Update Autumn 2012
In this issue Change, Challenge and Opportunity P.1
Change, Challenge and Opportunity The start of the Autumn Term is always a little
his work with St. Paul’s. We are also grateful for all
he has contributed to our work and the team over
Alongside the usual business that goes
Paul’s thoughts and
with re-establishing our work in our schools we
the last two years.
Joe joins the team P.2
have faced the additional challenge of considerable
With Chris moving on the team has a slightly
different look to it. Paul continues as our Director
Gorsley Festival, NDOP P.3 New Wine P.4 Auction 2012 P.5
and Jon as our part-time youth worker whilst he
unfortunately Chris was made redundant as of 31st
completes the final year of his youth work degree.
Chris joined us two years ago having
Trev, who spent last year with us on placement,
previously been part of the YFC Gap year teams in
has made us his main placement for his final year
Greenbelt P.6 Flik’s Journey P.7
Scotland and Coventry. When Chris was recruited
of his degree. Flik, who took a gap year with us last
Encouraged, Trustees and
we had planned to see Chris complete at least
year, continues with us as a placement student as
three years with us whilst he studied for his Youth
she starts her youth work degree.
Work degree. Unfortunately our finances did not
joined by Joe who is in the second year of his
make this possible and the difficult decision of
making Chris redundant was made. Over the two
expansion of our work.
years Chris has been involved in all aspects of our
sometime working with Holy Trinity Tewkesbury
work and will be greatly missed by the young
supporting their youth work and as a result we will
people he connected with. As we have gone into
be starting work in Tewkesbury School supporting
schools this term many of them have asked after
the CU. We are also looking to expand our work
him. Chris will continue his course with his final
into another school in partnership with a couple of
year placement being at St. Paul’s Church.
churches. Besides the regular schools work, Joe
seems strange not having Chris with us around the
will also be involved in setting up a community
office and as we head into schools. We wish him
based outreach project with C3 Cheltenham after
well as he starts his final year at university and in
October half term.
Chris finished his time with us at Gorsley and he is now working with St. Paul’s.
We are also
With the new team has also come an Trev will be spending
Paul’s thoughts The role of Director for Cheltenham YFC has many great privileges. Having the opportunity to share the Gospel with so many young people is amazing and watching them come to a realization of what Jesus has done for them is special. One of the other great privileges is working with such a great team of staff, volunteers and trustees. We don’t differentiate between staff and volunteers as both make an incredibly valuable contribution and are equally important.
Joe joins the team In September Joe Bent joined the
why did you choose to make
settings, so the chance to go into
team. Joe is in his second year at
CYFC your placement for the
schools and do different styles of
university taking a degree in Youth
next two years?
youth work is exciting and I am
Last year I started university and I
hoping that it will be beneficial and
help me grow as a youth worker.
Joe will be on placement
with us for the next two years.
impact. It never fails to amaze me that so many incredibly skilled people, even if they don’t think they are, are willing to give so much to make our work possible.
placement students or youth work
impact on the young people we work with. Our trustees ensure we continue to move forward and operate in a good and proper manner. Sarah, our trustee secretary is one of a number people who have volunteered in the office. Sarah along with all the trustees does a tremendous job.
We have nominated
Sarah for a Trustee of the Year award. As yet we have not heard if she has won but she certainly deserves to. People like Sarah make all the difference. We would like to thank everyone in our team for doing such an amazing job. If you would like to be part of the team we
started leading all the youth work
What do you do for enjoyment?
My name is Joe, I’m 22 years old
Around Christmas I
In my spare time I like to play
and I am a second year youth work
decide that I was going to move to
music, I have been playing guitar
Cheltenham for the start of the
for 11 years and love to write with
Gloucestershire. I currently live in
new academic year, so therefore I
my friends and play live as much
Cheltenham but I am originally
had to start looking around at new
as possible. I lead worship for the
from Chipping Campden.
I spoke to a lot of
people about it and I really liked
Christian Union as well as for
What made you get involved in
the sound of what CYFC were
Venture Camps and at a number
doing so I got in contact with Paul
of churches in London.
