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.

PROJECTS and EVENTS:
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

CHURCHES:
Junior Church: The Christmas presentation went well on December 17th. The children and young people presented a retelling of ‘The Three Christmas Trees’, played musical instruments and led prayers. It was very well received by the congregation and they received lots of compliments. The presentation was followed by a party in the parish centre where they enjoyed playing games. Jo, Jess, Deborah and Sharon attended St. Peter’s School Christmas fayre earlier in December, where they provided free Christmas crafts for children at the fayre. The activities were popular and well received and it proved to be a good opportunity to advertise what we do and there was some genuine interest in JC from parents, which is promising.
The ‘re-launch’ party in October was poorly attended by new families, but overall, the near future of the group looks positive as connections with potential new members have been made through the party and school fayre. some of the families we met came along to the Christingle making afternoon and joined us for the service and chatted over refreshments.
Youth United: Has enjoyed steady numbers due to our dedicated members. This term they have been very busy; putting together and delivering the benefice Pet Service, collecting items for three Christmas shoe boxes for the Samaritan’s purse appeal. For Halloween night they created the ‘Fiery Furnace trunk’ and helped on the night giving away hot chocolate and hotdogs. Three of them attended the WKND event in Oadby. And for the Christmas Tree festival they baked tree decorations and finally they helped at the Christingle service.
Youth House Group: Emma has joined us and together we are following the Youth Alpha film series, which is raising lots of interesting questions!
Harvest Festival at St. Peter’s: Was led by some of our young people this year. Those that joined were from Hub, Youth United and Junior Church and they did a brilliant job of it. A special ‘’well-done’’ goes to Aine for her talk.

SCHOOLS: Discovery at Countesthorpe Leysland College is going well, with a steady, consistent group of young people. We started the term off with games and chat in order to become acquainted with each other better. In the second part of the term we have been following the Youth Alpha film series, which seems to be having quite an impact on those from non-church families.
Ignite at Thomas Estley Community College has been put on ‘pause’ as we only had two consistent members who are also members of YU and Hub. A meeting was held between myself, the school head and the families worker from Sutton in Elms church to discuss how we could better serve the pupils and staff going forward. As a result of this the school have booked an Abundant life course and 3 sets of assemblies are booked for the next two terms. It’s hoped that by meeting, sharing and supporting pupils in these ways that Ignite may be a viable option again.
As well as the usual term-time assemblies, I had the pleasure of speaking at Cosby Primary school’s KS2 Harvest assembly, which was also attended by parents.
In Whetstone CTiW made the decision to hold a schools’ Christmas service for every pupil in the village, as there wouldn’t be a Carols around the tree event. So myself and Nicola from WBC held 2 identical services on Dec 4th in the URC church. The children seemed to enjoy it very much, especially the interactive bits, and they were all given a Christmas story pamphlet to take home to read.

COMMUNITY: Hub Youth Café: numbers are steady and the new young leaders have settled in very well. Everyone was busy making tee decorations for the Tree Festival and helping out at the Trunk or Treat Event. Three of them took part in this year’s Christingle service.
Hangout: Has gone to one group. This decision was made in consultation with the young people, many explained that they are not allowed to be out until 10pm by their parents and so could not come to group 2. The new times were trialed through October and it worked well, so we have stuck with it. This was a wise decision as we now have good numbers of attendees covering all eligible ages. Since the nights have got shorter and colder, a fire-pit has been introduced to the sessions, this has worked wonders for the relationships with the group, both between members and members & volunteers. The young leaders at Hangout are doing a sterling job and are taking their responsibilities seriously, which is great to see.
Leaders and young leaders from Hangout and Hub joined together in September for a night of ten-pin bowling and a meal. The business meeting planned for November has been postponed until January 2018.
Reality Training Day: Was held on September 30th. Four volunteers from across the benefice joined others from across the county for a day of training and worship.

PROJECTS and EVENTS: The WKND was held at Oadby Baptist church and attended by four young people from our benefice. They enjoyed spending time with their friends from across Leicestershire and the rest of the Reality youth team.
Aine, Joel and myself attended a relaxed dinner with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. It was held for members of Bishops Youth Council and youth workers, at the home of Bishop Martin. Justin was very chatty and showed a lot of interest in the young people and their lives, he had a great sense of humour and was very humble. This was followed by the ‘ In Jesus Name’ event at Leicester Arena, which was an amazing event, bringing together Christians from across the city and county from all kinds of denominations and traditions.

