The YMCA (Young Peoples’ Christian Association)
is a non-denominational Christian youth association. Anyone can take part in the program: boys, girls, women and men from all social, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. Moreover the YMCA work has connected the generations from her first hour on – all persons from young to old belong to the YMCA without a question.
Four associations in Nuremberg
In the City of Nuremberg we engage ourselves with the same goals in different city quarters through four associations. We see this as our special strength in our YMCA work. Being close to the people we strive to address as many as possible with our offers. Volunteer work is of significant importance. Volunteers and staff work together as partners. More than 250 volunteers and around 20 staff apply their strength, time and money at the YMCA for the people of Nuremberg.
How we work
We work in the fields of children and youth, teenagers, young adults, as well as marriage, families, singles and elderly. Over 90 exchange and program groups are offered for different age groups.
With and for these groups we prepare YMCA free-time programs, special events and trips. The offers are designed to meet each other and help foster understanding and respect for one another. The work of the YMCA is holistic. The YMCA sees people as a unity of spirit, soul and body in a relationship to himself, other people, the creation and to God. The Christian faith can be experienced through personal help and care in all programs in a practical way.
Where we belong to
The YMCA Nuremberg is part of the German YMCA (with around 330.000 members) and hereby also part of the world-wide network of YMCAs, which reaches more than 58 million people in more than 121 countries. As an association we are members of the Kreisjugendring Nuremberg through the evangelical youth.
House full of Live – YMCA of Nuremberg
This site wants you to receive a first impression of the different YMCA’s associations in Nuremberg. We would like to meet you in one of the many offered events, where you can experience us and our motivations. Surely you’ll find something what is worth the try and money can’t buy. For example comfort food, sense, attention, community and many more.
- The worldwide YMCA is a multi-confessional, Christian Youth Association. In the YMCA Nuremberg Christians of the Protestant, Catholic and Free Church are engaged.
- To work in an honorary capacity is of great importance to us. Volunteers and employees work closely together. More than 250 volunteers and 11 employees apply themselves, their time, money and energy to Nuremberg’s citizens.
- The YMCA Nuremberg offers groups to children and teenager, young adults, for spouses, families, singles and seniors. More than 80 groups to chat and join are offered to people of every age. On their behalf and in cooperation with these people we develop and prepare YMCA camps, special events and voyages.
To take part in these many programmes is open to men and women of all social, ethnic, cultural and religious background. It’s these programmes that help people to appreciate and respect each other.
- Especially young adults, youths and children experience the love of god being treated with care and companionship and invited to believe in Jesus Christ.
- The YMCA is aware of and regarding that a human is an entity of spirit, soul and body, in its relationship to itself, other humans, to God’s creation and to God.
- Aiming all of this, in Nuremberg’s city region seven associations in different parts of the city engage themselves. We consider this cooperation to be our strong point, so six out of seven associations now cooperate in the whole city. Close to people we want to reach as many as possible.
Young Men`s Christian Association of Nuremberg
In 1898 established a bible study group the YMCA Nuremberg. Branching associations spread over many districts. Like its predecessors the YMCA didn’t want to accept young men getting into trouble. After moving repeatedly, the YMCA built its own house at Sterntor in 1908.
1914-1918 At the beginning of World War I the YMCAs in Nuremberg were as euphoric as the rest of the country. In 1918 many were disenchanted due to friends fallen in war. Disillusioned the new generation averted the military.
1919-1933 Rebuilding and period of prosperity: Young men from all over the city met at the YMCA. To deal with all of them, the number of employed secretaries and volunteers increased. Camps with the YMCA became popular. Hundreds of high school pupils assembled in Bible study groups. The YMCA helped with feeding, social housing and programs for the unemployed. At the end of the 20s the YMCA was the biggest youth association in town.
1933-1945 Phasing and collapse: The opinion towards the National Socialism was not the same. No political resistance against the Nazis arose out of the YMCA, but a clear dissociation from the „Deutsche Christen,“ who were loyal to Hitler. This resistance rooted in Jesus Christ who was bravely witnessed. Many young men fell in war, Nuremberg was destroyed, including the meeting points for the YMCA. The YMCA’s work was back to square one..
since 1945: Soon after the war the YMCA youth work started again. To reassure the close connection of the YMCA World Alliance with the German YMCA and to promise financial support the YMCA World Alliance president John Mott came to visit the bombed Nuremberg in 1947. In 1961 the YMCA moved from Sterntor to its new house at the Kornmarkt. Since this time the YMCA developed its profile as a lively Christian movement in Nuremberg.
2. The City Nuremberg / Nürnberg
… boasts of a unique mixture of tradition and modern trend. Both people born here and people who move here appreciate its extraordinary quality of life. Nuremberg is a modern city with 500,000 inhabitants, and the center of a prospering European metropolitan region with 2.5 million inhabitants. At the same time the almost one thousand years of history is still obvious in its cityscape.
Integration and Migration – The City of Nuremberg started its inter-cultural work 30 years ago and has built bridges between different ethnic groups. The integration of all immigrants and their families is a challenge for our society.
City of Human Rights – Nuremberg has been dealing with its role in history during the National Socialist era in a pro-active way. The city, in 1933 declared „City of the Party Rallies“ by Adolf Hitler, set itself the task of becoming a „City of Peace and Human Rights“, working for tolerance and human rights.
Pact for Families – Nuremberg is an amiable city where people of all generations feel at home. The Pact for Families is an initiative supported by a wide variety of social groups, aimed at making Nuremberg even more attractive for families.
