September 2017 Pick me up!
Youth Update | Small Groups | Summer Recap
Youth Update ADAM LANGLOIS | YOUTH CO-ORDINATOR So what's happening in the world of Youth? Summertime, often seen as an opportunity to take a break, relax a little, recharge the batteries, but this most definitely isn’t the case for the youth team this year. Having been given ‘the okay’ to push ahead with a number of their ideas, they’ve used the past couple of months to plan, build and develop. So where are we now? Let’s take a look. New Recruits! ‘The Youth Years’ is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a period of time in our lives that’s hopefully full of fun and laughter, full of journeying and adventure, learning and growing. That’s not to say that the years after that aren’t full of those things! But, once we hit
the big 1-8, the wider world grabs us and transports us to University, the working world or perhaps something a little different in some cases. This year we have two of our young people who are in this phase, although we get to keep them a little while longer! Harry Hider and Lucy Allen are taking their first steps into leadership having agreed to join the Youth Team with a September 2017 start date. The rest of the team are all really excited to hear all the ideas they have to offer and hopefully learn a thing or two from them! The Youth Club Talking of ideas, those two really hit the ground running. Shiloh has run many successful youth clubs over the years and this September we aim to launch another.
We’ll be creating a fun and open space for anyone in school years 7-11 to come and hang out, eat, drink, try sports, play games, challenge one another, support one another, learn new skills and much much more. We hope through this social time we’ll be able to build friendships, develop bonds, advertise what else we have to offer throughout the month and reflect Jesus in a world that so needs Him! Keep an eye out for details and invite all of your friends, their friends, and their friend’s friends! Girls & Guys Nights In addition to the youth club, we’re also introducing separate Girls and Guys Nights, an opportunity for the girls to spend time together without the constant fear of having a stray football launched at them and an opportunity for the guys to spend time together without any focus other than having a good time and eating food (you’ll notice that food is a running theme in our activities, but then so it was in Jesus’ life!). We hope the evenings help to build the friendships and bonds that are so key in any Christian's life and we know that we’re going to have a fun time doing it! Lydia Pascoe - Update The Lydia update. As many of you will now know, Lydia is going on an adventure! Lyds is heading out to Belize for a YWAM (Youth with a Mission) discipleship course which will see her spend three months at base in Belize before flying out on Christmas Eve to an as of yet unknown location for two further months of mission. This is going to be an amazing experience and we are so looking forward to hearing all about her time away on her return! We’re secretly hoping that she’ll come back and rejoin the Youth Team once she’s back, but don’t tell her I told you that.
Jordan Dodsworth - Update Working with the young people is so rewarding, it’s great to journey with them and see them flourish, which is why one of our team has served in the Youth Team for so long. You can probably count the number of youth sessions Jordan has missed over his time on one hand, most of those being due to a broken foot. For these past few years Jordan has seen many young people join and move on out of the youth group, he’s seen many leaders come and go, but he’s remained there supporting Shiloh youth in it’s many different forms. Mr Enthusiastic has now stepped down from the Youth Team, allowing him to explore other areas, some of you may have seen the awesome job he’s done with the church website. The magazine that this article is printed in, the pages you are holding are another example of this guys talents. If those two examples are a sign of things to come then I can’t wait to see what else is in store! On behalf of the Youth Team, the Youth Group and Shiloh Church as a whole, I would like to thank Jordan for his time, his efforts and his unwavering support for the young people he has journeyed with. We hope that his enthusiasm and love for Jesus continues to shine through and is seen by all in whatever next steps he takes. There are details on our website which outlines the what, when, who and where of what we currently offer as part of the Lyfe Youth setup. If you’re interested in joining in any of the sessions then we would be so glad to have you come along. Our aim is simple, we just want to hang out, have fun and walk life’s journey together. There are activities for all, everyone is welcome, whether you go to church or not, whether you are Christian or not, whether you like pineapple on your pizza or not, everyone is welcome.
Small Groups Find what fits you.
