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Issue 5 Issue November-December 3 July-August 2009 2009

God Rocks at Pyramid Rock

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oliday club is one of our most important church events making a direct impact on our local community, and we often think about the positive effect on the lives of the children and their families. But what about the transforming influence on people from our own church family, who volunteer to be part of the leadership team? Laura Robins caught up with Becca Hood to hear about her rock solid experience.

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ou might recognise Becca Hood as the really tiny singer who‘s been missing for a while. In reality, Becca is starting her final year at Royal Holloway studying French and Music after a year abroad teaching English in Aurillac (France) She‘s been coming to St John‘s since she came to Royal Holloway in 2006 and saw volunteering at Pyramid Rock Holiday Club as a good way of getting back into the swing of things at church after a year away, bringing her boyfriend Mike with her to drum in the band. Throughout the course of the week, she worked with the Fantastic Pharaohs and could be seen on the dais each day leading the Memory Verse activities, which ranged from puzzles to balloon popping to fishing through bowls of goo. Quite apart from finding herself leading these activities, the most surprising aspect of her week was how much work there was to do. She admits a certain amount of naivety about how much preparation would be involved, but still enthusiastically did all that was required of her, spending many afternoons preparing her memory verse activities. She explained that she has so many amazing memories of Pyramid Rock, with one particular moment standing out when she was teaching her group about the concept of famine. When she asked what the children would do if they went to Tesco and there was no food, to be met with the answer ―Go to Sainsburys‖ !! Becca readily admits to not being a public speaker, and was understandably nervous about talking in front of so many people. Even her practice runs explaining the Memory Verse activities to the leaders were scaring her, but she found that after a time of prayer in the morning briefing before the business of the day, she felt a real sense of calm, and actually the explanations flowed just fine and the children thoroughly enjoyed the activities. Another lasting effect of the week was meeting lots of adults and the younger students who have joined since she went to France, putting an end to fears of being mistaken for a Fresher when she came back in September. Concerns about change had been playing on her mind for her whole year abroad, not just during Holiday Club week, and thinking about it a couple of weeks later, Becca realised how profound the memory verse they‘d learnt during the week was, and how relevant it is to everyone‘s lives, not just the children who attended each day. “The Lord himself will go before you, he will be with you everywhere you go, he will not leave you on your own there so don’t you worry, don’t you be afraid” [Deuteronomy Becca in action 31v8, re-worded slightly to fit to the tune of ―Any Dream Will Do‖ by Lani Thomas] is so pertinent to people moving on to new things - whatever is happening in all our lives, Pyramid Rock was a reminder to everyone that God Himself goes before us and we have nothing to worry about.

One of the daily memory verse games Looking for an opportunity to serve at St John’s? There‘s plenty of opportunity. Talk to one of the staff team or church wardens for more details.

INSIDE… Bryan Wheeler‘s life time of service … p6 Spotlight on CPAS… p3 Youth news … p8


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“Just Walk Across the Room” by Bill Hybels struck me transform Editor, Alison Berry as a perfect piece for a transform magazine which has a great focus on serving others and our responsibility for our communities, the ones we can see and the ones we can‘t.

Better than anyone in history, in any field or discipline, Jesus capitalised on the possibility in people – the hidden potential inherent in all of us. Talented entrepreneurs in our society see a hidden potential in a product or service before anybody else does – and as a result of pursuing their vision, cutting-edge companies emerge. But Jesus had a corner on the ―potential‖ market. He had an uncanny ability to look past the obvious flaws in people‘s lives and envision who they could become if the power of God were released in their lives. Intrinsically, he just wondered about people. Wondered what they might look like in a transformed state. Wondered what impact they could have if their lives were invested in things of eternal value. He somehow saw the godly worshipper clothed as a worn, wearied prostitute. The faithful disciple hiding inside a fisherman named Simon. The hidden philanthropist in the life of a crooked tax collector name Zacchaeus. The risk-taker in a cowardly Jewish ruler named Nicodemus. What a fantastic gift he had for seeing what nobody else could see! ―All things are possible‖ was Jesus‘ mantra. All things. And countless lives were transformed because he chose to look past surface stuff to see what was ultimately possible. The stakes are high. The implications are eternal, and you may be only a conversation away from having unparalleled impact on someone's life - if you will just walk across the room. Recognising that as we have chance encounters, or build longer term relationships, Jesus will be seen in our actions and our words. It is refreshing in this book to be encouraged to simply listen to the Holy Spirit‘s promptings and engage with people, especially as we hear of the perils, loneliness and isolation of the Facebook generation.

