
Goal I: to prepare young
people to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to spread the gospel.
Goal II: to develop the roots
of a spiritual life in the youth through worship and Bible studies (privately
and in groups).
Goal III: to
develop unity among youth in the Church of Unitas Fratrum and to cooperate with
youth of other churches within and outside the country.
Goal IV: to encourage
youth to be faithful, to teach them about Christian leadership, and to grow and
develop Christianity in their lives.
Goal V: to encourage and allow youth to enjoy music, games and drama.
Goal VI: to have the right to sing worship as a group in the Church.
Goal VII: to
help youth to be economically self-reliant.