Update Christmas 2012
In this issue Growing groups P.1 Paulâ€™s thoughts, Walking alongside, Christmas Cheer P.2
Growing groups This term has been incredibly exciting in our
Solid group at All Saints Academy has grown from
Besides Trev starting to go into
nine young people to around twenty young people
Tewkesbury School to help with the Christian
with new members continuing to come. Joe has
Union we have seen our groups grow significantly
also been able to use his musical gifts to begin
working with students at All Saints. In time this will
myLife, CYFC Sportive P.3
The start of each
Auction 2012 P.4
academic year is
Vera joins the team P.5 Christmas wish list P.6 Trustee of the Year, Short stories P.7 Shopping for good, Hog Roast, YFC Conference, Iâ€™m a parent get me out of here P.8
challenge as we try
with students after a
summer It takes a
few weeks to get groups
We then normally work hard at
involve them in creating their own music with their
reengaging the existing group members to get the
own lyrics about issues important to them.
group back to where we left off the previous
It has also been a time of more apparent openness
academic year. This year has been very different.
with more young people asking about faith or
After a struggle last year with numbers of four or
sharing about their situations. We have had the
five, our group in Pittville School has settled at an
opportunity to pray with more young people than we
average of fifteen young people a week. Our Rock
normally would throughout this term.
Paul’s thoughts As we approach Christmas and the end of the year it is good to look back and reflect on all that God has done. After a difficult and painful year we have ended on a high, our work has expanded into a fifth school, our school groups are growing and we are mentoring
an increasing number of students. Why are things going so well? Is it
This term we are developing our
One young person who has been
In December the students from the
the more regular prayer meeting
mentoring service to schools. This
mentored this term was choosing
Bournside CU took a Year 7
(now every Monday at 9am if you
is something we have done for a
not to engage at school and was
assembly on a Christmas theme.
want to join us), the great team
frequently not attending. Through
Eight of the young people stood
(they really are), a deeper hunger
expanding. We are working with a
the mentoring they have made a
decision to attend more frequently
something else. All of these have
various reasons the school has
and is turning up to lessons on
an effect but ultimately I believe it
asked us to invest sometime to
is that the very same God who
overcome some challenges.
We have been supporting another
sent his Son to dwell on the Earth
up in front of over 250 of their peers and shared how Christmas is more that just
decorations and food.
This is just one of the many
has a concern and passion for
Many young people face really
organised structure to his course
Christmas activities we have been
As we celebrate
challenges that can sometimes
work in order that he can achieve
involved in this year. Just before
the birth of Christ we celebrate life
lead them into poor choices that
what he is capable of.
Christmas we will be working with
in Christ and the peace that
can lead to lack of engagement at
comes with it. Many of the young
people we work with have no
At a time when we consider how
This term we have
Jesus is Emmanuel, “God with us”
genuine peace in their lives. They
started working with a number of
came alongside us it seems right
to be coming alongside young
All Saints Academy to deliver a
residents of the YMCA as well as donating more food to Foodbank. The school will be collecting food
opportunity to consider the choices
bullying and friendship issues to
they make through one to one
during the last two weeks of term.
name a few things that destroy
We are also giving all of the
their peace. Every week as we go
young people the one thing they
into schools we take the peace of
lack is time with adults. To have
God that passes all understanding
an hour a week with an adult who
will give time to listen, challenge
Through our weekly
the gospel for Christmas along
with a song from Guvna B and a
technique lectio divina with our
few other Christmas gifts. Please
pray that these will make an
changing. These sessions allow
changing and is the lasting peace
young people to consider how
impact on the lives of the young
that we all need.
they choose to behave without
reading of a bible passage. One of
people who get them. Members of
Thank you for all your support this
the girls in the group who is
Underground will also receive a
year. Without you prayers, time,
develop a strategy for making
struggling academically said that
present that they will be asked to
better choices. For some young
give to their friends.
people these sessions will be one
the Psalm she had been reading
would not be in a position to see our work growing.
We pray that
of the last opportunities to turn
this Christmas the peace of God
their life around before getting
will fill your hearts.
excluded from school.
At one of our CU’s recently we tried
members of our groups a copy of
contact we demonstrate that Jesus not
people who need our support.
was “spot on”, and seemed a lot happier and less anxious than she had been at the start of the session.
