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Friday, 28 February 2020

27th Feb - 4th March

Coming up next week... 
Good morning, Good afternoon, Good evening (delete as appropriate). The blog is back and so are we! We have been informed that some people didn't know cells had started this week, so we apologise for that! We are now officially back in full swing and have a busy week ahead of us. Please read on to find out more about what's going on....







Cell Groups
Cell groups are continuing this week. Some groups might have had a social this week, others wont have, but whatever plan your cell is on will be great as Olly wrote it! 

Year 7 cell - Monday 7:15 - 8:30
Year 8 cell - Monday 7:15 - 8:30 
Year 9 cell - Thursday 7:30 - 8:45
Year 10 cell - Thursday 7:30 - 9:00
Year 11 cell - Monday 5:30 - 7:00
Year 12 cell - Friday 5:00 - 6:25 
Year 13 cell - Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00




Younger Friday Pathfinders 
We are back this week (28th Feb) and it is gameshow night. This is a Jake Holton creation and have been assured by the older pathfinders that it was really good.

Next week (Mar 6th) is sleepover night. Still working out the logistics, but it will run from 6:30 till about 9pm. We will have a shorter period for sleepover games, before watching a good film to finish off. 





Older Friday Pathfinders 
This Friday, 28th Feb, it is Disney night. Come prepared to sing along to some serious Disney classics, race like Aladdin on a carpet and put your Disney knowledge to the test.

Next week 6th March, is most likely going to be Taskmaster night, but we do need to confirm this. Go away and watch an episode on Dave so you know what to expect. If not, come anyway as it will still be great!







Sunday Pathfinders 
Sunday Pathfinders this week is being led by Myself and Lisa Pearce and we are continuing our theme of a spiritual declutter, with our focus on power. 

CYFA  
CYFA this week is being led by Olly and Nick and is all about forgiveness



Moldova 
The team have come back from Moldova and they will be sharing in various different groups over the next few weeks, including church and CYFA this week. I am also sure if you ask them, they will tell you all about it. We praise God that the trip was a success and that everybody was kept safe throughout the trip. There will also be a Moldova blog coming soon!

Contact
If you want to know what is happening week-to-week in the youth work, you are already in the right place. But, if you need to contact us about anything else, feel free to get in touch using these (we will try to respond within 48 hours):


Sometimes it is better for members of the St Leonards Alumni not to steal people's phones!

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

Friday, 21 February 2020

Moldova blog 3

Moldova updates

Final update until Olly will provide a more detailed update on how the week has been. Through the week we have had less communication due to the conditions the group have been living in. They have had a great time working with the children and young people in Moldova. 

They have also been having some great time for prayer and individual spiritual development which has been well received by all of our team. 

The team have had their last day today where they have been allowed a rest, and have been exploring the capital city of Chisinau. Having been myself, I know what a great city it is and it will provide an eye opening experience to our team of life in Moldova. 


Prayer Points

Please pray for the relationships that have been created within our own team.

Please also prayer for the relationships they have created with the other church teams, especially Cogges Church from Witney. 

Also pray for safe travel for all those involved. 

Finally, please do pray that this experience will be valuable and that it can have a positive impact on their lives and their relationship with God 








Contact
If you want to know what is happening week-to-week in the youth work, you are already in the right place. But, if you need to contact us about anything else, feel free to get in touch using these (we will try to respond within 48 hours):

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

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Moldova blog 2 18.2.20

Moldova updates

The blog is where you are able to find out about what's going on with our team over in Moldova. I will be updating the blog each day with a few stories, pictures and prayer points from the team themselves. 

The groups sleeping arrangements are more comfortable than first thought, they all have a mattress on a floor with groups sleeping closely together. Showers have been limited to 5 minute per person and the water isn't the warmest. Apparently a comfortable toilet is one of the biggest things people miss so far. 

In terms of the work the group have done, they have been out in the community working with adults and children. They have been touched by the warm welcome they have received from everybody there. Different skills are obviously required for both groups and sometimes our young people have been meeting and talking to people older than them, which is daunting without a language barrier, let alone with one. 

The group have been handing out food parcels to families, often widows. They have been evangelising on the streets handing out bibles , as often bibles are treated very specially, nobody reads them as they are too precious. The group have also been doing some physical work chopping wood and helping a local church to clear out a new venue!

Tomorrow is another day of working with some of the local children!


Prayer Points

Three main prayer points at the moment. 

1) As the trip continues energy levels are slowly depleting so we pray for those to be lifted
2) Some are finding it a challenge to have such levels of engagement with people, to help them and build relationships to simply leave an hour later and not know what comes from their conversations. So we pray that the team can keep that energy up for those conversations
3) During the time left for our teams spiritual development, some of our young people have been grappling with a variety of issues or uncertainties. We pray that they can make sense of what God is saying to them!

I add my own prayer point for the team that they can keep enjoying this experience and make the very most of it!










Contact
If you want to know what is happening week-to-week in the youth work, you are already in the right place. But, if you need to contact us about anything else, feel free to get in touch using these (we will try to respond within 48 hours):

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

Monday, 17 February 2020

Moldova update 17.2.20

Moldova updates

The blog is where you are able to find out about what's going on with our team over in Moldova. I will be updating the blog each day with a few stories, pictures and prayer points from the team themselves. 

On Friday night the group met with the other churches in Bicester before flying to Chisinau (capital city of Moldova) on Saturday morning. They travel went smoothly and all arrived Safely. They had a good meal upon arrival and slept in relatively luxurious conditions (bunkbeds). On Sunday morning they had a small service with the group they have gone too and had a crash course on Moldovan culture. They then took a trip out to view the surrounding area. On Monday they are heading out to a local village where they will be based. They will be delivering food parcels to families and running holiday club style activities for local young people.