I got involved in youth work just
and arranged to meet.
after I became a Christian 3 years
basketball and football.
ago. I started volunteering at the youth club that I attended and
began to lead a few of their bible study
Our regular prayer meeting has
encouraged by the youth worker to
moved to a Monday morning at
take it further and recommended
that I applied for a one year ABC youth work course.
asked to go and lead on Venture
work so moving the prayer meeting
Joe with his girlfriend Kat.
to the start of the week is exciting.
Camps in Haslemere and doing
It is also the only time in the week
this work just got me more and
What are you most looking for-
more passionate about youth work
ward to in your time with CYFC?
and teaching young people about
I am most looking forward to new
challenges and experiences.
have mostly had experience of What did you do last year and
provides the foundations for our
I was then
will be able to use your skills, whatever they are, so please get in
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
volunteers involved in our schools work and Underground make a real
church in Chipping Campden and
volved brings a wealth of skills and experience that make an incredible
working in church youth work
when the whole team are together. Please join us every week or just on any Monday when you can make it.
Gorsley This year was our second year of
leader Graham Kendrick also did a
so many of our supporters through
involvement at Gorsley Festival.
concert in the big top on the
the YFC stand at the festival. It is
This year as well as running sports
also encouraging that a number of
sessions Paul was also on the
people wanted to
core speaking team for the youth
work. Chris once again ran sports
in the afternoon along with Joe.
p e o p l e
and the wider work
About 150 young people were
involved in the two youth age
theme of the
groups, all looking at the theme of
the Kingdom of God.
God and the
It is great
Paul spoke at the Gorsley Festival.
The adult stream of the festival
had a real YFC flavour to it with
and implications that brings to our
things that God is doing as well as
lives. Throughout the weekend a
Calver speaking in the evenings in
encourage those in youth ministry
the big top and former YFC
surrendered their lives to Jesus
before they head back to their
and many more went deeper in
churches for the start of the new
leading the bible teaching in the
their relationship with God.
It was really great to connect with
Former YFC worship
National Day of Prayer On Saturday 29th September Flik and Jon took a group
pers, chips, a cheese burger and a drink - and that was
of young people to the National Day of Prayer at Wem-
just for Jon! We found our seats and the time of worship
bley Stadium. It was always going to be tough trying to
and prayer began. By 2:30 we were joined by 40,000
get a bunch of young people on a bus for 8:30am on a
other Christians both young and old as we prayed for the
Saturday morning, but it was well worth it. Our amazing
Queen, our nation and the young people of our nation.
bus driver made great time and we were one of the first
Our old friend GuvnaB even made an appearance sing-
to enter the ground. To celebrate our early arrival we
ing his latest track. After several hours of prayer and
enjoyed the 'golden arches' of McDonalds (healthier food
worship it was time to head home... I do wonder what
wasn't available!) devouring 20 nuggets, mozzarella dip-
Bobby Moore would have made of it all.
New Wine The summer is a funny time for Cheltenham YFC, as many people think we get the summer off. That
was with a young person and her mother. Her life story
A Pandora Starter Set donated by Pandora Cheltenham.
would be nice but we actually have described as tragic, with the fun of festivals, camping in muddy fields, making new friends and telling people about Jesus and
how we work with young people
across Cheltenham. For one week
separation, bullying and
seconded to National YFC to be on their stand at New Wine North and
Jon at New Wine with YFC Local Ministries Manager Thea Pitchers.
Teenage years are key to personal development and are
everything the subject of GAP
hard enough without all these
years came about.
factors! Chatting with them both it
about YFC ONE and how it
was clear that God was holding
memorable moment form his time
them together, that he loves them
was pursued further but I'll find out
on the stand.
and has a plan. Our conversation
went on and talking about the work
January if the young person is
share stories about what they do We talked
as a national organisation and what we do as a local centre. Jon shares with us one particularly
conversation I had during the week
However, as we talked about
A gift set donated by Body Shop.
I don't know whether it
Spending time with those
people was eye-opening and when the mother returned to the stand a few days later to say thank you, it
A toy tractor donated by Cheltenham Model Centre.
became inspiring. I'd love to challenge us to think about how we can demonstrate the love of God to those around us and inspire them to meet with him. That is just one of the many stories and special moments shared at New Wine this year. Special being the word!â€?
