Due to the short summer holiday, this year we ran our usual summer camp over the October half term. We had a new venue as well - we spent 4 days at Eaton Vale Activity Centre in Norwich with a group of young people from across our groups (and friends from further afield!). We were fortunate to be able to have Youth For Christ's new touring band 'the Sense' leading worship and teaching. It was great to see so many young people taking steps forward in their faith - some just dipping their toe in and some making a commitment to follow Jesus for the first time. We were grateful for a grant from Momentum Norfolk which enabled us to do more activities than our tight budget would normally allow.
Over the last term we have been pleased to welcome lots of new faces into our youth cafes and lunchtime clubs. Some of our smaller activities such as Burston Youth Café and the More2life lunchtime club in Old Buckenham High School have doubled in size, whilst we have also seen a big growth in numbers in Banham, our biggest youth café, which had dropped in attendance over the summer months. Banham Youth Café now regularly has numbers in the 40s. It’s a privilege to be able to work with so many new young people and to be able to deepen the relationships with the existing youth. Whilst we are grateful for the growing number of young people coming to the groups, we are finding that our volunteers and resources are rather stretched, so if you would be interested in joining our rota of volunteers or supporting us financially, please do get in touch!
After running in St Mary's church in Diss for several years Diss Youth Cafe is moving to the Salvation Army building on Sunnyside in Diss. We have been hugely grateful for the support we have had at St Mary's and are sad to be leaving. We are excited though to be opening in a new venue with some new volunteers and fresh ideas and energy. Diss Youth cafe is open every Monday in term time, from 3:15pm-5:00pm with games, activities and snacks for young people of high school age (12-16).