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about The magazine for members of St John‘s Church in Egham. It is produced bi-monthly, with the aim of helping to connect and build our church family. Its purpose is to provide information and encouragement on church life and our family – specifically to show how God is transforming situations and people. It‘s not designed for people who don‘t yet come to St John‘s. But, if when you‘ve finished reading your copy, you‘d like to pass it on to a friend or neighbour, then that would be great too!

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Editorial We welcome items for inclusion or ideas for stories. Ideally these should be submitted in an MS Word document, hi - res J P G s or o t h e r e l ec t r oni c f o r m , a n d s e n t b y e m a i l t o transform@stjohnsegham.com The team transform is edited by Alison Berry, with the support of a wider team. The original magazine layout and design was by Richard Jack. Many of the photos are thanks to the talent of David Charlwood and Sheila Wattley. Advertising We accept adverts each issue both from within the church family, and a small number of external advertisements. Acceptance of any advertising is at the discretion of the editing team, and the acceptance of an advertisement in transform magazine is not necessarily an endorsement by the editorial team of the service or product offered. Deadlines The deadline for submissions to be considered for the next edition of transform (January / February 2010) is 11th December.

Want to read more? Just Walk Across the Room is published by Zondervan and is available at Canaan Bookshop in Staines priced £7.99

Thank you to all our advertisers this issue!

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Mission Unwrapped Gifts without wrapping that support our Mission Partners Use Mission Unwrapped to give an alternative gift that will change a life. For the better, and forever. Available as printed catalogue, and also all the gifts can be bought through the church website

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Supporting Mission

Growing leaders, growing churches Rebecca Gash, CPAS Communications and Fundraising Manager talks to transform

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PAS, one of St John‘s Mission Partners, is an Anglican evangelical mission agency working with churches, mainly in the UK and Republic of Ireland. We help churches reach out to men, women and children with the good news of Jesus Christ.

CPAS has a long history of supporting youth and children‘s work through helping to bring the good news of Jesus to young people. We continue to work with youth and children‘s leaders both in the local church and on Ventures and Falcon Camps, which are enjoyed by more than 4,500 children and young people each year. St John‘s has supported Falcon Camps for many years, both financially, and through leaders such as Chris Seager (see photo top left), Kathie Lyndsell and Anne-Maria Roshier joining the teams. Falcon camps are intended to include kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, to provide a memorable, enjoyable, fun packed holiday, and an encounter with Jesus, to children who would otherwise simply not have a holiday. Chris Seager can testify to the transforming work of hearing a child giggle for a week, maybe for the first time in their lives! CPAS believe that the best way to help churches in today‘s world is by supporting those in leadership roles. CPAS works with leaders at every level in churches – ordained and lay, young and older, male and female. Good leadership helps churches to grow, and that‘s why we are investing energy in developing leaders in order to equip churches to help many people hear and discover the gospel message. The Rev John Dunnett, general director of CPAS, says: “The need for leaders is widespread in the Church; leaders with vision, and with the skills and ability to build teams, nurture people and to model Christ-likeness. We know that good leadership is key to church growth, so T h e G r o wi ng Le ad er s that more and more people can hear and discover the good news of Jesus Christ.”

