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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

hectic.

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

change .

different look to it. Paul continues as our Director

Gorsley Festival, NDOP P.3 New Wine P.4 Auction 2012 P.5

In

our

last

newsletter

we

announced

that

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.

August.

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

Everyclick P.8

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

degree.

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.

It

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.

Everyone in-

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

Work.

Last year I started university and I

hoping that it will be beneficial and

continued

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.

Our

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

touch.

my

started leading all the youth work

What do you do for enjoyment?

My name is Joe, I’m 22 years old

for them.

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

student

of

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.

placements.

University

at

the

University

I spoke to a lot of

of

Gloucestershire

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

youth work?

doing so I got in contact with Paul

of churches in London.

I got involved in youth work just

and arranged to meet.

enjoy

after I became a Christian 3 years

playing

sport,

I also

especially

basketball and football.

ago. I started volunteering at the youth club that I attended and

Monday Prayers

began to lead a few of their bible study

groups.

I

was

really

Our regular prayer meeting has

encouraged by the youth worker to

moved to a Monday morning at

take it further and recommended

9am.

that I applied for a one year ABC youth work course.

asked to go and lead on Venture

know that

prayer

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

the Gospel.

challenges and experiences.

I

have mostly had experience of What did you do last year and

We

provides the foundations for our

I was then

will be able to use your skills, whatever they are, so please get in

at

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

volunteers involved in our schools work and Underground make a real

volunteer

church in Chipping Campden and

volved brings a wealth of skills and experience that make an incredible

to

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

Saturday.

also encouraging that a number of

sessions Paul was also on the

Throughout

people wanted to

core speaking team for the youth

the weekend

find

work. Chris once again ran sports

the

about

in the afternoon along with Joe.

p e o p l e

and the wider work

About 150 young people were

explored

of

involved in the two youth age

theme of the

Christ.

groups, all looking at the theme of

Kingdom

to

the Kingdom of God.

God and the

young

the

of

out

more

our

work

Youth

It is great

hear

from

For

stories

around

the

Paul spoke at the Gorsley Festival.

The adult stream of the festival

challenges

had a real YFC flavour to it with

and implications that brings to our

things that God is doing as well as

YFC

lives. Throughout the weekend a

being

Calver speaking in the evenings in

number

people

encourage those in youth ministry

the big top and former YFC

surrendered their lives to Jesus

before they head back to their

National

and many more went deeper in

churches for the start of the new

leading the bible teaching in the

their relationship with God.

term.

morning.

It was really great to connect with

National

Director

Director

Clive

Gavin

Calver

Former YFC worship

of

country

young

able

to

of

support

the

and

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

can

only

be

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

her

dealing

numerous

with family

how we work with young people

bereavements, parental

across Cheltenham. For one week

separation, bullying and

over

other

the

summer

Jon

was

seconded to National YFC to be on their stand at New Wine North and

incidents.

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

worked.

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

at

went on and talking about the work

January if the young person is

of

there.

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

“One

of

the

most

moving

conversation I had during the week

YFC

seemed

insignificant.

However, as we talked about

A gift set donated by Body Shop.

I don't know whether it

our

annual

conference

in

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!�

Tempting chocolates from Hotel Chocolat.


We would like to thank the following companies who have

supported

the

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.

To

not come along for a good night

Ask Italian

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

Battledown Brewery

This year we have a change of

facebook group.

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

Crystals

retailers of Cheltenham incredibly

David Christophers

generous.

Dodwells

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

Giltwood Galleries

of beer, Pandora bracelets and a

The Hair Retreat

week

Hotel Chocolat

away

in

Pembrokeshire.

There is a chance to get tickets for

Howells

the cinema, an indulgent manicure,

Huffkins

a hair cut or have afternoon tea at

Inside Out

the prestigious Ellenborough Park Hotel.

Kitcheners Lakeland The Nail Lounge

This year there will also be a

Monty Smiths

number of additional raffles and

Pandora Cheltenham

prizes and the opportunity to go

Pizza Hut

home with a lovely box of Body

Rise Records

Shop and Lush goodies.

Signature Barbers

We are constantly receiving new

Slaters

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.

Despite

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.

In

hind sight it might have been easier

to

run

a

water

polo

tournament!

Feeling

a

little

down

and

disappointed with the weather, they persisted in kicking the ball between themselves hoping that the

wet

c a mpers

on

racecourse

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.

familiar face.

As the sun broke

people who came to Annecy had

between

come down for the weekend.

the

One of the young

clouds one or two young

people

Despite the weather, fun was had

came and joined

by Trev and Jon and the 50 plus

in.

Some had

young people they interacted with.

recently visited the cage at Soul

We look forward to next year and

Survivor and were excited to see

better weather.

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.

Over

the

weekend

short

bursts

of

sunshine

were

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.

Flik’s Journey

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

them.

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

the year.

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.

Flik now

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.

was

It is great

something

I

wanted

to

Prayer

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

For

about her year with us.

their youth work degrees, and how

Joe as he settles in to the

team.

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

to

roles.

just be one of the team – plan and

academic basis would be very

do

good

youth

work

an

For

Flik as she and Tom plan

lead sessions, throw out ideas,

it means to live life following Jesus.

useful.

and be involved as much as

However,

was

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

massive

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

the

best

potential,

thing

and

getting

their wedding.

going to bring!

F o r

For

further

growth

in

our Christian Unions at

Bournside and Pates that they

Congratulations

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

future together.

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

we meet.

she

got

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

work forward.

future.

new suits!

Flik and Tom

has

also

For

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.

Barnabas

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

There

of

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.

Jon’s Jump

Church.

This group faithfully pray for us

I wanted to write this update and say that I jumped out of the

plane,

the

parachute

opened and that I survived to

are

a

couple

waiting to throw myself out of a plane. I have recently been suffering some minor health issues which have left me waiting

on

the

diagnose

This year your

before being able to jump.

Christmas shopping could make a real difference in the life

There

of a young person.

was

also

a

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

Upcoming Events

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

November

men to the board as we currently have no male

7th

representation.

Charity Auction at Café Rouge

http://tinyurl.com/jonsjump

If you know of someone or would

consider getting involved as a trustee yourself please

January 7-12th

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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Autumn 2012 Update