Institutes or with young people
mentoring service to schools we
Educational Needs and those who
most at risk in schools. Students
are also launching myLife. This is
seek to develop positive character
will be selected by their school to
traits to help support them in their
join a myLife course as part of their
consisting of character based life
development as a young person
normal school day.
skills modules created by YFC’s
transitioning into adulthood.
We are really excited about the
some young people myLife could
launch of myLife as it provides us
enables young people to gain an
provide them with the possibility of
another opportunity to engage with
“Intro to Living and Life Skills”
an alternative life choice that may
students. We believe the course
reduce their chance of becoming
could make a significant difference
at risk of involvement in crime.
in the lives of the young people
We are trying to launch myLife in
Through myLife we are looking to
who will be involved.
schools in the new term, primarily
enable young people to develop
hoping to get the final plans in
working with young people who
character traits and skills that will
place before the end of term so we
are facing challenges that they
can get the course up and running
need support to overcome.
The programme has
come out of Reflex, and has been
January. Please pray for us as we
meet a range of needs; those who
work on the final discussions with
are disengaged with learning and
On a regular basis Paul gets asked where he will be
variety of routes ranging from a 10-15 mile family route up
cycling next, the only trouble is it seems a bit of a
to a 2 day giant route of 150-200 miles. We will also have
challenge to top Annecy!
some routes in between.
If you are interested please
dreaming of cycling the length of Italy, or through Spain
email email@example.com indicating if you would
but deep down knows these are not going to happen.
be interested in a one or two day challenge and roughly
Bradley Wiggins has won the Tour de France but I
how many miles you would like to ride. If enough people
wonder whether he would he be tempted to enter the
are interested Paul will get route planning.
inaugural CYFC Tour of Gloucestershire. Paul is looking
promised to come up with easy routes, slightly harder
for a team of people to take on the challenge of cycling
routes, challenging routes and ridiculously painful routes
around Gloucestershire one weekend in May or June
depending on who is interested.
2013. Depending on who is interested we will produce a
from around four young people to fifteen. had
conversations with the young people,
happens when you die to what influences us most in our lives.
We found out that a few of the young people in the group are Christians, so it has been great to support them in expressing what they believe and it’s been awesome to watch them telling others in the group about what following Jesus is like, and why they follow him.
For a while he has been
has grown significantly this term,
programme has been designed to
The Rock Solid club at Pittville
Putting the Fun in fundraising Over the last few years, November
has established itself as “auction
month” in the Cheltenham YFC
afterwards on The Hair Retreat
Facebook someone agreed to round
The auction itself is the
Facebook group she replied “Bless
up the total to £2500.
final part of lots of work and frequent
you, thank you, I try to do all that I
income allows us to end the year on
Every year we start the
can and really look forward to the
a much more stable base following a
auction with a mixture of hope, fear
auction every year :-)”. Others such
as Ryan and Lisa of RJ Spicers
Thank you to all those who came
Jewellers donated a lovely pearl
along and supported us at the
In the months leading up to the
auction, you made it so much fun
auction we squeeze in visits to a
and your generosity makes such a
large number of retailers in the
This year we had the additional
Cheltenham area who we ask to
challenge of finding a new venue.
thank the many companies and
When we walked in to Café Rouge to
Individuals who donated items to the
services to the auction in order to
ask them to donate a meal voucher
auction. We recognise that there is
support our work.
we did not expect to leave with the
no reason that they should give but
telling us they are not able to support
venue booked for the evening. The
us, we are encouraged to keep going
manager, Charlie, and his team
recognised the importance of our
by the many who willingly agree to
could not have been more helpful on
work. We are incredibly grateful to
donate. At a time when retailers are
the night and in the lead up to it.
struggling the generosity that many
They helped make it an enjoyable
wonderful venue with excellent staff.
of them show is a glowing tribute to
evening for everyone who attended.
People have already asked if we will
our local business community. Over
As always it is the people who turn
the last few years, we have got to
up on the night who make the
Straight after the auction it never
know a number of people as we
evening such a success. We always
seems a good idea but I am sure it
have talked to them each year.
aim to make it a fun evening and
will be in the diary! In the meantime
Slaters, Cineworld and The Hair
based on everyone’s feedback we
why not join us on 23rd February for
Retreat have donated to all three of
succeeded. Ultimately the night was
our “Hog Roast Quiz night” at St.
