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    sharon@realityyouthproject.co.uk

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    0116 286 6329

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    St Peter’s Church, Church Lane, Whetstone, Leicester, LE8 6BA

    St Michael’s Church, Main Street, Cosby, Leicestershire, LE9 1UW

Hi I’m Sharon and I’m the Trainee Team Leader at Whetstone and Cosby. Read below to find out what I’ve been up to recently. You’ll also find my contact details below if need to get in touch with me.

Newsletter May 2017

CHURCHES:

Junior Church: Chris headed up a meeting at the beginning of the year with the remaining team members. There was a discussion around how many children/young people we have currently, recruitment of new members and the feasibility of carrying on long term. Everyone agreed that we want to be ‘open for business’ for children on Sunday mornings during the main service and that we would do our best to continue and bolster numbers. Since then numbers have remained the same as pre-Christmas. The details on the website have been updated. We discussed having a big recruitment drive around the schools and local community groups, however, as all members of the JC team are involved with serving the church in other ways on Sunday mornings and all work full-time, we do not have the human resources to implement this or to serve a large influx of potentially very young children. New members of the team are needed urgently in order for JC to be sustained and grown.

After the services on Mothering Sunday and Easter Sunday, members of JC sold cakes baked by them and church members, for funds towards youth activities and expenses.

Youth United: Enjoyed a trip to Leicester Leys Climbing wall followed by McDonalds in January. The Youth service that was held at St. Michael’s went well. The theme of ‘God’s Love and Saving grace for all’ was chosen by them, they chose the readings, the video clip and talk, the game and so on. The youth band from Countesthorpe led the worship and chose the songs. Unfortunately this service was not so well attended as last year’s service when Bishop Martyn joined us. However, two members from Hub/Ignite were involved and they brought family and friends with them, which was very positive. The next service to be planned by the young people is a benefice ‘Pet Service’ to be held at Whetstone Pastures Farm on September 17th. (More details to follow).At the beginning of April YU held ‘Afternoon Tea’ in the Parish centre for their Mum’s, Grandmother’s and ladies that are special to them. They organised and played games and quizzes with the ‘mums’ and served them sandwiches and cakes , including traditional Simnel cakes which they had baked and decorated. Youth House Group: We have had five regular members this term, all but one are girls. They have lots of questions and are really keen and enthusiastic. One member has been leading alongside me.

At the Mothering Sunday service at St. Michael’s, the readings and prayers were led by two of the young people.

Mike Kelly and Matt Brown preached at St. Michael’s church during February and March.

SCHOOLS:

Discovery at Countesthorpe Leysland College has increased in numbers from 6-11. This is mostly because of invitation from existing members and through contact with pupils from Abundant Life courses. Most of them are unchurched young people and this is their first contact with the Christian faith. During one of the services I attended at St. Michael’s, I told the congregation about how some of the young people at this group, regularly don’t have any lunch. They were touched and gave me cash donations to provide sandwiches for them. I have used the money to make sandwiches and supply fruit to this group every week since then. The pupils really enjoy it and make the most of it. Impact at Countesthorpe Leysland College is thriving and the three week rolling plan for leadership split between mature Christians, newer members and myself is working well.

Helen and I led a ‘Worth It’ self-esteem course for pupils at Countesthorpe Leysland School.

Ignite at Thomas Estley Community College has grown very quickly in numbers since the beginning of term. They enjoy having discussion and debate and so Table Talk and Schools Work resources have been really useful for starting up conversation. The Pancake Parlour was a great success this year and raised £79 for the Children’s Society. During the last week of term, I took assemblies with members of the youth team, at Thomas Estley. It was a great privilege to share the message of Easter with them.

I have also led assemblies in all three primary schools within the benefice, last term.

COMMUNITY: Hub Youth Café has increased in numbers. This is due to original members inviting their friends and to new year 6 pupils that have been invited recently, through assemblies. Hangout is as popular as ever and numbers have increased in group one, as we have new year 6 pupils from Cosby Primary that are attending regularly. Great news is that both groups have been chosen as ‘Community Matters’ good causes for June (Blaby Branch), so remember to vote for us with your green tokens.

Hangout volunteers met in January for a social get together, which was a great chance for us to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. A training meeting was planned for March, but with the business of Easter was delayed until May. Chris and I are working towards creating a ‘steering group’ for Hangout.