Course, with its emphasis on being „led by Jesus, leading more like Jesus and leading more to Jesus‟‟ enabled me

to give time and space to think about my relationship with God and how I could move forward as a child of God, not just as a leader. Margaret Stevens

The Growing Leaders suite of resources encourages lay leadership; our vocations weekends have already helped over 10,000 men and women in the process of thinking about a call to ordained ministry; full-time leaders are equipped for a life-time of leadership through the Arrow Leadership Programme; and our team of regional leadership advisers, including Laurence Gamlen, offer training and support to churches and individuals. Thousands of people can already testify how they have been equipped and enabled for mission because of leadership development training from CPAS: “'I began to see leadership in a new way realising that leadership was not just about 'up front' people but about leading and encouraging others and discovered that God doesn't choose perfect people but equips them for the task”. Carol Peters – Growing Leaders participant

CPAS is a registered charity, and therefore dependent upon the support of individuals and churches for financial and prayer support. We are very grateful for the faithful and generous support of St John‘s which helps sustains our ministry. If you would like to find out more about CPAS, please contact us on 01926 458458 or have a look at our website www.cpas.org.uk. Laurence Gamlen began working with the Rev Mark Hargreaves (right) when he moved to St Peter‘s, Notting Hill 11 years ago. Mark highlights the support, advice, insight and wisdom that Laurence has provided in developing him as a more effective and mission-focused leader.

Egham & Hythe “Your Local Independent Funeral Directors” Is God calling you to leadership? The next Growing Leaders Course starts at St John‘s in January 2010 Please contact Chris Matthews on 01784 245110 if you would like to consider joining the course.

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Wider Community Responsibility

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picoop (pronounced Apee-co-op) is a bee-keeping co-operative based in Paillaco, a town in the Valdivia province of Chile. It‘s about 12,000 kilometres south of Santiago.

In 1992, Traidcraft started buying honey from this small project group. After five years of selling honey at fair trade prices, Apicoop became a co-operative and bought a honey processing plant. The number of members increased and the co-op became sustainable. Apicoop has used the Fairtrade premium to invest in equipment to improve efficiency in their honey production and they are now diversifying into blueberries. The land farmed by many of the Apicoop members is poor and divided into small, family plots. Without the support of Apicoop – which buys and sells their honey – many families would struggle to make ends meet. Apicoop members depend on their co-op to buy their honey. Up to 70% of a family‘s income can come from the bees, but relying on just one product can be a risky business. That‘s why Apicoop decided to diversify by growing and exporting blueberries, which will be grown on this communal field which they have bought.

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Kathie is always willing to involve others in St John‘ Brill and Bobbie McCance who are integral to her t one Sunday per month but her aim is to do this twic sell!

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As well as assisting Apicoop to obtain a loan, Traidcraft made a grant to help them plant blueberry bushes.

our community grow AND DEVELOP IN harmony

Sonia Chicao and Celia Gonzales are two women beekeepers who sell through Traidcraft's Chilean honey supplier Apicoop. They jointly manage about 30 hives, as business partner, on Sonia's land. Both Sonia and Celia have been elected to the board of the co-op. They live in Calcurrupe, which is in the Lago Ranco general area. WE ARE HELPING

―Apicoop gives us a permanent market for our products and this helps us develop. Before we kept bees we had no jobs and now we have been able to develop ourselves as people and the bees have become a social thing as they are helping the community grow and develop in a harmonious way," say Sonia and Celia. Guido Guenupan and his wife, Sonia Chicao, are both members of Apicoop. ―I have no doubt keeping bees was a good decision because now our main income is based on beekeeping. The bees look after us,‖ says Guido. Page 4

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Focus on Fair Trade

bout how Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping sform their lives.

Lyndsell is usually found surrounded by fairly traded food and gifts, ordering, and transferring items to the storeroom. Established in 1979 as a Christian nse to poverty, Traidcraft are the UK's leading fair trade organisation. St a Traidcraft business for at least 20 years with Kathie being the third person sibility for a ministry with an annual turnover of £5000.

t believe in simply giving producers money - they get alongside them and m for a long period of time. Traidcraft goes that extra mile and works on two firstly that it will pay producers the agreed price for their produce, regardless arket price which is often much lower. Secondly, that they pay a premium to ps, which is used to improve the lives of the whole community and usually or well.

live in the worlds poorest countries, benefit from involvement with Traidcraft All profits go towards St John‘s mission work and so far this year the Lent 00 each.

passionate about trade justice and working with Traidcraft is simply a way ss it. ―I believe that Jesus called us to see everyone in the world as our particularly the poor and oppressed, and Traidcraft is an effective response y that the church can easily adopt.‖

out future plans? Her aim is to double the current £5,000 yearly Traidcraft at St John‘s which is definitely possible in a church of our size if everyone lved. If you‘ve never looked properly at the stall then have a look one SunBuying just one thing really does make a big difference. Kathie stocks 300 now what to choose then you can take advice from the rest of the congregaurt covered raisins and tea. Have a look at www.traidcraftshop.co.uk – if you n‘t have to pay the postage.

