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Update Christmas 2012

In this issue Growing groups P.1 Paul’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

schools work.

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

this term.

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, I’m a parent get me out of here P.8

often

a

real

challenge as we try

to

reconnect

with students after a

long

break.

summer It takes a

few weeks to get groups

up

running

following

inevitable changes

and

room and

restructuring

of

school days.

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

Christmas Cheer

Walking alongside

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

long

currently

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

amongst

number

for

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

time.

is that the very same God who

overcome some challenges.

We have been supporting another

young

people

or

time

but

of

are

students

who

sent his Son to dwell on the Earth

student

up in front of over 250 of their peers and shared how Christmas is more that just

to

establish

a

presents,

decorations and food.

more

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

young people.

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

school

people we work with have no

patterns.

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

are

students

to be coming alongside young

with

self

doubt,

negative

All Saints Academy to deliver a

behaviour

plagued

or

to

give

them

an

number

of

food

parcels

to

residents of the YMCA as well as donating more food to Foodbank. The school will be collecting food

situations,

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

mentoring sessions.

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

with us.

will give time to listen, challenge

troublesome

home

Through our weekly

the gospel for Christmas along

the

reading

with a song from Guvna B and a

technique lectio divina with our

few other Christmas gifts. Please

that

pray that these will make an

Benedictine

Bible

life

changing. These sessions allow

young

changing and is the lasting peace

young people to consider how

encourages

prayerful

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

influence from

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

gifts

we

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.

and

but

encouragement

peers

life

At one of our CU’s recently we tried

is

relevant

be

members of our groups a copy of

and

only

can

For many

contact we demonstrate that Jesus not

encourage

people who need our support.

and to

people,

a

deep

process and

was “spot on”, and seemed a lot happier and less anxious than she had been at the start of the session.


myLife Along

with

developing

Special

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

an

programme

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.

For

We are really excited about the

Reflex

module

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

award.

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

enable

can get the course up and running

need support to overcome.

decisions.

education

team.

Each

our

The

education,

those

them

to

with

make

good

The programme has

after

the

YFC

We are

Conference

in

come out of Reflex, and has been

January. Please pray for us as we

meet a range of needs; those who

designed

work on the final discussions with

are disengaged with learning and

people

in

work Young

with

young

Offenders

schools.

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 paul@cheltenhamyfc.co.uk 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

He has

some

brilliant

conversations with the young people,

ranging

from

what

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.

Summer sportive

For a while he has been

has grown significantly this term,

We’ve

programme has been designed to

to

The Rock Solid club at Pittville


Putting the Fun in fundraising Over the last few years, November

volunteers

has established itself as “auction

question!

month” in the Cheltenham YFC

afterwards on The Hair Retreat

Facebook someone agreed to round

calendar.

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

stress.

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

challenging year.

and dread.

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

necklace

auction, you made it so much fun

auction we squeeze in visits to a

running.

and your generosity makes such a

large number of retailers in the

This year we had the additional

difference.

Cheltenham area who we ask to

challenge of finding a new venue.

thank the many companies and

consider

or

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.

Despite many

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

are

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.

Café

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

do

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.

our auctions.

a

people’s

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).

voucher.

the details.

We don’t ask her to donate, she

helped us raise £2474 on the night

donating

an

item

Gemma at the Hair

before

we

ask

the

When we thanked her

for

success

the

because

second

of

year

That spirit of generosity

(20% more than last year’s auction). When

we

truly

posted

total

on

This extra

We would also like to

thankful

Rouge

another

the

for

auction

that

they

providing

next

a

year.


Vera joins the team At the auction a bid was

made

on

a

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

to

Paul

take

a

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

photos

have

posted

been

and generated much fun.

The bag has

adopted it’s own persona and has

schools,

YFC

Head

Office,

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

currently

willingly gets on with any job given

and fundraising. If you have a skill

representation.

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

using it!

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

no

male

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

have

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

and

value

prayer

guidance

recruit new trustees.

as

for we


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

We have

gradually

been

improving

the

asked about him by students at All

office so when

Saints and I think a mission week

young

people

with Stance’s street dance skills

Un-

and Guvna B will be really power-

or

ful. (Cost approx. £300 per day) I

come to

our work amongst young people.

derground

other events we

Paul’s Christmas List

conversations with young people We are still getting

would also love to see

another

“I would love to be able to run

have

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

dance

that

of these ideas a reality, you can do

team

“Stance”

(think

Diversity from Britain's Got Talent)

proper sound and vision.

about faith.

would

definitely

top

my

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

Virgin

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-

young

peo-

specific item then please specify

ple.”

ple’s

lives

what you would like to donate

being

trans-

ested in using them.

A mission

(Cost of a Stance mission

week £500)

towards.

Giving

facility

Regular giving is the

formed

and

most effective and by setting up a

Fliks Christmas List

them

hav-

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.

Aid qualified.

Both

after the young

myself

people we

This

can via

either

work with to a better stand-

Trev’s Christmas List

done

ard. (Costs £125 per person)

“For me the highlight of

enclosed

last year was the Guvna B

Virgin Giving.

mission week.

Joe’s Christmas List “As a musician I know how

influ-

We were

able to have so many

the or

be form

through


Praise

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

undervalued.

impact on the effectiveness of the

possibilities. The team are always

Trustee Board.

Little jobs get

singing

tremendous difference to our work.

taken care of

without anyone

Over the years we have been

noticing and agendas and minutes

unseen

Often they are the

people

who

make

a

her

praises

and

love

having her around the office. On the evening of the GAVCA

privileged to have many wonderful

awards Sarah did not

trustees

win but was beaten by

who

have

brought

a

wealthy of skills, expertise and

an

incredibly

experience.

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.

worthy

still feel that Sarah is Gloucestershire

our Trustee of the Year

Prayer

Voluntary

and

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

our auction.

Every

year

Association

for

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

more.

nominate Sarah Stone for the

comes into the office once a week

contribute to the board, please get

award.

where she takes care of our

in touch with Paul who will happily

financial

explain what is involved.

Sarah has been our

Trustee Secretary since 2009 and

post,

manages

our

If you feel you could

that God will speak to us as an organization.

 For

the development of myLife

and that schools will take up the opportunities it brings.

 For

the young people who we

have talked and prayed with this term, that they will know God’s peace this Christmas.

 That

Short Stories

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

Hog Roast

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

your

first

drink.

To

book

tickets

email

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

a

parent

is

a

real

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.

office@cheltenhamyfc.co.uk 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

not

set

Give

as

You

Live’s

www.everyclick.com/cheltenhamyouthforchrist

sister

site

as

your

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.

YFC Conference

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.

The

quickly.

evening

little

annual YFC conference.

will

be

a

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

honestly

share

their

After many years in North

Upcoming Events

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”

January

but an honest real world

7-12th

conversation about how we

February

can parent well and what

23rd

children and young people

March

feel they need. It will look at

TBC

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

in

your

please contact Paul.

church

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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Christmas 2012 Update