Hello again. First of all I need to apologise for not blogging in so long! I had written one for February but for some reason, didn't publish it. You can be transported back in time and read about what we got up to in February in the previous post before this one.
The beginning of March saw the epic trip to Viney Hill for the Youth Weekend Away. We had 39 young people, 9 leaders, 4 cooking staff, 3 mini-buses and a partridge in a pear tree (I lied about that bit - there were no birds. Or trees.) It was SO MUCH fun! We arrived on the Friday night, set up our stuff, unpacked, had hot chocolate, played games, and eventually went to bed. Saturday saw some team challenges, an afternoon of activities (caving, raft building, or crate stacking and a low ropes course), a night hike and of course a camp fire. Then on Sunday we had a church service (after a delicious cooked breakfast), packing, loading up mini buses, a couple more rounds of tray bash, some creme egg eating and then the journey home. I think everyone agreed that it was fantastic. The young people threw themselves into the activities and it was great to see them working together. There was also an atmosphere of being like a family with everybody looking out for everybody else, times for praying together and loads of encouragement. I think I'm right in saying we spent the next week catching up on sleep!!
We have had project night this term with the younger Pathfinders for 3 weeks. We gave the young people 4 options to choose from; knitting, magic, filming or woodwork. Everybody seemed to enjoy learning a new skill and what was produced was excellent.
On 28th March we held an introduction to Christianity evening. This replaced ordinary Pathfinders sessions but we opened it up to everybody who would normally attend. About 20 young people came, which was great! It was an opportunity for us to tell them about the basic message of Christianity, the Pathfinders leaders to share testimonies, answer some of the questions the young people had, and have some discussion. It seemed to go really well and there has been encouraging feedback.
We are about to finish for the Easter holidays, but it would be great if you could continue praying for the youth work here at St Leonards. Some specific requests would be:
- the finances
- fundraising for Soul Survivor
- the next term as it can be extremely busy with exams coming up and the end of the school year approaching
- a potential future mission trip to Moldova, which is very exciting!
Thank you for your continued support. I'm now going to publish this blog while I remember! Have a lovely Easter.
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Hellooooo. I can't believe how much time has passed since the last blog.
Olly, Jo, Beth and I went on retreat a couple of weekends ago to Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest where Soul Survivor were holding their annual SoulNet retreat for youth workers. It was a fantastic weekend with lots of interesting talks and plenty of time to just worship and be with God. We all felt refreshed coming back, although not much sleeping happened with all the "enforced fun" that Olly insisted on!! It was a lot of fun though, especially playing Pigeon Ball in the pool, going round and round the rapids and spending Monday afternoon in the spa relaxing. Again, we felt that God had things to say to us and were all struck again by his power and what he can do if we have faith!
This term we have lots coming up within the youth work, as always. There is the youth celebration service this Sunday, the 16th February, at 6pm. Following the success of the last one, we're all looking forward to seeing what the young people can put together this time and having some time to worship and respond to God.
The youth weekend away is also creeping ever closer. In just two weeks we will be at Viney Hill with a group of around 40 young people. We're praying that the weather will pick up before then, but no doubt a bit of rain will not dampen our spirits, we might just have to light the camp fire inside (I'm kidding!)
The fundraising for Soul Survivor is going really well. So far we have had a promise auction and a couple of cake sales as well as starting our epic sponsored swim! If you are interested in donating or sponsoring us, or if you would like to come to Soul Survivor, do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Olly on 07885914033.
If you would like to find out more about the youth work that's happening in Eynsham visit our website: stleonardsyouth.co.uk or pop into the church office/give us a call and we're always happy to have a chat!
That's all from us for now. Stay safe and dry!