Small groups are gatherings that meet regularly to provide an opportunity to make friends, make disciples, and work out what it means to live as followers of Jesus. It is in small groups that people can get close enough to know each other, to care and share, to challenge and support, to confide and confess. Personal growth does not happen in isolation. It is the result of interactive relationships. We have a variety of small groups at Shiloh. There are long term groups and short term ones. Here are some that are running in September. If you would like to be in one of these groups or if you have any inspiration to start something new, please speak to Jane Kewell. | 07781 468321 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Connections From September to December this women's study group will look at the spiritual lessons learned from women in the Bible and what they mean for our life today. We’ll read about women who encountered God and whose lives were forever changed. They will encourage us through their failures as well as their successes. This is a group for women of any age and we will be meeting fortnightly on Thursday mornings, starting on Thursday 14th September. Please see Jane Kewell if you’d like to come along or would like more information. 07781 468321 | email@example.com
Community Group Chrissy Salmon is one of our elders and our Community Coordinator. Her passion is to see the church reach out and engage in mission with Guernsey’s community. This could mean a wide variety of activities. The group meets predominately on Wednesday evenings, with flexibility in dates and venues likely. This group takes a variety of forms, going ‘out’ on mission, praying and developing new initiatives to reach our community. Contact Chrissy Salmon firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies Walking Group This group meets fortnightly. The walks start from different places and usually end up in a cafe for a cup of tea or coffee. Please contact Veronica Lajoie or Jan Tucker for more information.
Housegroups We currently have four house groups and they meet in homes during the week on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. These groups will include a mix of Bible study, prayer, discussion, support and social times together. If you would like to know more or to join a group please speak to Jane Kewell. email@example.com | 07781468321
Mens Group This group meets together regularly and enjoys a wide range of fun activities. Including but not limited to curries, petanque evenings, walks and visits to local landmarks. If you need further information please speak to Richard Le G.
The Dark Night of The Shed Men are often described as having a midlife crisis – classically expressed by buying a large motorbike or sports car, running off with a younger woman, or wearing lycra and taking up cycling or competing in triathlons. I think Christian men can also have a form of ‘midlife crisis of faith’. Things have changed – as well as positives, they have seen disappointments, setbacks and losses. Many of the beliefs that underpinned their younger years no longer seem quite so certain and relevant, or fully answer all their questions. Perhaps they are not even sure what the right questions are. Rather than be broken by these fears, hopes and challenges, how can a believer find new meaning and maturity in the midst of this upheaval? I would like to invite (middle-aged) men to meet together to work through some of these things, using a book called ‘The Dark Night of the Shed’ by Nick Page (as recommended by Mark Melluish at New Wine) to help us do this. Using the metaphor of the shed, together with the story of Jacob, a little Jungian theory and personal testimonies, the book is honest, humorous and challenging, and addresses many of the issues described above.
Seniors Bible Study This meets on a Thursday afternoon at 2.30pm in the Hive Lounge, every other week. This group provides an opportunity to delve deeper into scripture, to ask questions about Christian faith and to learn together. If you are of retirement age and would like to join, you would be most welcome. This is a very encouraging group - why not come and check us out? Our meetings will start on Thursday 28 September. Please contact Andrew Kewell for further details on 07781113352
Theology in the Pub This group meets roughly twice a month to consider various theological questions. In recent months, we have looked at the early chapters of Genesis and considered ideas about what it is to be created in the image of God. Currently, we are working our way through Marks Gospel. I anticipate this taking us until the New Year. The venue at the moment is the Jerbourg Hotel, which boasts an extensive collection of delicious cakes! The hope is that guests and even staff over hear our discussions and hopefully join in!
summer at shiloh
Over the summer months, we hung out together as a community. Instead of our usual Gathering, we shared fish and chips on the beach, picnics in the park and played water balloon games on the field. This was an opportunity to build friendships and welcome new faces. see more pictures at shilohchurch.gg/summer Now the summer is drawing to a close, The Gathering is meeting as normal. Join us at 6:00 pm on a Sunday.
the gathering | a fresh expression of faith
Festival of Fun took place on Sunday 16th July. We were delighted to welcome over 700 guests for an afternoon of family fun! The children enjoyed face painting, ice cream and craft activities whilst the adults could relax with a cup of tea and a piece of cake. As night fell we lit the bonfire and were entertained by the amazing George and Kirsty and our very own Shiloh band. Many thanks to all who volunteered.
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