Friday, 25 May 2018

25 May - 1 June

Coming up next week... 
Hello, it's been an amazing week having a superb work experience placement known as the one and only Hazzy (this is the last time I let Hazzy contribute to the blog). Next week is half term so the youth work is taking a break. Relax and enjoy the half term, below are some things you need to know: 





Cell Groups  
Because of half term there will be no Cell groups meeting next week, but they all start back again the week beginning 4th June. 


Friday Pathfinders (Younger) 
Tonight (25th May) is summer themed with a cheeky bit of Aunt Sally with a side of limbo and high jump. There will be no pathfinders next week so we can all sit at home and watch Netflix under a blanket eating ice cream and look forward to it all starting again after half term.



Friday Pathfinders (Older)
We have to apologise that there will be no court night tonight (25th May) because Josh and Aidan have not quite put the finishing touches on their masterpiece of planning. Instead it will be farm night and we will be playing all sorts of farm themed games so come with a straw hat and a yeehawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.  



Sunday Pathfinders 
Sundaya Pathfinders is on this week (27th May) it is on Ephesians 2:11-22 and is being led by Olly and Graham. 

CYFA
There is no CYFA this week but we will be back next week! 

Sad Soul Survivor Statement
Yesterday we had a Soul Survivor fundraising meeting here is a summary of what you need to know: 

  • Much more fundraising needs to take place so please think of different ideas on how to make money and organise it before contacting Olly.
  • Payment of £30 for people who want onesies this year needs to be given to Olly by the 10th June so an order can be placed. If people are able to raise enough funds to cover the cost of their onesie then the money will be refunded to them. 
  • Payment of £18 for our personalised jumpers needs to be made by 10th June as well. Again, like with the onesies, anyone who is able to raise enough money to cover the cost of their trip and their jumper will have this money refunded to them. 


On another note, today Soul Survivor made a sad announcement, Soul Survivor 2019 will be their final festival. They feel God has spoken and it is time for them set the festival aside. So let's make these next two years the best yet and pray for a bigger and brighter future. 


Contact
If you want to know what is happening week-to-week in the youth work, you are already in the right place (well done you). But, if you need to contact us about anything else, feel free to get in touch using these:

Phone: 07539747237
Email: youth.stleonards@gmail.com
Facebook page: @stleonardsyoutheynsham


Thursday, 17 May 2018

18th - 25th May

Coming up next week... 
After a very busy week this week, next week looks slightly less busy for us at St. Leonard's Youth. Don't worry though, there is still lots happening. Something to look out for in next week's blog will be consent forms for our Aqua Park trip, for more information about what that is, have a look here. Anyway, back to this week's blog, have a look below to find out what what is going on next week. 






Cell Groups  
Most cell groups will not be meeting this week because your dutiful leaders are all attending some Cell Leaders training to hone and improve their already outrageously good cell leading skills... (expect photos of us working hard in next weeks blog). 

There is however one exception, Year 9 Cell will still be meeting next week (21st May) to make up for missing one on the 7th May for Bank Holiday. 



Friday Pathfinders (Younger) 
There is no Friday Pathfinders this week (18th May) :'(. But don't worry we are back next week (25th May) for an excellent session of Aunt Sally over on the churches newly acquired aunt sally pitch. If you don't know what Aunt Sally is, be prepared to be wowed and amazed... 







Friday Pathfinders (Older)
To give you chance to recover from eating all that chocolate, we are not having any Friday Pathfinders this week (18th May). Next week (25th May) is to be confirmed but brace yourself, it's going to be brilliant...






Sunday Pathfinders 
This Sunday (20th May), Sunday Pathfinders will be looking at Pentecost in Acts 2:1-21. We have a special guest leader and everything this week. Make sure you are there to find out who. 


CYFA
CFYA is on this week (20th May) being led by Nick and Claire and its all about 'How to be a Christian when its boring...' despite the name, I can promise you an interesting session


Baptism/Confirmation prep this Sunday (20th May)! 
If you are wanted to get baptised or confirmed this year then we are running baptism/confirmation preparation sessions for the next 2 Sundays at 4pm in the church. Contact Olly or Duncan if you would like more information. 