Prayer points:
Please pray for the children activities they are running, and that the language barrier doesn't become an issue for them

Please pray for our teams spiritual development as they learn more about their relationship with God

And please pray for the relationships created between the Moldovan people and the team that are out there. We pray that it can be a two way relationship where both sides learn and develop a growing faith.








Contact
If you want to know what is happening week-to-week in the youth work, you are already in the right place. But, if you need to contact us about anything else, feel free to get in touch using these (we will try to respond within 48 hours):

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

Thursday, 13 February 2020

14th-21st Feb

Coming up next week... 
Ahhhh half term is upon us. For those of us for whom that makes a difference, I hope you have got a good week lined up. For those of you for whom it makes no difference, I hope you have a good normal week. As next week is half term for us, most groups will not be running, but we would appreciate prayers for the small group of people who are heading off to Moldova with Reign Ministries. And because this is the last blog of this half term I have included a bumper crop of photos... 






Cell Groups
There will be no cell groups meeting over half term, but we will be back on the w/b 24th Feb! 


Well done to everyone who contributed something for this terms Cell Celebration, you all did an amazing job! 


Younger Older Friday Pathfinders
Tomorrow (14th Feb) there is no Friday Pathfinders as too many of our leaders are away... 







Next week (21st Feb) there is still no Friday Pathfinders :( because it is half term :)!! 

Sunday Pathfinders 
Sunday Pathfinders is back this week and we will be looking at 'Romantic Love'!  

CYFA  
There is no CYFA this Sunday (16th Feb).


Moldova 
Some of us from the youth are taking part in a mission trip to Moldova during February half term. We are setting off on Friday 14th Feb for a week of serving, learning and growing our faith. 

The organisation we are joining with are called Reign Ministries and will be sending out regular photos and updates about the trip. 

If you would like regular updates of what we are doing, along with prayer requests, then please let me know and I will get you signed up.

Weekend Away
There are very few spaces left on the Weekend Away this year, so if you want to come make sure you get yourself booked in soon. Dobbo will also be sending out an email about final payments after half term. 

For a booking form please click Here


In other news, the object being eaten on our instagram was an innocent rich tea biscuits... with some additions like crickets and chill powder. 

Prayer opportunity 
For those of you who would like to be praying for our local schools, you are invited to:
Eynsham Partnership Academy – Bartholomew School and Eynsham, Cassington, Standlake, Hanborough Manor, Stanton Harcourt and Freeland Primary Schools
For the staff, governors, pupils and parents…
Thursday 27th February 2020
8-9pm (coffee from 7.45)
St Leonards Church, Eynsham

For more details contact: fionapeach7@gmail.com

Contact
If you want to know what is happening week-to-week in the youth work, you are already in the right place. But, if you need to contact us about anything else, feel free to get in touch using these (we will try to respond within 48 hours):

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

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Feb 6th-14th

Coming up next week... 
Roll up, roll up, sit comfortably and get ready to be informed. Unlike Steven last week, I am literally bubbling over with excitement about writing this weeks blog and I'm full of hilarious and witty jokes so prepare to be mildly amused (at best). This week we have our Cell Celebration, makeup night, possibly a bit of patience and some overseas travel thrown in for good measure. Read below to find out more...   







Cell Groups
This Sunday at 6pm in St. Learned's (9th February) is our termly Cell Celebration. People who are in Cell Groups If you have never been to one of these I can highly recommend them. They are essentially an informal church service, planned and delivered by all the members of our cell groups. We have games, food, a talk and prayer stations and the theme this term is Patience. 

If you have been before you know what to expect, so I will see you there. 

If don't know what your Cell is doing for the Cell Celebration this time, then find out from your leaders! 


After the Cell Celebration, cell groups will mostly be doing their own thing. Some wont be meeting, some will be doing and final session on patience and others will be having a social. Please can all members of cells check with their leaders to find out what their cell is planning on doing. 

Younger Friday Pathfinders 
Tomorrow (7th Feb) we are having a makeup and video games night, planned and delivered by our resident makeup and video games experts. Prepare to be totally entertained and beautified.  




Next week (14th Feb) there is no Friday Pathfinders!! 



Older Friday Pathfinders 
This Friday (7th Feb) Immi, Naomi and Hope have prepared a 'make over' special for us all to 'enjoy'. There will also be computer games for the less aesthetically minded of us but come prepared for an evening of pampering and luxury. It will be a bit like a spar but instead of a spar we will be in the church hall and instead of a nice massage you can play a computer game... and all for the bargain price of £2. 




Next week (14th Feb) there is no Friday Pathfinders!! ! 

Sunday Pathfinders 
Sunday Pathfinders is on this week. We are having a CAP (Christians Against Poverty) session run by Jennifer, with Olly as the helper. Oh and there will also be danish pastries to eat... 

CYFA  
Last week I hear CYFA put the finishing touches on our plans for church domination? This week there isn't any CYFA but... the plans are underway. 



Moldova 
Some of us from the youth are taking part in a mission trip to Moldova during February half term. We are setting off on Friday 14th Feb for a week of serving, learning and growing our faith. 

The organisation we are joining with are called Reign Ministries and will be sending out regular photos and updates about the trip. 

If you would like regular updates of what we are doing, along with prayer requests, then please let me know and I will get you signed up.


Contact
If you want to know what is happening week-to-week in the youth work, you are already in the right place. But, if you need to contact us about anything else, feel free to get in touch using these (we will try to respond within 48 hours):

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