Christmas City – numerous visitors come every year to the world-famous „Christkindles“-Market
3. The YMCA of Germany is…
…the biggest Christian-ecumenical youth league in Germany
…meeting point for 330.000 young associates in 2.200 leagues
…non-party, impartial to denomination and generation-spanning
The National Association of the YMCA in Germany
(German: CVJM-Gesamtverband in Deutschland) is the umbrella organization of the Christian youth work carried out under the names of „CVJM“ (YMCA), „ejw“ (Evangelical Youth Movement) and „CJD“ (Christian Youth Village Movement). The YMCA in Germany looks back at a history of more than 150 years. The National Association is the union of 13 independent member associations, 11 of which are regional YMCA movements, the other two – the Urban YMCAs (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der CVJM) and the CJD (Christian Youth Village Movement) – work nationwide. The main function of the National Association (or YMCA Germany) is to promote and foster the cooperation between its member movements, to coordinate activities and to represent and lobby for the interests of the YMCA and the youth in Germany in general before the federal government and state institutions, the churches and the public at large on national level. The YMCA-headquarter with the YMCA-University is in Kassel.
As YMCA Nuremberg we are member of the YMCA of Bavaria and the Urban YMCAs. We cooperate in different programs with the CJD Nuremberg and our neighboring YMCAs.
All be One – the Global Perspective
To live brotherhood and friendship in the worldwide YMCA network is one of the basics of the YMCA work and rooted in the motto of the World Alliance: „that all of them may be one“ (Jesus prays for all believers John 17,21).
As an international social service organization, YMCA Nuremberg maintain friendly communication and cooperation with YMCA of the Romania, China, Colombia, Peru, Kenya, South Africa and others.
The partnerships to the Chinese YMCAs in Guangzhou and Hong Kong and the Romanian YMCA Domus are in the main focus of our connections.
The history of the Young Men’s Christian Association dates back to the year 1844, when, George Williams founded the first YMCA in London. His aim was to give young men orientation for their lives through faith in Jesus Christ while living in the big city. Within a few years, a worldwide movement emerged from this idea.
Only 11 years later, in 1855, the World Alliance of YMCAs was founded in Paris. The World Alliance of YMCAs is the earliest and largest international youth movement in the world, represented in more than 128 countries.There are more than 12,000 local associations and 45 million members worldwide.
5. Mission of the YMCA of Nuremberg
The continuing basis of the work and witness of the YMCA is expressed in the Paris Basis, as adopted by the delegates of the First World Conference in Paris in 1855, and reaffirmed by the 6th World Council of YMCAs in Kampala/Ugande in 1973:
„The Young Men’s Christian Associations seek to unite those young men who, regarding Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour, according to the Holy Scriptures, desire to be his disciples in their faith and in their life, and to associate their efforts for the extension of his Kingdom amongst young men.
Any differences of opinion on other subjects, however important in themselves, shall not interfere with the harmonious relations of the constituent members and associates of the World Alliance.“
In addition to the Paris Basis declares the German YMCA:
„YMCA developed as an association of young males. However today it is an association open to men and women of all nations and ethnics, denomination and social background. They are of whom the worldwide YMCA today consists. The ‘Paris Basis’ is applied in each German YMCA for the work with young people.“
1. Inviting to believe – Evangelization
We desire to help people in our city experience God´s love. We believe that God´s spirit moves people to believe. We create an atmosphere, where people can get in touch with God. We invite people to a personal relationship with God. We express our faith through words and acts. It‘s the YMCA‘s mission to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ and what he can do in everyone‘s life. We dedicate ourselves to assist the growth of the whole person with spirit, mind and body, to reach a harmonious union of body and soul.
Everyone is welcome to join the programs and activities:
Evangelistic Campaigns like ProChrist or JesusHouse
Cultural Events (Gospel Drama, Musicals, Worship, Dance, Arts)
Christian Services for Youth and Young Adults
Bible Study Groups and Seminaries
Gospel Camps and Outdoor Activities
Devotions and Prayers in all Programs and Social Services
2. Social Responsibility
We serve our city, because we are blessed by God. Because of Jesus’ love we care for individuals. We invite to experience a multifaceted community. We see people through their vital issues. We offer Christian values as orientation and engage in public and political matters. We call on people to act by the core values of the YMCA, which are care, respect and honesty, and to take up social responsibility in their social service practice. The YMCA Triangle – a symbol for body, soul and spirit – shows that the work of the YMCA serves the human being as a whole.
We offer a great variety of activities:
Immigrant Programs to integrate Foreigners
School Projects and Youth Clubs
Family Activities, Camps and Life Education
Social Training for unemployed Youths
Healthier Life with different Sport & Recreation Programs
Culture Events in our YMCA Lounge & on Festivals
Creative Workshops Educations, Music & Arts
Trainee Program for young Leaders and Internships
Elderly Community Activities
Programs to bring different Generations in Contact
Seminars for married Couples
Y-Home – Project for young Refugees
Club for disabled People
3. Serving Unity
We share God´s heart for unity among Christians. Although we belong to different denominations we live unity within the YMCA. We seek for cooperation among Christians in Nuremberg. As YMCA Nuremberg we are a part of the worldwide YMCA community.
Partnership programs with China and Romania
Ecumenical Programs, Meetings & Events
Connecting different Churches and Denominations
National and International YMCA Networks and Commissions
„I pray that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the wolrd may believe that you have sent me.“ (John 17,21)