Contact
If you want to know what is happening week-to-week in the youth work, you are already in the right place (well done you). But, if you need to contact us about anything else, feel free to get in touch using these:

Phone: 07539747237
Email: youth.stleonards@gmail.com
Facebook page: @stleonardsyoutheynsham

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

11th - 18th May

Coming up next week... 
Hello! Long time no blog. Don't worry, the blog is back to normal, the young pretenders have had their shot and now normal service resumes. This week is pretty full some cells are socialising, others are working hard! Both Friday Pathfinders are sort of going back in time, although one will have a lot more chocolate than the other and Sunday is all about Grace. Have a look below to find out more. 




Cell Groups  
Cell groups are a mixed bag next week so keep your eyes peeled for the ones that apply to you.
Year 7 & 8 Cell will be looking at The very Basics of Christianity, Part 2. Action Stations!
Year 9 Cell will be looking at The very Basics of Christianity, Part 1; thinking about core beliefs in the Christian faith. 
Year 10 Cell will be going on a trip into Witney to watch Avengers Infinity War at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm showing. People are making their own way there. 
Year 11 Cell  being the mavericks that they are, will be doing their own thing.
Year 12 Cell will be looking at The very Basics of Christianity, Part 2. Action Stations!
Year 13 Cell will be having a BBQ...






Reminder: Year 10 cell will be on Thursday (17th May) in Witney for 7.15pm. 


Friday Pathfinders (Younger) 
This week (11th May), we are stepping into the time machine and having a Medieval Night. Get ready to don your armour, do some jousting and try not to catch the plague! 






Next week (18th May) there is no normal Friday Pathfinders. One of our own Hannah Gundry is hosting a curry and quiz night. Friday Pathfinders are invited to attend, if you would like to know more, please get in touch. 


Friday Pathfinders (Older)
Tonight (14th May) is chocolate and classic games. Get ready to stuff yourself with delicious, delicious chocolate and then use all that sugar to think up some classic games that you are keen to re-live! 




Next week (18th May) there is no normal Older Friday Pathfinders. One of our own Hannah Gundry is hosting a curry and quiz night. Friday Pathfinders are invited to attend, if you would like to know more, please get in touch. 

Sunday Pathfinders 
This Sunday (13th May), Sunday Pathfinders will be looking at Ephesians 2:1-10 and thinking about what it means to be Saved by Grace (the concept, not the person).


CYFA
There is no CYFA this Sunday (13th May). After a fantastically productive planning session you will see the fruits of your labour next Sunday (20th May).


Baptism/Confirmation prep this Sunday (13th May)! 
If you are wanted to get baptised or confirmed this year then we are running baptism/confirmation preparation sessions for the next 3 Sundays at 4pm in the church. Contact Olly or Duncan if you would like more information. 


Contact
If you want to know what is happening week-to-week in the youth work, you are already in the right place (well done you). But, if you need to contact us about anything else, feel free to get in touch using these:

Phone: 07539747237
Email: youth.stleonards@gmail.com
Facebook page: @stleonardsyoutheynsham

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Friday, 4 May 2018

4th - 11th May

Coming up next week... 
Good Evening or Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to this week's blog!
Now, I don't know how good your last week was, but I can tell you that this week will be even better, as we have a bucket load of fun and exciting stuff heading right your way!

With Cell groups looking at some in depth meaty topics, Younger Friday Pathfinders celebrating a very special day, Older Friday Pathfinders blessing the rains down in 'You Know Where', and Sunday Pathfinders diving right back into their bibles yet again, boy have we got a week for you!

My name is Jake, and this... is the Blog.



Cell Groups  
In the Wonderful World of Cell, we have everyone very busy!
Year 7, 8, 10 and 11 Cell Will be looking at The very Basics of Christianity, does it really make as much sense as we think?
Year 9 Cell because it is Bank Holiday, year 10 cell will not be meeting, but they will catch up by having a session when other cells aren't meeting. 
Year 12 Cell will be doing the second half of Christianity the Basics, surely it can't be that basic if there are two halves?
Year 13 Cell will be doing Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit...