“The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honour.” 1 Samuel 2:8

‘s Traidcraft venture and can‘t run it by herself; she is very grateful to Debbie team of volunteers. At the moment she displays and sells Traidcraft goods ce per month and this would be possible with more volunteers to set up and

e as part of a Christian life, is this the year to do so?

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If it wasn’t for the plentiful supply of the Traidcraft Cookies at meetings, I would never have been persuaded to stand for PCC! Anon

Visit the St John’s Traidcraft Stall Saturday 7th November Autumn Coffee Morning 10-12 Sunday 15th November After 9.15 and 11am services Saturday 5th December Children‘s Christmas Crafts 3-5pm Browse and buy food, Christmas gifts and cards

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Focus on People

Celebrating a life time of service Bryan

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s I hand in my Reader‘s licence it seems good that I should look back over my time at St John‘s and recall how God has led me from one task to another, opening doors to allow me to serve, and challenged me to tackle things I would never have thought possible when in about 1967 as a parent of young children I started helping Audrey Richmond teach the children in the choir vestry during 10 o‘clock church. That beginning led on to teaching in Climbers and Explorers when the ‗new‘ church centre was built and the young ones left the 10.30 service and had their own groups. During the main service, before the children left, there was a ‗spot‘. This could be a song, sword drill (bible searching) or a brief talk with a visual aid especially aimed at them but which often challenged the adults as well. I took my turn on the rota for this and it was a challenge to find various ways of communicating some of the bible truths. Some may even remember me running down the aisle in my track suit holding my Olympic torch high as an illustration. Oh, that I could still do that! After a number of years, when Jeff Wattley‘s father moved away I was approached to take over the leadership of Climbers and Explorers. After much thought and prayer I agreed to take on the role and there followed many very busy but happy years working with a marvellous team of gifted and committed teachers and helpers. There were again many challenges not least of which to lead some of the singing. I am not a great singer and had never done anything like this before but with the help of Betty, who taught me some new choruses during the week, I was able to lead on the Sunday ably supported on the piano by Hugh Papworth. I look back with thankfulness to God as I see some of the children, now parents themselves, and still worshipping at St John‘s and hear of others serving the church in various capacities in other parts of the country and world.

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After a number of years it seemed right to take a rest from preparing lessons each Sunday and give more time with my family. However God had other ideas and within a short time I found myself elected as Church Warden. I served with three different Wardens in turn and it was a further time of challenge as I served the congregation at the three services held each Sunday. The main 10.30 service was very well attended and it needed considerable patience and skill to get all the parents seated in time for the sermon after the children had left for their groups as there was not enough room in the pews for all to sit before the children left. I served for seven years and then gave way to a new warden thinking that I would return to the pews. Again God seemed to have other ideas as for some time a number of people had suggested that I should train as a Reader. As I was still in full time work, travelling abroad occasionally and with family commitments this took much thought and prayer before allowing my name to go forward for consideration. One member of the selection panel who interviewed me thought that I was too old and it was not worth training me but as I have now nearly completed twenty years as a Reader they would probably agree that they have been proved wrong!