Tempting chocolates from Hotel Chocolat.
We would like to thank the following companies who have
auction so far: Café Rouge for providing
Putting the Fun in fundraising
the venue free of charge.
The CYFC auction has become a
Johnny Wilkinson and possibly a
Entry to the event is free so why
And So To Bed
highlight of our annual calendar,
range of experience days.
not come along for a good night
with many great items to bid on
keep up to date with the items on
out in aid of a worthwhile cause
The Barber shop
and a lively friendly atmosphere.
offer look at the blog and the
and maybe pick up some presents
This year we have a change of
ready for Christmas. If you haven’t
venue to Café Rouge in the centre
If you or your company are able to
come before please join us to see
of town but the format and the fun
provide or sponsor an item then
how we put the fun in fundraising.
will be the same.
please do get in touch.
Body Shop Carpet Emporium Cath Kidston Chaplais Deli Cheltenham Model Centre Cineworld
Once more we have found the
retailers of Cheltenham incredibly
We already have a
large list of items on offer, from smaller things like cakes, mugs
Ellenborough Hotel Ellis Kilpatrick The Entertainer
and chocolates right up to a cask
of beer, Pandora bracelets and a
The Hair Retreat
There is a chance to get tickets for
the cinema, an indulgent manicure,
a hair cut or have afternoon tea at
the prestigious Ellenborough Park Hotel.
Kitcheners Lakeland The Nail Lounge
This year there will also be a
number of additional raffles and
prizes and the opportunity to go
home with a lovely box of Body
Shop and Lush goodies.
We are constantly receiving new
items and anticipate having items of jewellery, a signed photo of
Steve and Sue Lee White Room Images
Greenbelt This year for the first time we were involved in Greenbelt.
being involved in the Gorsley
did the threatening clouds full of rain. Within an hour of setting up the rain descended with Jon and
Youth team we also managed to Trev taking cover from the storm. run the YFC football cage in Greenbelt at the same time.
hind sight it might have been easier
disappointed with the weather, they persisted in kicking the ball between themselves hoping that the
c a mpers
t he site
It was nice to catch up with Izzy who went to Annecy with us.
would brave the weather and come
Trev and Jon were joined by a
and have a game.
As the sun broke
people who came to Annecy had
come down for the weekend.
One of the young
clouds one or two young
Despite the weather, fun was had
came and joined
by Trev and Jon and the 50 plus
young people they interacted with.
recently visited the cage at Soul
We look forward to next year and
Survivor and were excited to see
If only we knew what those cloud were going to bring!
Over the August bank holiday, Trev and Jon were joined by one who could score the most of our young people as they set up goals. the Cage Football at Greenbelt Festival.
They were placed near
the main stage and initially they interrupted by what can only were excited about being able to be described as torrential rain interact with lots of young people and the site became a mud and hear some bands. Panel by bath. In good spirits the team Water, water everywhere...
panel the cage came together, as and campers carried on and
Praise For our volunteers and trustees. For receiving so many good items for our auction.
For the opportunities for the growth of our work.
For our increased involvement
Last year Flik did a Gap Year with
there to guide me and help me to
that. It was amazing to be a part
in festivals this summer and the
us. One of the best parts of having
improve. It was lovely to work in
of so many of their journeys. God
good things that happened at
people on a Gap Year is seeing
such a supportive atmosphere and
gave me so many opportunities to
what God does in their life during
I feel like I’ve changed a lot in the
talk to young people about Him
For a positive welcome from all
To be involved in the
past year as a result of being with
and how He’s helped me, or just to
our schools at the start of term.
work that God does in someone's
CYFC, and learnt more about what
be there to listen and support.
life is a real privilege.
As I went through the year I felt
joins us for the next three years as
more and more that youth work
a placement student.
