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hello... Back when Youth With A Mission started in the 60’s, it was with the vision of taking young people into the nations and making a difference. This is still true today. At the heart of the gospel is the need for a demonstrable expression of the love of God to the world around us. There are many ways this can be done, and as you go through this edition of our newsletter you’ll read of a number of opportunities our community is responding to in the wider community around us.



All of our Discipleship Training Schools offer a practical, overseas placement as part of the course. One of the things we do at Holmsted Manor is to ensure that our missionary endeavours aren’t limited to an overseas placement, we also aim to see our Holmsted Manor community actively engaged in practical placements locally too.

During 2016 and into the start of this year, our Holmsted Manor YWAM community has worked with refugees and migrants in France, Greece and Germany. We have had the opportunity to build a house in South Africa for a family in need and closer to home, we have been involved in the Brighton and Hove Churches Night Shelter 2017, from the beginning of January until the middle of March. These are our more ‘corporate’ efforts, aside from this, there are some on our team who volunteer with local charities and other initiatives, working alongside people who for various reasons are in need of a helping hand and support. At Holmsted Manor we are committed to loving our neighbours, at home and abroad.




Newsletter Team: Daniel Jackson, Jess Goodall & Steve Bishop Photos: Madison Allen, Jess Goodall Holmsted Manor, Staplefield Road Cuckfield, West Sussex, RH17 5JF 01444 440229 @holmstedmanor HolmstedManor ywamholmstedmanor 3

SOMD Outreach The School of Ministry Development (SoMD) helps equip YWAM staff for life in Christian ministry and community living. After 12 weeks of lectures and input, this year’s five participants had the opportunity to put some of the theory into practice - in very different settings. Starting in Thanet, the group worked with a church running an annual event called ‘Open Christmas’ from Christmas Day for three days. During this time a Christmas meal is served to the homeless and vulnerable of the area. Anyone is invited who would otherwise be alone. The next stop was Brighton and Hove where they were based at St Patrick’s Church in Hove and helped prepare for Holmsted Manor’s First Thursday event for New Year. The theme was looking at the old year that had passed and the new year approaching. Kimberley Sullivan from the USA, one of the SoMD participants said: “I had some really good conversations with parents and their children…it was great watching parents ask 4

their children’s views on the past year and hearing what the children were hoping for. There was often so much more hope for the new year in the children than in the adults.” Afterwards, the SoMD travelled to Greece for their next two weeks. As the five members of the team prayed before departure, it became clear that God was speaking to them about working with the Greek people. The time in Greece was split between Thessaloniki, where they worked alongside a new YWAM team and Corinth, working with a prayer room ministry where they had the joy of seeing a young Corinthian man find faith in Jesus.

“LEARNING TO LISTEN TO GOD CAN BE HARD, BUT IT IS GOOD AND E S S E N T I A L I N O U T R E A C H E S .” The time in Greece was short and the team went without having lots of plans scheduled, Kimberley Sullivan said; “We were unsure of what to expect when we left… by waiting on God’s plan for each day we had a very different outreach than we expected, but we all felt that we hadn’t missed anything”.

Berlin Outreach Every DTS is split into two phases; lectures and outreach. During the last two months, the Autumn DTS has been on outreach in Berlin living and working with the YWAM team located there. Most of their time was divided between three types of ministry: prayer, working with rough sleepers in an overnight shelter, and supporting YWAM Berlin’s work with refugees. Prayer walking is often a part of DTS outreaches, but becomes rather difficult in below freezing weather. As a creative solution, the team decided to travel on the underground train network praying as they go. They were hoping to cover as much of the massive city of Berlin in prayer that they could in their short time.

“OUTREACH HAS BEEN SUCH A FULL EXPERIENCE: FULL OF CHALLENGES, FULL OF LAUGHTER AND FULL OF GOD’S TRUTH” - SETH, USA When the team arrived in Berlin the YWAM community was only working in one refugee home as one closed suddenly at the end of 2016. Over their time there they helped get into two more homes while the longest running one closed during their last week of outreach. While in the homes they played with kids, drawing and playdough, with the teenagers and some of the adults they played ping pong, table football, and cards. Still with other adults they simply drank tea and had conversations. Several of the refugees have developed deeper friendships with the long term YWAM staff. Over the course of the outreach the team saw one individual completely change the direction his life was heading and even begin attending some of the YWAM Berlin open meetings. The trainees exceeded all expectations and YWAM Holmsted has received an open invitation from Berlin to send more teams as it was such a mutually positive experience.