My years in that role God has opened doors to have been very full. I‘ve allow me to serve, and battled with sermon challenged me to tackle topics, and relished the things I would never have chance to allow my scientific training and my thought possible work experience to influence and illustrate the sermon themes. One of the great privileges has been taking funerals or helping relatives to arrange a suitable service for their loved ones. As I look back I find it hard to believe where I started, a fairly new parent helping at a group for children during a service, but it has always been surprising that when I stopped one job another came up and the strength and courage to do it was always given to me. I have found it a great privilege to work with several vicars and a greater number of curates all of whom have encouraged and supported me. Now as I finally stop ministering to others I look forward to being ministered to and from my varied experiences can pray more effectively for those who at the present time are in similar positions. I pray that many people may be challenged and be willing to give their time, energy and talents to serve this congregation and beyond. I cannot claim that I never wondered how I was going to cope but God has a marvellous way of carrying you through when you trust in him, to God be the glory.

Many congratulations to Philippa Stuart who married Keith in September, with a wonderful wedding blessing at St John‘s. Philippa and Keith were keen to celebrate their wedding by asking guests to buy them an alternative gift from the St John‘s Mission Unwrapped Catalogue. Philippa‘s advice would be that it‘s full of perfect gifts for any occasion, and a double blessing knowing that one of our Mission Partners is being supported too! Page 6


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n this issue of transform you will find a moving and inspiring

that Bryan led in the morning service! Thank you Bryan. St John‘s is a Church that thrives on encouraging

that there may be people in St John‘s who are ready to explore each of these avenues and if you think this might include you, I would invite

article by Bryan Wheeler looking back on over 40 years of ministry in various forms in St John‘s. This coincides with his retirement as a Reader

every member to be involved in the ministry and I hope Bryan‘s article will inspire more people to take the plunge to get involved for the first time or perhaps consider moving on from one sphere of ministry to another. If you sense God may be prompting you to get involved in some way (and

you to let me know so we can meet and see how we can move this forward. It may involve training and preparation, both within the parish and further afield, but may lead to years or perhaps decades of fulfilling ministry that will be a blessing to a huge number of people, as Bryan has

Rev Jeff Wattley (Church of England speak for a Lay Preacher). I want to express my thanks to Bryan for the tremendous support and encouragement that he has given to me personally in the time I have been Vicar, and on behalf of St John‘s for the enormous contribution he has made over the last 4 decades. To put that in context, I was once one of the children who benefited from learning Bible verses in the Sword Drill Children‘s Spot

maybe the prompt comes in the form of encour-

demonstrated so well.

agement from a leader or another member of the fellowship), then why not have a word with the leader of the ministry you feel drawn to, or speak

One last thing. I am delighted to let you know that our Curate Craig and his wife Becky will now be with us a little longer as they have delayed

to myself or one of the clergy team. It is always exciting when someone begins to explore the possibility of training for one of the ‗licensed ministries‘ of the Church of England which include Pastoral Assistants, Readers and

their move until after Easter 2010. This has the substantial benefit that they will be in Egham throughout March when their new baby is expected. Every blessing

various forms of Ordained Ministry.

Jeff

Bringing Sparkle to Christmas Naomi Page talks about how we can show Jesus’ love this Christmas…. One of my favourite times at Besom is November and December, when sparkling Christmas hampers go out to each person or family who has been visited throughout the year. It‘s about Besom helping to bridge the gap between a passionate church and a broken community. The preparations are already in motion – and currently there are over 100 names of recipients on the ever growing list. Making a hamper is something anyone can do – even if you don't have the time to spend in the Besom Hut. Take a box or basket – we often use fruit boxes from the supermarkets – and wrap it in Christmas paper. Fill it with food, non-alcoholic drinks, cards, crackers and decorations. We try to put a gift into each hamper for every member of the recipient family – if you'd like to include gifts, they really finish off the blessing. Making and delivering hampers is such a special, exciting job to do – it really does bring joy to people at Christmas-time. Some of the people Besom visits can barely afford food on a day to day basis, so making sure that they get to celebrate Christmas is such a blessing. The hampers really show love for people – it's not just about providing what they need, but going the extra mile for them. If you'd like to be involved with delivering the hampers, or would like to make a hamper, you can get in touch with the Besom team on 01784 470 387. Most importantly please pray for the people receiving the hampers. As Isaiah 41:20 says: "That they may 'SEE AND KNOW', may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this."