OTHER:
I completed a the ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ course in September 2017.
I began the Journey in Faith Course in October 2017.

As many of you will have heard by now, I am beginning the process of selection to Ordained Pioneer Ministry. The process takes over a year to complete, when I will be given the decision as to whether I have been chosen for training or not. If I am successful in my application, training is expected to begin in September 2019.
This of course throws up all kinds of other questions and decisions for our parishes to make concerning my eventual standing down as the youth worker in this benefice. Sadly, St. Michael’s PCC have made the decision that they cannot continue beyond 2018. The congregation of St. Peter’s are going to be consulted about the way forward on 14th to help the PCC make their decision. This meeting will take place after the morning service on January 14th, all are welcome and encouraged to attend, if possible. Please pray for God to be in the conversations that will be had at that meeting and ultimately for His will to be done for the young people and the community of Whetstone, in the coming years.

News:
Emma has joined Youth House group and tells me she is really enjoying it.
We now have 7 very enthusiastic Young Leaders at Hangout. All but one are boys, they look very professional in their new uniform and are doing a fantastic job, a real credit to the themselves and the group.
Aine, Joel and Sharon are to meet Justin Welby the Archbishop of Canterbury on Nov 14th as part of his visitation to Leicester. He is meeting with members of Bishop’s Youth Council and Youth workers to hear their thoughts and ideas.
Sharon completed the two-day Youth mental First Aid course and has a certificate to prove it!
Sharon

Give Thanks :
For the Pet Service, for the experiences and understanding it gave to YU who organised it.
Harvest All-Age service at St. Peter’s led by young people.
Harvest assemblies at Cosby school. The whole school and many parents gave thanks to God for His goodness.
A very successful Trunk or Treat event. 500 or more people attended and heard 9 Bible stories.
Hangout Steering committee met for the first time and it was a productive meeting.
Hangout volunteers enjoyed a ‘social’ evening of ten-pin bowling and food, including 5 of the young leaders
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 sufficient funds to continue the work in 2018 & beyond and for those that fundraise and apply for g

Please Pray
For wisdom as to how to move Hub into the next year. Numbers are very low and the team and young leaders are thinking about how we can reach more young people through it.
For wisdom, particularly for Sharon, as we seek to set a vision and action-plan for the future of the Youth work in our benefice.
For a safe and happy time at the WKND event. That Christian young people and leaders will be a positive witness to those that are attending.
That our financial needs will continue to be met.

Diary Dates
November 17th-18th: WKND
November 25th: Cosby Christmas Fair
November 25th-26th: Whetstone Tree Festival
November 28th: Hangout Team Business meeting.
December 1st: Cosby Christmas Lights Switch on
December 4th: Schools carol Service by CTiW
December 9th: St. Peter’s school fair-JC team will be offering free crafts activities.
December 10th: Christingle Services
December 17th: Junior Church Christmas presentation and party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHURCHES:
Junior Church: Numbers were very low again last term. This is due to ‘demands’ on the time of our young people such as homework and other interests /hobbies that they are involved in, all vying for their time. There hasn’t been the usual recruitment from the bottom up of younger children either for several years, again this is due to demands on family time and societal changes. However, at the last JC team meeting it was decided to try and address this. There is a JC re-launch party planned for October 8th and we are also hoping to have a craft area at St. Peter’s school Christmas fayre in December.
Youth United: We had steady numbers during the Summer term. They have been busy putting their input into the SWOT that I have been carrying out during the process of forming a vision for the youth work, also planning the upcoming Pet Blessing Service, weekly activities and Bible studies. YU ended the school term with a trip to Crazy Golf, which they thoroughly enjoyed, especially as it was a lovely, sunny afternoon.
Youth House Group: Have been meeting weekly as usual. One evening they joined the benefice event ‘A Taste of Faith’ where a young Muslim woman came and shared her faith. They were very inspired by her. As a result of this they are planning to hold an event where Christian and Muslim young people can meet together for an afternoon of fun and friendship. Another event they enjoyed was joining with other young people from across Leicestershire at the cathedral for the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ event. Six youngsters went altogether, including one member from YU.
This term’s plans are; for Christmas tree decorations from all groups for the tree festival at the end of November at St. Peter’s, the Junior church Christmas presentation on December 17th and a Youth United trip to Megazone, also on Dec 17th.

