The Inside Column 13/11

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This week we have a report from Jonathan Wasley Community/Church Youth Worker …

September for me involved having some substantial corrective shoulder surgery. Unfortunately a month out from the operation there has been some unexpected complications which mean ongoing pain and slower recovery than expected.

House 44 Youth
Last term due to the left shoulder operation I missed the end of term boy’s night at house 44. Coming into the final term we are hoping to get out and about a bit more, with bbq’s and trips to the river planned. Some funding was secured to give the youth involved with the house the opportunity to have each their individual swimming skill-level assessed and the offer of doing some water safety modules before the some trips out on the harbor in a row dingy purchased by the house. Should be a great opportunity to learn skills, safety and perhaps even acquire some kai moana.

Community Youth
Following the event of a youth shooting a member of public with a BB gun, the project was shut down for a couple of weeks prior to the last holiday’s. During this time I was having and recovering from surgery. The project coordinators meet together to look in more detail at how they wanted the programme to be run. Presbyterian Support have withdrawn from it currently, however are still involved in running their own activities using the church facilities.

As there seemed to be a difference of understanding regarding the exact details and methods of how the programme would be run, operating procedures have been drafted up and are almost finished; to be taken before the next Stoke Youth Meeting.

Other considerations are the future goals and aims of the project and funding. Including my involvement, (currently reliant upon diocese funding) the funding renewal/reapplication process should hopefully look closely at the potential for how the role might expand next year as the project grows.

Church Youth
We had an end of term sports/activities evening which involved a collection of activities including but not limited to; sucking ice cream through a straw, a game of giant ‘pong’ (involving ping-pong balls and a large bucket), alongside singing and some other games. In the end the one who cleaned the dishes took out top spot – I won’t reveal their true identity, but can only say they went by the pseudonym ‘the Mikiri ranger’.

Spring Camp
Labour weekend, 21-14 October though only a couple of youth ended up coming along a great time was had by all! There were some great challenges and workshops on various topics from the Holy Spirit, prayer and worship to apologetics. Alongside the teaching we even got to see the All black scrape in a win against the frog’s… only just mind you J! The camp is a great platform for ministering to youth who don’t know God and those who do alike.

St Barnabas are working with House44 to provide a safe and supportive environment for all Stoke Youth. After – School programmes run on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Average attendance is between 12—25 youth.

Be sure to check out Stoke Youth on Facebook.

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