• Mail

    tim.stokes@realityyouthproject.co.uk

  • Telephone

    (0116) 2753866

  • Church

    Enderby Mission Church, Moores Lane, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 4AN

Hi, I’m Tim and I am the Youth Work Team Leader at Enderby Mission. Read below to find out what I have been up to recently. You will also find my contact details below if you need to get in touch with me.

My newest endeavour has been joining the primary school kids at M-Zone on a Monday night at the Mission. I’m getting to know them as the majority are in year 6 and will be moving up to year 7 in September, so when they move they will already know me before they start coming to Unite on a Friday. The kids are wonderfully energetic and pleasantly insightful for their age. It’s clear to see that the time and care the leaders of M-Zone have put in has been paying off and means I have a fantastic platform to work from when they move up to secondary school.

Brockington is where most of my time is spent, still running lunchtime clubs from Tuesday – Friday every week, from the Reality Bus to Koinonia Kafe, we still a range of different kids yet also we have our “regulars” with whom we’ve built up a nice rapport. The abundant life course we ran in October was a success and another is being planned for May which is always encouraging.

At the Mission, myself and another member of the church have plans in place for a teens group when enough young people are present to hold a meeting for them. It’s a comfort to know we’re ready for when they do decide to come to church on a Sunday.

Please pray that God continues to bless the work going on in Enderby and that new opportunities arise.

So guys, it’s almost been a whole year since I started with the Mission. And what a year it’s been! I can’t express how much I have enjoyed spreading the good news of Jesus Christ around Enderby and doing my upmost to have a positive influence on the lives of the young people here. Thank God for guiding me to this position and giving me what I need to be what he wants me to be.

The Church, as I have said several times already, has been so welcoming and the family atmosphere is incredibly unique. I am honoured to worship with the wonderful people at the Mission.

My foot is now well and truly in the door at Brockington College. Mike and I are in the school at least four days a week. The bus is there Tuesday lunch, Christian Lunch Club Wednesday and Koinonia Kafe Thursday and Friday. On top of that, we have regular slots doing House assemblies throughout the school calendar. Helen and I are also in the middle of an Abundant Life course with 10 children. Please pray that our good relationship with the school stays strong and that our opportunities continue to grow.

The two youth clubs are running along very nicely, Fusion on a Tuesday night has a regular attendance of year 11 students, meaning that in the fairly near future, we will need to start filling from the bottom again, pray that God helps us in our endeavours to reach more young people and that I stay motivated to keep talks going with them. Unite on a Friday night has got off to a comfortable start with a regular following of about 5, which is a great success! Thank God for this and please ask Him to keep children coming our way.

Things have been going really well at the Mission. I have been put on the regular rota for the 5 minute children’s slots on Sunday mornings. A good way to help the children get to know me as they grow up and gets my face up at the front of Church regularly.

A bit of a self-indulgent note now but anyway: A mix up in dates meant I turned up to church to find I was on kids talk a week earlier than anticipated. However in 5 minutes, God gave me a lovely idea which linked in well with the sermon that week. Isn’t God brilliant?!

Because of exams changing the lunch timetables around at the end of summer term, this actually allowed myself, Mike, Crystal and the Koinonia team to run lunchtime groups for both lunch hours, making it available to all year groups in the school. Mike and I are hoping to continue to do this moving forward. It was a shame that we didn’t manage to get any Abundant Life courses last academic year but as the Head of Religious Studies still doesn’t yet have full control over courses, she still has to jump through a lot of hoops.

On one of our first days running clubs in both lunchtimes, we got about 15 kids to each club – Fantastic!

After having hosted ncounter summer at the Mission, I have managed to make a few more contacts in the community. For one, Carol from the social club. She was very appreciative of the support that the Mission gave to run the family fun there.

That’s all for now!