SCHOOLS: Discovery at Countesthorpe Leysland College continued steadily throughout the term and Impact met weekly. The pupils at Impact are older and so had exams during this term, which meant it was better for the group to be more informal in style.
Due to timetable changes, this term, at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College, the Discovery and Impact lunch clubs will have to be closed and new groups formed to accommodate the mixed age pupils that will be around. There will be two groups, but they will be a more informal drop-in style as opposed to the more formal Bible-study that was possible before, especially in Impact.
Sharon and Helen led a ‘Worth It’ self-esteem course for pupils at Countesthorpe Leysland School.
Ignite at Thomas Estley Community College continued to meet and prove popular, with lots of discussion. Hopefully we will be able to participate in the school’s annual Christmas service this year
I continued to lead assemblies at all three local primary schools and am working alongside Churches Together in Whetstone to prepare a Christmas service that all primary school children will be able to attend, during December.

COMMUNITY: Hub Youth Café continued to be popular on Wednesday’s after school.
Hangout’s numbers were lower than usual in this term, but many of the younger group were in year 9 and are more independent now. We trialed an activity that would get the youngsters thinking on a basic ‘spiritual’ level, including thinking about what ‘Hope’ is and very simply about why Christians believe in the need for Jesus. It went down well with the younger group, with some interesting thoughts and conversations. This term, we’re trying to develop this with a ‘prayer wall’. All of group 2’s members were studying for GCSE’s which meant they were committed to that, which is no bad thing!
At the end of the year we had a party with bouncy castle, chocolate fountain and hotdogs.
In the autumn term we will have a new young leader for both Hub and Hangout. At Hub we will have Thomas, James and Ben, at Hangout Matt, Sam and Joel. The young leader’s met with myself during the summer holidays and together we put together some ideas of what the groups should look like going forward. They are all having printed t-shirts and hoodies so that they are recognizable to new/younger members as someone that will support them.
The Hangout team of volunteers and young leaders had a business meeting in May, a social meeting in June and a further business meeting in August.
Lots of exciting community events are planned for this term including the Pet Blessing Service, the first Hangout Steering Group meeting, a social event for the volunteers and young leaders of Hangout and Hub, a Hangout business meeting, alternative Halloween events in both parishes and hopefully a craft table for children attending the Christmas fayre at St. Peter’s school.

PROJECTS and EVENTS:
Ncounter Summer was attended by four young people from our benefice and they were well catered for in the evenings by volunteers from both churches. Thank you to everyone that cooked for us or supported us during that week by attending the social or bus events or by praying for us. The youngsters worked very hard and got so much from it spiritually, through friendships and relationships and through service to others.

Our two Bishop’s Youth Council members; Aine and Joel attended Soul Survivor and Greenbelt. They came back tired, but buzzing. You know they’ve had a great time when they get the ‘Soul Survivor blues’ the week after because they’re missing it so much. These kind of events are so important in their spiritual development and in their development of themselves as they identify as young Christians, as they then go out to face the everyday world in the coming school year.

The next WKND event is planned for November 16th and 17th.

OTHER:
Sharon completed DLP course in April.
SWOT analysis has been done, answers to be collaborated. Due to the slow response to the SWOT, the youth vision has not been completed in time for the original deadline of Sept 2017 and will be pushed back to January 2018.
Sharon attended the Dioceson Learning Community put on by Mike Kelly from Leicester Diocese.
Sharon completed First Aid training.
Again, there are lots of opportunities for learning and development for all those involved with the youth work within the benefice , which we will be attending, including: Mental health First Aid training, Reality Youth Project Training Day and Diocesan Learning Community.
I will begin the ‘Journey in Faith Course’ in October too and my re-licensing will be at the Cathedral on Oct 7th.

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

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

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.

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.

So it’s been a busy time in the benefice during the summer  term and holidays-here are a few highlights:

An evening Youth service was held on Sunday May 8th. It was extremely well attended by members of both churches and was led by young people.  We were very privileged to be joined by Bishop Martyn as part of his pilgrimage, he was great fun and really supportive. He asked the young people to pray for him in his new ministry, which they were more than happy to do.

