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).
We are pleased to welcome our two new youth workers to the team.
Daniel Starling - Area Youth & Schools Worker
Daniel attends Oak Grove Community Church in Norwich and found his passion for youth work through evolving at his own church from young person to leader. Daniel is married and has a massive interest in everything geeky (especially video games). Daniel will be working mainly in the Diss area supporting Diss Youth Cafe, Burston Youth Cafe and Diss High School More2Life club.
Nayna Prince - Area Youth & Schools Worker
Nayna attends Liberty Church in Thetford and became involved and passionate about youth work during her two years living in Portugal with an International Church. Nayna has a 6 year old son that she home educates and who like her is very energetic and active and loves to travel and explore. Nayna will be working mainly to the west of Diss supporting Banham Youth Cafe and Old Buckenham More2Life club. Nayna will also be working with us to extend our work in to Thetford for the first time.
Banham Youth Heritage Project
Integrate Youth For Christ have been awarded funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver a range of projects connected with major refurbishment work on St Mary's church in Banham. IYFC have had a long relationship with the church, using it successfully for a venue of a Youth Cafe for over 5 years. Volunteers from the church support the youth cafe and we will be using the relationships formed to enable young people to discover more about the church and its place in the spiritual life of the village.
Newday is an event for young people with a strong Christian flavour throughout. Young people come to Newday in church groups. However, you don’t have to be a Christian to come, nor to belong to a particular denomination. In fact, we have lots of opportunities for people to find out what being a Christian is all about, in a laid back, non-threatening environment. Newday is aimed at 12-19 year olds, which means those currently in school year 7 upwards.
Integrate YFC will be taking a group of teenagers —we manage the group, providing food and generally looking after them.
Integrate Youth for Christ have had the exciting opportunity over the past few weeks of bringing the GSUS Live trailer to local high schools. Long Stratton High School were the first to experience the trailer, followed a week later by Old Buckenham High School. Finally, the trailer finished at Archbishop Sancroft High School. For those that haven’t encountered the trailer previously, GSUS Live is owned by the Counties charity and comes on the back of an Eddie Stobart cab.
We have had much to celebrate over recent weeks as we have had two young people become Christians through our lunchtime clubs and another young person from a lunchtime club who has attended a local church for the first time and even brought her parents along. We have also seen several of the young people we connect with take the decision to be baptised at the churches they attend, with another one, whose first introduction to Christianity was also through one of the lunchtime clubs, hoping to be baptised in the near future!
Please pray for those young people who have made a commitment for the first time and for us to have wisdom as we disciple them and encourage them to join their local churches. Please also pray for those that have been baptised and for their friends who witnessed their baptisms.
We have been really busy over the summer and are now well into the new school year.
In this issue:
- Football Cage
- MyLife course news
- Summer Creative Week
- Join us at our Annual Volunteers Brunch
- Integrate Camp at Newday 2015
- Dates for Integrate Camp 2015
- Volunteering opportunities...
Integrate YFC are now the owners of a football cage
The football cage is a cage to play football in! A great way to engage young people in a fast moving game, giving great opportunities for starting conversations while they stand and watch. It is stored and transported in a trailer, and can be erected in many places.