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Fegans is a Christian Charity founded in 1870 by James Fegan. He had been deeply moved by the plight of destitute boys living rough on the streets of London. He set about providing permanent shelter and schooling for these boys and quickly followed that in 1872 by building his first care home for children. Today, Fegans believes that children are best supported in their families and communities, so while they no longer run care homes they work very closely with children and their families and provide a range of support services for them: Parents Providing advice, information, support and inspiration to parents through parenting courses, family support work and running family support groups. Schools Supporting schools in meeting the emotional, social and spiritual needs of children. Providing a significant amount of Christian input to school assemblies and lunch-time clubs. Counselling Working professionally with children, young people and adults. Community Strengthening community in partnership with schools, churches and other community agencies by running events and activities for families with a particular emphasis on toddlers and pre-school children. Training Equipping others to meet the needs of children. Fegans aims to share their expertise and they offer training sessions for those who work with children in a professional or voluntary capacity. St John‘s gifts collected at Christmas Services will go to support the work of Fegans in Lambeth,

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Youth at St John’s

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t John‘s 11-18+ youthwork has a long tradition of providing a space and time to allow young people to discover and get to know Jesus. For many years CYFA & Pathfinders were the groups many of us attended and remember fondly. But things are a bit different now as you may or may not have noticed. Just over a year ago everything changed and there is now Outbreak for 11-14yrs and Core Groups for 14-18. Andy Audsley talks to transform just to give you a glimpse of what they are about, what they do, when they meet and who they are for? So that hopefully you might be encouraged and inspired to pray.

Outbreak

is on Sunday morning form 10.45 until 12.15 (Or when the 11am service finishes). It is a mixture of fun, worship, games, prayer, discussing and eating, engaging the young people to explorer and discover their own faith in Jesus. This term Outbreak has been following a series called Quest which looks at all areas of Christianity in an engaging DVD format Outbr eak similar to Alpha. The morning starts with breakfast, for many this may be second or even third breakfasts that would make Pippin Took (Hobbit) proud. While eating breakfast people Outbreak playing games chat, play pool or a race on Mario Kart until everyone has arrived. The sessions offer a chance to break down into small groups to unpack and respond to the points or challenges that have been raised. This encourages people to be honest about what they think and discuss their views rather than expressing the views of others. Third bre

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Unlike outbreak Core Groups meet weekly in leaders homes. The simplest way to describe a Core group is it is a Life Group for young people. The aim is to provide a safe, fun and relaxed space where we can journey together in faith. Being in a Core group is all about sharing experiences, praying, laughing, reading the bible and the obligatory consumption of cake, biscuits, ice cream, hot chocolate & Vimto but not all at once of course! There are currently two Core Groups that meet on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. For the first half of this term the two groups have been looking at material produced by Soul action, which follows on from the teaching at Soul Survi- Christmas photo to send to Core Groups sponsored child vor, about getting spiritually and actively involved in God‘s Mission. These studies have really helped us to connect with God‘s heart for his world, inspiring us to raise money and awareness by participating in Slum Survivor. This is an activity where some of the young people, amazingly without mobile phones, slept outside the church centre to raise awareness and money for those who live in makeshift homes everyday. Light painting on Core Group Night hike The young people in Outbreak & Core Groups are a great bunch of enthusiastic, talented and inspiring young people who teach the leaders as much about their own faith as they learn themselves. Please pray for Outbreak and Core Groups that they would be able to cope with the pressures of modern life and that they would know the joy and hope that comes only from knowing Jesus.

For more information on Outbreak or Core Groups please contact Tim Sudworth tim@stjohnsegham.com

Ataxia fundraising dinner raises £2013 What an amazing evening of food, live music, raffle and auction all in aid of Ataxia UK. With great support from the youth and members of St John‘s, Stodes‘ Students and local businesses all making this a evening to remember in support of a great charity.

www.ataxia.org.uk

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People with ataxia have problems of co-ordination because parts of the nervous system that normally control co-ordination and balance are affected. Ataxia UK are the UK‘s leading charity for people with ataxia, their families and carers. They support people affected by ataxia and fund research into causes and potential treatments. Page Page 88 Page 8


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