Reminder: Year 10 cell will be on Wednesday (9th May) from 8:15-9:30. 


Friday Pathfinders (Younger) (4th May)
Bring your Party Poppers, Party Horns and Birthday Cheer because this week we are celebrating the birth and subsequent life of none other than Archie Marshall. You better scratch up your knowledge of Archie's life because whoever knows him best will be in for a better chance at Birthday Prizes!


Next week we are going back in time, back to the age of Swords, Plagues and Rat Infestations! That's right, next week is Medieval Night!


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Friday Pathfinders (Older) (4th May)
Tonight we travel to a distant land of Wakka Wakkas, Wakanda Forevers and very blessed Rains, tonight we travel to Africa! Prepare to have your minds blown by boiled starch as we embrace the incredible cultures of our friends near the Equator!






Next week (11th May), you better get your groove on because it's time to hit the dance floor in our one and only Pathfinders Dance Night!


Sunday Pathfinders 
This week we're having a good look at our old friend Paul's letter to the Ephesians. What truly was Paul's prayer for the Church?


CYFA


Time to get your heads into planning mode as we reflect on the Term just gone and start to ask the big questions in preparation for the term to happen! This time CYFA, the future is yours to decide!

Congratulations on the Confirmations!
We open this short break in the Blog to congratulate Josh and Josh (Soanes and Tyler, respectively) on their conformations last week! Huge rounds of applause to you both!








Baptism Sunday (17th June)! 
Get ready for the Dunking! On the 17th of June we shall be seeing a fair few of our church family being chucked in a puddle in the name of Christ (Aka Baptism). We look forward to seeing their fresh dedications and sodden faces.

Hannah Gundry's Fundraising Quiz!
There are only 3 great things in this world, and two of them are Quizzes and Curry. So why not have both at Hannah Gundry's Fundraising Quiz, happening May the 18th! Test your knowledge and have some great food at only a £10 advance fee!
It even goes towards a great cause as Hannah heads off to Delhi to work with Disadvantaged Women and Children, so not only do you get great food, you get to support a fantastic individual heading off to do fantastic things!
Contact Hannah Gundry for more Details.

We are planning to all go to this rather than having Pathfinders on that day so if money is an issue then feel free to contact Olly and we can try sort something out for you!

A Departing Member!
Are you reading this blog asking yourself "Who is this incredible fellow who writes blogs so well? When will he write again?" Then firstly my name is Jake and secondly this is both a first and last experience for the both of us.
For those who don't know my name is Jacob McCobb and I have voluntarily worked for this youth group for just over a year now, it has been an incredible year where I have learned so much about this Church's incredible youth ministry and the brilliant young people that attend our events. But like all things in life, we must spread our wings and leave home eventually.
On the 10th of May I leave for New York where I will be working with a Charity called Dreambikes, who supply jobs to young people in their bike shops so that they can get training and education which will help them find better jobs in the future.
For the Parents of the Young People who I have worked with, Thank you for bringing these incredible young people who have taught me so much about leadership and equally for friends and leaders reading this you have all been incredible in supporting me and helping my realise how much I love youth work.

Many Thanks to all of you and I will see many of you at Soul Survivor in August!




For those of you who are particularly interested in what I will be doing in my trip feel free to contact me at Jacob@Mccobb.com.

Contact
Do you love our Youth Work?
Do you love writing really detailed emails depicting your every in depth question about what we do?
Do you often feel like the blog makes zero sense and someone needs to explain gibberish as soon as possible?
Well then you're in luck, because we have the perfect solution!
Not just a phone number but also an E-Mail address just for you to send both your smallest and largest of questions to!
Not only do we have the contact details for these things but once you contact them we can confirm that an almost bald old man (oi watch it Jakey boy, ed.) named Olly Shaw will be there just for you to answer all of your heart's desires! (Provided they're relevant to the youth work of course)
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Phone: 07539747237
Email: youth.stleonards@gmail.com
Facebook page: @stleonardsyoutheynsham

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