Born out of the zeal of Mrs. Nike Solanke, the youth who had outgrown the children Sunday school were gathered together for Sunday meetings, the first of which was held at the committee room atop the church hall. With the additional efforts of Mr. Lanre Fayiga, by 1986, the youth already had a thriving weekly Sunday service meeting. The efforts of Chief Mrs. Nike Ladipo, the late Mr. Soji Anjorin and other committed leaders cannot be forgotten easily because these people served the Lord and contributed immensely to the growth and development of the youth in all ramifications. The class has grown tremendously over the years through weekly fellowship and in the organization of seminars, workshops and prayer meetings. The youth class enjoyed the support of all the past and present priests.
The youth class has consistently been in the league of youths in the Diocese of Ibadan and is recognized for its unique and dynamic roles in youth development programmes. On two different occasions, the Archbishop of Ibadan, His Grace, Most Revd J. Akinfenwa visited the Youth Class during her worship sessions and expressed his delight in the way and manner the group organizes its programmes.
On the average, the youth class hosts 170 young men and women every Sunday with about 650 members on its membership list. This is indeed the work of God in St. Anne’s Church, Ibadan, having the largest gathering of youths in the Anglican Communion around. The membership is derived mainly from the well-structured Sunday school department that raises students from the junior secondary school and graduates them into the youth class. Over the last few years, membership has grown as young people from various churches associate with the class because of its flexibility and the way the word of God is planted in the hearts of members.
Though, with numerous challenges encountered over the years, one great assurance is that God promised to make the youth His ensign to this world and His blessed inheritance. The youth class organizes free tutorial classes for students, gives to the needy, evangelizes the lost, comforts the depressed, rejoices with the happy and encourages obedience to Biblical injunction. All by His Grace, St. Anne’s Church is blessed – “Ise Oluwa, ko le baje o”.