PROJECTS and EVENTS: The WKND was attended by 9 young people from across the benefice. Four of which were paid for by private donations from the congregation. Ncounter summer will be held from July 16th -21st this year and there will be evening events in both parishes.

In February, I attended the first follow-up day of the ‘Diocesan Leadership Course’. All candidates were asked to begin on a ’90-day challenge’, mine is beginning to set the Youthwork vision, which you will hearing more about. The last follow-up session is May 7th. Beginning in October I will be embarking on the diocesan ‘Journey In Faith’ Course.

OTHER: Bishop’s Youth Council members attended at weekend at Launde Abbey, during March. This was for the Youth Diocesan Leadership Programme. This is a real boon for us as they will be able to implement what they are learning in both churches through their responsibilities as young leaders. They plan to attend Soul Survivor and Green Belt in the summer.

Thank you for all your support and prayers for myself, the work and the most of all the young people of this benefice,

God Bless

Sharon

March Prayer Flyer

News:

RYP Prayer Day was held on January 23rd at St. Michael’s, Cosby. It was well supported by supporters from across the city and County.

Mike Kelly – Diocesan Youth Support Officer preached at St. Michaels’s Cosby on February 5th.

Sharon attended the first of two follow-up days for Diocesan Leadership Course on February 5th. The final one will be on May 7th.

Mike Kelly joined Youth House Group on February 20th.

Pancake Parlour organised by Ignite at Thomas Estley Community College raised £79.40 for The Children’s Society.

Give Thanks :

For all the support the youthwork receives.  For the volunteers, those that pray and those that provide financially. Also for the support of the Diocese.

For the growing interest in who we are, what we do and why, that is occurring at the local schools

For sufficient funds to continue the work in 2017 and for those that fundraise and apply for grants.

For young people being involved in the youth service, especially those drawn in from ‘the edge’.

Please Pray

For a new permanent volunteer for Hub Youth Cafe.

For wisdom as we seek to set a vision for the future of the Youth work in our benefice.

That our financial needs will continue to be met.

Diary Dates

March 5th: Matt Brown – Executive Director of RYP to preach at 11am at St. Michael’s Cosby.

March 5th: Youth Service at St. Michael’s, Cosby. Refreshments served from 6p, service from 6.30pm. All welcome.

Aine is attending the Youth Vocations weekend organised by the Diocese with Derby and Peterborough Dioceses.

WKND event for young people March 10th-11th, to be held at Oadby Baptist Church.

Two members of BYC are attending the Youth Diocesan Training weekend at Launde Abbey March 17th-19th.

Mothering Sunday Cake Sale to be held on Sunday March 26th after the service at St. Peter’s Church, Whetstone. Proceeds to group funds.

November Prayer Flyer

News: At St. Michael’s Harvest festival service, youngsters from Cosby Brownies led the first part of the service. On Nov 6th at St. Peter’s there was a real All-Age feel as young people joined with adult members of the congregation to deliver the first half of the All Saints service.
Holy Halloween was a great success in both villages. Young people and volunteers gave away 200 ‘Bags of Hope’, which contained a book of Bible stories, information about groups, sweets with Bible verses and lots more.The community enjoyed receiving the free goodies and chatting to members of the churches.
Youth United enjoyed a great afternoon at Whetstone Pastures Farm. Many thanks to Anthony and Sandra for their wonderful hospitality.
Some Hangout members are now attending Ignite –lunch club at Thomas Estley. This shows that the pattern of ‘church, school, community’ is really working.
Hub Youth Cafe has lost a member of the team recently, due to work commitments. We now desperately need at least one more member adult volunteer. For more information, please speak to Sharon or Chris.
Grant applications are out to help fund the youth work going into 2017 and beyond. We had a blow last week when we heard that one of the bigger ones was turned down.
Give Thanks
For all the support the youthwork receives. For volunteers, those that pray and those that provide financially.
For connections with members of the communities.
For young people from Hangout exploring faith.
For young people being involved in services.
Please Pray
For a new volunteer for Hub Youth Cafe.
We will continue to have good relationships with all in the local community and that partnerships will be established and maintained. That people will be interested in exploring faith because of our outreach and witness and that they will feel able to come into our churches and groups.
That our financial needs will be met.
Junior Church Christmas presentation at St. Peter’s Dec 18th 9.30am. All welcome.
WKND event 18-19th November.
Reality Prayer Day. Jan 23rd.
Youth Service –March 5th. St. Michael’s Cosby 6pm. All welcome.