Junior Church led the ‘Thanksgiving for Youth Work’ Service on June 12th. Luke Fogg, the Growth Fund and Pioneer Support Officer from the Diocese, came to celebrate the huge impact that has been had on the  lives of young people in Cosby & Whetstone since the creation of the Youth worker in January 2014. He  helped to focus our thoughts on the fact that the  Growth Fund’s financial input will come to an end in December this year and that in order to continue to serve and grow  young people in our community, the churches will need  to support the work through prayer, time and financial commitment.

Ncounter Summer was a great ( and extremely hot!) event. 7 young people from our benefice joined with young people from across Leicestershire to learn about being Fearless for God and to bless local communities through service. In the evenings, members from Hub and Hangout joined us for games and Reality bus on  the park, water fights, bouncy slides and lots of fun.

Discovery Lunch Club at Countesthorpe Leysland College has re-opened this term in the Conference Room. (Countesthorpe building). This group is for years 7-9 and is a mix of games,  discussion and Bible-study.

Ignite is the lunch club at Thomas Estley Community College. Previously, the lunchtime CU was called Christian Lunch Club, but it was felt that a new look was due. So we’ve had a great start with messy food games and lots of fun. The group is open to pupils in all years, is held on Wednesday lunchtimes in H4 and has the same format at Discovery.

Impact is held on Friday lunchtimes in L6 (Leysland Building). This group is for year 10+ pupils and includes Bible-study and discussion, often led by the students themselves.

Hub has re-opened at St. Peter’s Parish centre and is attracting a good crowd. Two of our young leaders have left for uni and internship, but we have 3 new young leaders coming up the ranks.

Hangout is back in full swing on Friday nights. We had to say goodbye to one of our young leaders going to uni too, but we have a new volunteer, doing a great job.

Youth United are planning the annual ‘Light Night’ events, which will be held in each village on October 31st. We have obtained a Tier 1 grant from the Growth Fund to ensure that we don’t run out of hotdogs! We will be positioned outside the Vicarage on High Street in Whetstone and outside the Bunning Hall on Main Street in Cosby. We will be giving away food, hot chocolate, party bags with sweets, tracts, group information and so on. Come along and say ”Hello”.

If you’d like to know anything more about the groups on  offer to young people  in the benefice or have any other questions in relation to the work, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sharon

So the Summer term and summer break have been busy and fruitful

An evening Youth service was held on Sunday May 8th. It was extremely well attended by members of both churches as well as lots of youngsters that wouldn’t normally be in the church service. Some participated in the games, worship, prayers and talks, others enjoyed being part of the congregation. We were very privileged to be joined by Bishop Martyn as part of his pilgrimage, it was great to meet him. He was very enthusiastic, supportive and good fun. We were happy to have the opportunity to pray for Bishop Martyn during this service.

Junior Church led the ‘Thanksgiving for Youth Work’ Service on June 12th. Luke Fogg, the Growth Fund and Pioneer Support Officer from the Diocese, came to celebrate the huge impact we have had on the  lives of young people in Cosby & Whetstone since the creation on my post in January 2014. He also helped to focus our thoughts on the fact that the  Growth Fund’s financial input will come to an end in December this year and that in order to continue to serve and grow  young people in our community, the churches will need  to support the work through prayer, time and financial commitment.

In July, two of the three young people that are members of Bishop’s Youth Council went on a two week mission to Trichy Diocese in India. As you can imagine it was a life changing experience for them, but extremely positive. They presented a talk and pictures about their trip to St. Peter’s congregation on their return.

In the new term Hangout and Hub Youth Cafes have re-opened and we have some new young leaders and new members as has Junior Church and Youth United.

Discovery lunch club for Years 7-9 at Countesthorpe Leysland College has re-opened on Tuesday lunchtime in the Conference room in Countesthorpe building.

Ignite had launched at Thomas Estley Community College. Pupils from all years are very welcome to come  meet on Wednesday lunchtimes in H4.

Impact is held on Friday lunchtimes for pupils in year 10 upwards. We meet in L6 (Leysland building) where we enjoy fellowship and discussion.

‘Light Night’ events are planned for both parishes on Oct 31st.   We have been awarded a Growth Fund tier 1 grant in order to meet the demand in hot dogs!!

There is always lots going on, far more than can included here, so for more information about any the groups or intitives in the benefice, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sharon