There is a fantastic mission in Berlin to get rough sleepers off the streets in the coldest three months of the year called Stadt Mission. Two evenings a week the team supported this ministry with some practical assistance (meal preparation, serving, gathering bread deliveries) and relational support for the evening guests. Despite their limited German language skills, the French team member found a fellow Frenchman and the rest of team spoke with English speakers. Nearly every week the team had significant interactions with guests that included praying for them, sharing testimonies, and listening. 5

Christmas Events review In keeping with YWAM Holmsted Manor festive traditions, the first weekend in December was bursting full of Christmas celebrations! With three separate events over the weekend, there was no shortage of food and fun at the base; beginning with Mulled Wine and Mince Pies on Friday, the Live Nativity on Saturday and Carols at the Manor on Sunday. The house was beautifully decorated with lights, candles and traditional Victorian-era red and gold and the driveway was lined with candles - all culminating in a Christmas wonderland for the guests to enjoy throughout the weekend! Friday evening kicked off the festivities with a night set apart to thank the members of the local community who serve faithfully throughout the year. From the postman to the local vicar, all were invited to dress to impress at Holmsted’s most formal event of the year, where they were served delicious mulled wine and mince pies by the current DTS trainees who waited on the guests for the evening. Saturday afternoon saw well over 100 people wrap up warm to come and enjoy the Live Nativity, performed and written 6

by members of the YWAM community – even down to having real-life babies playing the newborn Jesus. This year the team decided to take their live performance up a notch, including a dancing Gabriel played by one of the base leaders and a French King Herod who brought some comic villainy into the interactive show. The performance was excellent and was the best attended Live Nativity yet. During the event, base staff Daniel and Tamara Jackson organised a wonderful café serving hot drinks and a vast array of international sweet treats which were very popular with the visitors! The third and final event of the weekend, Carols at the Manor, offered a more traditional carol service that was flavoured with the breadth of cultures represented at YWAM Holmsted Manor. The evening was led by Steve Bishop, who added his usual touch of humour to the evening’s proceedings. To lead the musical segments of the evening, the base welcomed the all-female local community choir, the Singing Allsorts, to accompany some of the base’s musicians in rousing versions of everyone’s favourite Christmas carols. With Holmsted Manor at its most beautiful and the whole YWAM team involved, the Christmas events were a huge success. Holmsted Manor became a hub of the local community, welcoming in guests of all ages and offering a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

Beach huts and Fringe Ahead Advent calendars are a well-loved tradition in Britain. For the last 9 years, the iconic Brighton and Hove beach huts have been converted into life size advent calendars. In an effort to remind the community of the true heart of advent being so much more than chocolate, a different hut is converted into an art installation each evening over the course of advent. The 2016 theme was Christmas Angels and the good news they bring. Holmsted Manor’s arts ministry (MAKE.) were given Sunday 11 December. They built a larger than life size angel sculpture complete with cloth, goose feathers, and tulle. Participants were invited to write the names of people who needed good news in the coming year and stories of good news on chalk boards. All visitors were given a feather with a tag that read, “Blessings of joy and good news in this season.”

The team were surprised at how affected people were by the concept of good news. Many of the 60-80 visitors had conversations with the Holmsted staff present about the importance of good news in a season such as this. This was also the first fully collaborative art work done by the MAKE. team. Looking forward, MAKE. is putting on an exhibition for the Brighton Fringe and Artist’s Open House (AOH) in May. With nine artists including three guests, it is a great step forward for the team from last year’s participation. The exhibition will run from 5-28 May at St. Patrick’s Church, Cambridge Road, Hove. The theme for 2017’s exhibition is “Faces of Brighton and Hove: 1 in 273,400”


Easter Friday 14 April 2017 1 - 4pm, Holmsted Manor Join us for an afternoon of fun including Easter egg hunt, cafĂŠ, face painting, nature trail walk & more brilliant family activities! We are going to carry on whatever the weather, so come with your wellies and coat ( just in case!) Suggested donation ÂŁ1 per child


CHAMPION YOUNG PEOPLE YWAM is called to champion youth. We believe God has gifted and called young people to spearhead vision and ministry. We are committed to value them, trust them, train them, support them, make space for them and release them. They are not only the Church of the future; they are the Church of today. We commit to follow where they lead, in the will of God.