Matthews Church which we are sure
Retreat not only donates each year
generosity; where else would you
will be another night of real fun. See
but has come to the last two (she
find people paying £15 for a £10
the advert elsewhere in Update for
missed the first one due to snow).
We don’t ask her to donate, she
helped us raise £2474 on the night
Gemma at the Hair
When we thanked her
That spirit of generosity
(20% more than last year’s auction). When
We would also like to
Vera joins the team At the auction a bid was
purple “Vera Wang” tote bag, bidding was going well and then someone made a bid on the condition that Paul would take the bag around with him for a month. agreed
photo a day and post
The adventures of Vera: Top row from left: Cheltenham Christmas Market, YFC Head Office, Paul with some admin staff at All Saints. Bottom row from left: With Lisa from RJ Spicers, Visiting Gemma at the Hair Retreat
it on our Facebook group.
Over the last few weeks the
and generated much fun.
The bag has
adopted it’s own persona and has
become know as Vera. Vera has
shopping and regularly attends
been to a wide variety of places,
church. The following are a variety
of the photos for those who don’t use Facebook or Twitter.
Can you help? It has been great to have Anna join
always need volunteers of all kind
some men to the board as we
us on a Tuesday in the office. She
e.g. admin, youth work, IT support
willingly gets on with any job given
and fundraising. If you have a skill
to her and is a valuable part of the
we can probably find a way of
someone or would consider getting
team. Besides being very helpful
involved as a trustee yourself,
you like to be part of the team and help make a difference to the young people we work with? We
If you know of
please get in touch with Paul who
she also helps make it a great fun place to work or volunteer. Would
We are still looking to recruit a few more trustees, including someone to fill the role of Chairperson. We would particularly like to recruit
can discuss it further. We would particularly wisdom
recruit new trustees.
Christmas wish list Christmas is nearly upon us and
ential music can be.
after a busy term the team are looking forward to a little break. We decided to ask them what they would like to see in CYFC’s Christmas stocking to help us build
asked about him by students at All
office so when
Saints and I think a mission week
with Stance’s street dance skills
and Guvna B will be really power-
ful. (Cost approx. £300 per day) I
our work amongst young people.
other events we
Paul’s Christmas List
conversations with young people We are still getting
would also love to see
“I would love to be able to run
another mission week next year.
We have been donated a TV but
ta’s like last year.”
YFC have launched a new street
we still need an amp for music,
If you would like to help make any
of these ideas a reality, you can do
Diversity from Britain's Got Talent)
proper sound and vision.
list.” (Cost approximately £100)
Guvna B gig at a venue like Cos-
so by donating via the form enclosed or through our online
and we have a few schools interJon’s Christmas List
week further enhances our weekly
“I am looking forward to establish-
(www.tinyurl.com/give2cyfc) If you
work and can make a huge impact
ing myLife next year. I want to see
would like to give all or part of a
in the lives of the young peo-
specific item then please specify
what you would like to donate
ested in using them.
(Cost of a Stance mission
Regular giving is the
most effective and by setting up a
Fliks Christmas List
standing order you will also be
“I would love to be able to get First
ing a chance
making these and many other
to move for-
things possible. The cost of three
and Trev need this qualifica-
ward into a more positive fu-
coffees a month (£10) soon adds
tion that would help us look
ture.” (Cost £30 per session)
up to make a huge difference.
after the young
work with to a better stand-
Trev’s Christmas List
ard. (Costs £125 per person)
“For me the highlight of
last year was the Guvna B
Joe’s Christmas List “As a musician I know how
able to have so many
Trustee of the year
For the growth in our work. For the
The role of trustees can easily be
in that time she has made a terrific
database and investigates funding
impact on the effectiveness of the
possibilities. The team are always
Little jobs get
tremendous difference to our work.
taken care of
Over the years we have been
noticing and agendas and minutes
Often they are the
having her around the office. On the evening of the GAVCA
privileged to have many wonderful
awards Sarah did not
win but was beaten by
wealthy of skills, expertise and
winner. Despite this we
success of the auction.
For the changes in young people’s lives through mentoring.
For the Christmas hampers delivered with All Saints Academy.
For a Savior who came near to us.
still feel that Sarah is Gloucestershire
our Trustee of the Year
and as a result we
For a new Chair of Trustees.
