Chain reaction is a Christian youth movement. It is modelled on a ministry called King’s Kids International – Which is a youth and children’s ministry arm of Youth With A Mission. Kings Kids started in 1976 with the goal of leading children and teens into a proven knowledge of God partnering with them to see the good news about Jesus communicated to the world.
Primarily it is a ministry that focuses on discipleship. It encourages young people to have an intimate and exciting relationship with God and from that point be energised by the Holy Spirit to tell others.
Kings Kids came to Australia in 1986, The first Kings Kids team was sent from YWAM Canberra to participate at the America’s Cup outreach in Perth in 1987. (Sandra Winslade was part of that team.)
After Sandra and Tim Winslade were married in 1988, they took up the Kings Kids banner in Tasmania with many successful camps and teams. From 1992 until 2000, Tim was the national director of King’s Kids in Australia, with many YWAM bases and local churches participating in the network.
In Jan 2008, the Winslades went on a King’s Kids outreach in Auckland, New Zealand. At this stage, Jordan, Benji, Ryan and Brooke were excited and encourages to reconnect with something that they grew up doing. On returning to Australia, they felt to ask their friends to be part of King’s Kids like group, which eventually was called Chain Reaction. At that stage, Chain Reaction was supported by the Winslade’s church in Nowra.
When the Winslades moved to Canberra in 2010, Sandra and Benji felt God led them to restart Chain Reaction in the new location. Initially it was supported by Weston Creek Uniting Church but it wasn’t long before it became a partnership between Weston Creek UC and YWAM in Canberra.
Since the first small outreach to Tasmania in Dec 2010 with 7 people apart from the Winslades, the ministry has now grown to include well over 150 young people and their families in the network, from ACT, NSW, VIC & TAS. In addition, there are several churches who are involved in networking together to see their young people challenged and equipped to be more effective in their own relationship with God and sharing this with others.
In Jan 2011, two outreach teams were sent out from Canberra. One to Vanuatu to help build water tanks in remote villages and the other a road trip outreach to Parkes for the Elvis Festival and Orange.
Chain Reaction Gold Coast officially started with an outreach on the Gold Coast in January, 2014. Over 60 people participated in the two week event, including a bus load from Canberra, focusing on training and ministry opportunities from Brisbane to the Northern Rivers of NSW.
In October, 2014 Tim & Sandra Winslade moved from Canberra to the Gold Coast to take over as pastor for Ashmore UC, The Church of the Good Shepherd, they, along with Jordan Winslade, are helping to support and build up the GC team as they look to the future.
2015 saw Chain Reaction Gold Coast’s first outreach without the help of the Canberra team.
In January 2016 two teams were sent out. One did ministry in the Gold Coast and northern rivers area; another got involved in outreach in Cherbourg and Toowoomba.
Jan 2017 involved an outreach in the Manly West (Brisbane area), based at Bayside Uniting Church.
In 2018 we had the opportunity to run two outreaches. The annual January outreach started with the boot camp at ‘The Log Cabin’ in Numinbah Valley, QLD followed by two outreach teams ministering in Maryborough and Toowoomba.
During Easter 2018 the Commonwealth Games came to the Gold Coast. Every nation from the Commonwealth was represented by both athletes and spectators. ‘Beyond Gold’ organised a large scale outreach effort involving churches, YWAM and dozens of other organisations. Chain Reaction was involved with a week- long outreach, partnering with a team from YWAM Newcastle. The team was heavily involved with the World Record effort for the World’s Longest Prayer Chain as an outreach tool.
In September 2018 CR GC held its first Leadership Retreat in Caloundra, Sunshine Coast for a weekend of empowering some of our young leaders in their gifts and talents; encouraging them in their ability to lead in their areas of influence.
The 2019 January Outreach once again began at ‘The Log Cabin’, Numinbah Valley and sent out teams to Country NSW (Orange) and Country QLD (St George). In both of these places God brought about some amazing connections and teams did building projects, coordinated kids and youth programs, ran church services and were a great blessing to the local communities.
During the October long weekend we travelled down to Moree, NSW as a team of 20 excited and ready to partner with All Saints Anglian Church to serve the local community. We felt so warmly welcomed into the community of believers there and build wonderful friendships across the weekend.
On Saturday morning we joined with the local churches to run a free family festival in the park. Together we were able to run group games, woodwork, face painting, craft, balloons, jumping castle, free BBQ, live music and puppets. As a faith step the church had purchased 250 sausages but after an emergency Woolies run, nearly 400 snags were given away! During the festival our team was able to connect with local families through conversations and lots of fun!
People were absolutely blown away by the generosity of the church in hosting such an event. That afternoon, we had the opportunity to travel 20 minutes out of town to Sophie and James’ cotton farm. Our team spent 2 hours helping on the farm with jobs such as stick picking, siphoning and concreting. It was such an honour to be able to support and love these local farmers who have been battling through the drought.
Afterwards we had a delicious picnic dinner under the stars! On Sunday we were able to serve in 3 services at All Saints Anglian Church through worship, testimonies and kids church! It was awesome having some of the younger members of our team step out in running games or by giving a testimony! During the afternoon we were able to invest into the local children’s church leaders through a puppet workshop as well as a teaching and ministry time on hearing God’s Voice.
It was an incredibly impactful weekend for everyone and it’s very exciting to see how God will continue to us in connection with the churches of Moree!
January 2020 will include teams heading to St George and Byron Bay.