A modular course designed for those with a busy life. To help you in your personal growth and put it into practice.

Winter Module: Spiritual Warfare MODULES


effect 2017 9 JAN, 23 JAN, 6 FEB, 27 FEB, 13 MARCH, 27 MARCH

Spring/Summer Module: Intercession/prayer 8 MAY, 22 MAY, 5 JUNE, 19 JUNE, 3 JULY, 17 JULY

Autumn Module: Worship

11 SEPT, 25 SEPT, 9 OCT, 16 OCT, 6 NOV, 20 NOV

See website for more info

Holmsted staff then and now

Barry and Kay Austin were at Holmsted Manor from 1976-1983. During that time, they ran the first DTS in Europe and developed the Basic Leadership School (BLS). From 1977 Barry was the base leader. During his time at Holmsted, Barry felt God directing his attention to staff development and mentorship. He felt that as a mission YWAM would be far more effective in accomplishing the great commission if the staff were constantly growing in their character and walk with God. It was at Holmsted that Barry really began to understand the importance of small groups. The BLS developed at Holmsted has led to what is now the Leadership Development Course (LDC). The LDC focuses on giving leaders keys to developing their leadership skills. Barry leads LDC around the world and is responsible for them in the Asia/Pacific region. To younger YWAM staff, Barry urges that they remember to keep the first commandment the first priority in their lives. Loving, worshipping, listening and obeying God in all they do. He then encourages them to earnestly seek to develop the relational skills to obey the second commandment; loving people. The final bit of advice is to continue developing the gifts and abilities that best enable them to fulfil their part in the great commission. Barry and Kay live at the King’s Lodge in Nuneaton.


Brighton night shelter outreach From November to March the churches in Brighton and Hove across the city, open their doors to the homeless and vulnerable every night of the week, providing the 15 referred guests with a delicious hot meal, a warm bed and a space for conversation and friendship. From January, YWAM Holmsted Manor was invited to use a city-centre church location to co-ordinate the ministry on Wednesday nights. The dedicated volunteer team consisted of staff and trainees from Holmsted Manor alongside a number of others who attend local churches, bringing together the rural West Sussex community and the urban community in Brighton. From 8pm til 8am, the team were available to serve the guests in any way they could; be it cooking the meal; playing pool with them; listening to their stories or offering prayer. For YWAM Holmsted Manor, it was an exciting new opportunity to expand our expression of mercy further outwards, while obeying the call of Jesus to love and serve the most vulnerable in society.


Sign up for a DTS at Holmsted manor 23 September 2017 – 3 March 2018 20 January 2018 – 22 June 2018 See website for more info

Make the most of your early holiday by joining Mission Adventures! 6-23 July 2017 Ages 16+

GO SOMEWHERE DO SOMETHING MAKE A DIFFERENCE We are looking for two groups of men to undertake building a whole house from foundations to roof.

Spend two weeks of your summer deepening your relationship with God as you join an outreach team and work alongside experienced missionaries in a cross-cultural setting.


Location options are focused mainly in Eastern Europe, and include a variety of ministries that give you the opportunity to share the gospel, serve in practical ways, and help you explore what it means to be a missionary both overseas and at home.

Over a few days in 2017 you could help build a house in a South African township for a family in desperate need of one. This short trip will give you the opportunity to see your work impact the lives of those you meet.

This isn’t just a summer camp, this is missionary training!

For more information and costs, please contact Steve Bishop 01444 440229 |

Week 1: 12-20 May 2017 Week 2: 20-28 May 2017

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