The e-merge youth project, which operates in conjunction with Christchurch, Windhill, produces a monthly report for the church. The following are extracts from the report for October:-
This month has been very productive with the youth work and activities in Windhill. We started this month with preparing for the Family Church event, which was a hit on many levels. This event saw 35 people attend: 5 - 6 Young people from the estate, as well as new and local support from the street reps that have committed to help in the future. This event was a success and a good foundation stone for building on in the future.
Youth work on Wednesday evenings is going great. We have a regular attendance of 18 young people, sometimes on weeks hitting 24 young people. The next development for this is in the programme of what we do. We have started doing workshops alongside the Table tennis and Fifa competitions. The first workshop we are looking at is music and we are going to bring down a drum kit, as well as a guitar and teach the young people how to create music and the principles behind it.
The highlight for me this month was not just the Family Church event but a Wednesday evening (23rd Oct) when the neighbourhood forum was held at the community centre.
On this evening I was a bit daring and took 3 - 4 young people to the Forum, which stirred a bit of interest and also presented a list that the young people had put together of things they would like to see in Windhill. From this, the young people seemed interested in being involved in this in the future and also from the other side the Council have been very supportive towards us and the group.
They were very welcoming at the forum but also they came down to the church and involved themselves in activities and bought pizza. So thanks go to Nigel Cawthorne and Rod (Council Warden) for their support. They have also offered resources, such as more table tennis tables and other things.
Again I want to thank you for your prayers and support in this Missional Work and we continue to thank God for his provision in this area.
Emerge Youth Worker