It is great
that Flik will continue to be part of
continue with. I saw how beneficial
For a new Chair of trustees.
the new team. Here she tells us
Jon, Chris and Trev were finding
about her year with us.
their youth work degrees, and how
Joe as he settles in to the
they were applying what they had
For our placement students that
There were so many awesome
learnt to the work that we were
they would learn more about
things about doing my gap year
doing and I decided that if I wanted
youth work and grow in their
with CYFC. I was encouraged to
just be one of the team – plan and
academic basis would be very
Flik as she and Tom plan
lead sessions, throw out ideas,
it means to live life following Jesus.
and be involved as much as
I’m now at CYFC as a placement
possible. I felt really valued.
meeting young people, seeing their
student and I’m really excited to
Underground as we look to
I made quite a few mistakes, but
see what the next three years are
move it forward this year.
the rest of the team were always
involved in helping them to achieve
going to bring!
F o r
our Christian Unions at
Bournside and Pates that they
would equip and support the
Flik has had a busy
thing in the air at the CYFC office! We would also like to
young people in their schools.
t i m e
congratulate them and wish them well as they plan their
That we will have a fruitful year
s i n c e
September, not only
as we share the Good News
has she started her
We know we will be hearing lots about wedding plans
relevantly to the young people
University course but
over the next few
months. At least we
engaged to Tom. We would like to congratulate them
have all got time to
able to continue moving our
both on their engagement and wish them well for the
go and buy some
Flik and Tom
In April, Trev got engaged to Laura, there must be someTrev and Laura
growth in our income to be
Christmas shopping for good
Encouraged and re-invigorated.
Income from our Everyclick and give as you live pages
One of the highlights of September is what has become
continues to come in. We earn about £5 per month at the
an annual visit to the Women’s Fellowship at St.
moment but you can help us make this so much more.
Everyclick is a search engine that generates money for us
every week and going and sharing about our work with
every time you search. You can raise even more for us with
them is such an encouragement to us . In the midst of
you shop online by clicking through the sites Give As You
a challenging youth session it is easy to forget how
Live facility. You spend the same as you normally would
many people actually pray for our work. Getting out
and the shop you visit makes a donation to us based on the
and sharing about our work is really important to us as
amount you spend. As Christmas approaches many of us
it allows us to connect with those who make such a
tell the story! Unfortunately
will spend more online than we do the rest of the year. This
huge contribution to our work, our supporters.
this has not been the case.
year you can give CYFC a free Christmas present every
time you shop simple by using the Give As You Live facility.
If you would like a member of our team to visit your
reasons why and I am still
You may think it will not make much of a difference but we
house group, women or men’s group, church or any
have so far raised £53 with only 14 registered users. Just
other group you are connected with please do let us
imagine how much we could raise with over 100 people.
know and we will ensure someone joins you. It will be
Every new shopper who spends over £10 can also raise us
great to meet with you and it will be a real
an additional £5 at no cost to yourself.
encouragement to us.
This group faithfully pray for us
I wanted to write this update and say that I jumped out of the
opened and that I survived to
waiting to throw myself out of a plane. I have recently been suffering some minor health issues which have left me waiting
This year your
before being able to jump.
Christmas shopping could make a real difference in the life
of a young person.
Can you help? As mentioned earlier our trustees play an invaluable
complication surrounding the company I had booked with. However, all this will not stop
Why not set www.everyclick.com/cheltenhamyouthforchrist as your homepage and start raising money for free!
me from fulfilling a dream
role in the running of CYFC.
We have recently
welcomed Kath Warner onto the trustees. Kath has spent many years involved in charities as a volunteer
and the commitment I have
and through her work.
She brings a wealth of
made to CYFC and those experience and will make a valuable contribution to the generous people that have Board of Trustees. We are still looking to recruit a few
already pledged to sponsor me. I will of course update
Chairperson. We would particularly like to recruit some
you with a new date once I get the OK from the doctor. It’s not to late to sponsor me:
more trustees including someone to fill the role of
men to the board as we currently have no male
Charity Auction at Café Rouge
If you know of someone or would
consider getting involved as a trustee yourself please
get in touch with Paul who can discuss it further. We YFC Annual Conference
Ways to give
would particularly value prayer for wisdom and guidance as we recruit new trustees.
To make a one-off or regular donation to our ministry you can give via our Virgin Money Giving page. You can also set up a fundraising page if you wish to do a sponsored event. Visit www.tinyurl.com/give2cyfc facebook.com/cheltenhamyfc
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The autumn edition of the Cheltenham Youth For Christ newsletter.