Junior Church: Continues with our dedicated two members; Alex and Lara. The outreach that took place last year, at the school fayre and the Breakfast party, hasn’t provided us with any new members. The plan is to continue running JC whilst we have members and willing volunteers to lead, whilst continuing to outreach to the community and to review the situation.
Youth United: We have two new members to the group this term. They enjoyed a social trip to the cinema to see Pitch Perfect 3. The biggest project has been joining together with young people at Kirby Muxloe Free Church to have food, social time and to get involved with the HOPE Mission Academy project. We do this once a month. In April we joined them and their adult congregation for a contemporary service called ‘Inspire’. Bible studies have been on the topics such as ‘God as Mother’ and Easter. On Mothering Sunday, the young people from Youth United along with some from Hub led the service and on Mothering Sunday and Easter Sunday they held a cake sale after the service to raise funds for resources. For the last few weeks they have been busy preparing for the Youth Service on May 6th. All are welcome to this service at St. Michael’s Coby, refreshments served from 6pm, service begins at 6.30pm.
Youth House Group: Have continued with Youth Alpha film series and attended a talk by Rev. Chris Allen called ‘Easter in Christmas’.

Discovery at Countesthorpe Leysland College has been following the Youth Alpha Film Series. This month I will be supporting year 10 GCSE students with GCSE RE revision.

Along with support from my RYP colleagues I held Easter assemblies for pupils at Countesthorpe Leysland and Thomas Estley Community College.

Thomas Estley Community College: Alongside Helen, I led a Sex & Relationships course at Thomas Estley Community College. Another course is booked to begin this month.

Primary School: The regular primary school assemblies have continued; and excitingly a four week ‘after school’ club is scheduled to run at St. Peter’s Primary school for year 5 & 6 pupils, beginning in June. If this is successful we will look at making it a permanent fixture and to extend it to Badgerbrook school.

COMMUNITY: Hub Youth Café: Has two new members as a direct result of the Easter assemblies at Countesthorpe Leysland school. However, numbers are low in general. So it’s time to begin a review of Hub and how to go forward in a way that serves the young people in Whetstone more effectively. A grant was received from BDC, so we have been able to purchase a freezer of our own, a new PS4 console and a new speaker system for the group.
Hangout: Hangout: Is flourishing on a weekly basis and a record seven members attended the WKND event in March. (There were eleven form the benefice as a whole).
A Hangout Steering Committee meeting was held, where the future of Hangout, given the decision by St. Michael’s church to withdraw funding from September onwards, was discussed. It was felt that as Hangout is flourishing and considered a real asset to the community, we would urge to PCC members to consider ways in which Hangout could continue to be run under the guidance of the youth worker. As a result, St. Michael’s PCC are considering the possibility of paying for the group to run on a ‘sessional basis’. Mike Kelly (Diocesan Youth Ministry Officer) attended the meeting and suggested that we would be eligible for a Growth Fund Tier 1 grant of up to £5,000 to build on the foundations that have now been laid.
A Hangout volunteers meeting was held and Sharon presented some training on ‘Responding to Challenging Behaviour’.
Mentoring: Continues with four young people.

The next big event is the Royal Tea Party RYP Fundraiser. Being held on Saturday May 19th at Oadby Baptist church. The event will run from 11am – 3pm when ‘Teas’ will be served. The wedding will be broadcast live throughout the afternoon and there will be wedding themed crafts and activities for children. Feel free to get dressed up and wear a hat! The event is free, but if you are able to make a donation towards the wider work of Reality Youth project, it will be very much appreciated. In order to make this event accessible to all I have put a list at the back of both churches for the names of those that would like to attend and who would like a lift with someone, or who can offer a lift.
Ncounter Summer will be held August 5th-9th – look out for further information, coming soon!

God Bless Sharon