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Emerge - a Good News story from Windhill

A very good start to the year; the numbers are growing on a Wednesday evening. We have just introduced a music project which is being delivered by One in a Million. This involves the young people creating and designing their own song on a laptop, using specific technical sounds. It has really taken off. This month we held a fire-lighting activity outdoors using a fire-pit and toasting marshmallows and cooking some sausages. I am grateful for the commitment and passion of the other workers supporting Wednesday evenings, as this is only possible because we have 7 staff each week.

This month we started a Fresh Expression of Church in St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, called Extreme Explorers. Already we have 30 young people on the register. The idea behind the name is: exploring in the Bible, how they can be extreme disciples of Jesus in the world of school, home and social life. Each week we relate Bible stories to their daily life, we sing modern children-related worship songs, play games and take part in challenges.

Mud Slinging Event:

150 people attended this event. I was asked to support in Youth Work initiatives – e.g. Fire-lighting, Youth management and First Aid Skills, Live Target Appreciation (Slung Mud At). This was a huge success even though we had extreme weather some times. This was a good example of organisations working together for the good of the community. I would like to thank those that supported from the church as I believe the church is core for community development.

I have just been awarded the community Hero award from the Council for the provision of children and youth in the Windhill Community, which is a blessing and recognition of the Lord’s work.

James Stannett, Emerge Youth Worker


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