Community Action (GAVCA) holds
acknowledged that at
For a positive YFC Conference,
an awards ceremony where they
recognise the contribution made by volunteers.
Sarah is presented a certificate recognising her work by the Mayor of Cheltenham Cllr Colin Hay Our
One of the three
trustee board is
made up of a fantastic
awards is for Trustee of the Year
miraculously arrive with all the
group of people but we still need
and this year we decided to
important information. Sarah also
nominate Sarah Stone for the
comes into the office once a week
contribute to the board, please get
where she takes care of our
in touch with Paul who will happily
explain what is involved.
Sarah has been our
Trustee Secretary since 2009 and
If you feel you could
that God will speak to us as an organization.
the development of myLife
and that schools will take up the opportunities it brings.
the young people who we
have talked and prayed with this term, that they will know God’s peace this Christmas.
as we share the Good News
Sometimes we come across unexpected opportunities
recently and laughed non stop, to the point where their
that only arise as a result of our regular work in schools.
stomach hurt! At the end of the session they told us that
Recently we had an opportunity to talk with a student
it was the first time they had laughed in a very long time.
about the grace of God as they shared about an incident that had happened to them. After a talking through the
After running our weekly drop in club at All Saints
issue we were able to pray for the young person before
Academy, the teacher whose class we use commented
they went about their school day.
on the benefit of the club to the students. She also said how much they look forward to it. “They love you guys!”
One young person we work with has been facing real challenges recently. Having talked about them over a number of weeks they came to one of our groups
we will have a fruitful year
She said, “They run up the stairs to come and see you.”
relevantly to the young people we meet.
I’m a Parent get me out of here!
Christmas shopping for good
I remember being told by my parents that nothing in life is
February is one of those months in which very little
free. On the whole I think they are correct but I have found
happens. It is cold, wet and dark and we could all do
the exception to the rule. I have discovered that it really is
with some fun to brighten it up. That is why we have
possible to give to the work of Cheltenham YFC for free. I
decided to have a Hog Roast quiz night on 23rd
know this sounds nonsensical but it really is true. If like me
As a father of a 15 year old daughter and a 12 year old
you use the internet to shop, you really can support our work at no costs.
By visiting www.giveasyoulive.com/join/
February at St. Matthews’ Church to give us all something to look forward to. Tickets are only £6 per adult and £3.50 per child which includes all your food and
son Paul is aware of the
cheltenhamyouthforchrist you can click on your favourite
challenges of parenting but
online retailers and they will give us a donation as a thank
flier and send it in to us. We need to know numbers as
also understands that it is
you every time you shop. They may only be small amounts
tickets will only be sold in advance.
probably one of the most
but if enough people join in, the pennies really will turn into
raised will support our work amongst young people and
the pounds. So far this year we have raised over £70 with
in particular will go to support the work of myLife.
important things we will ever do. Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to nurture and develop our children. Maintaining a good balance as
challenge we are often faced with challenges that are not
20 people. If everyone of our supporters joined in we could see those figure rise to an annual income of over £1500.
firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the attached
All the money
As always with our events we know you will have a fun evening whilst also supporting an important part of our ministry.
Now that really is quite a lot of money for nothing! Why
homepage and start raising money for free every time you
straightforward. Next year we are looking to
search! Every three searches you do generates 1p. You
run a number of evenings
will be amazed at how quickly your searches add up.
looking at parenting and the
Combined with Give as You Live your total can add up very
The start of January is when the team head off for the
challenges we face.
annual YFC conference.
Wales it is nice to only have to travel a little way up the
different as not only will Paul
road to Coventry this year. Conference is important as
share from his experience
it is the only time in the year when the whole
but he will be join by his children who will be allowed to
After many years in North
perspective. This will not be
organisation comes together. It is an opportunity for the team to be refreshed, receive some good teaching and meet with staff from other centres. As we look
an evening of “expert advice”
but an honest real world
conversation about how we
can parent well and what
children and young people
feel they need. It will look at
forward to the New Year it is an opportunity to stop and YFC Annual Conference
Hog Roast quiz night
listen to what God is saying to us.
It is also an
opportunity to consider what is happening in the wider world of YFC, both nationally and in other centres.
Cheltenham YFC AGM
all stages of parenting from babies through to teens.
If you would like to host an evening
please contact Paul.
Ways to give 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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