Here in Croydon we are gearing up for the Summer with Street Parties around the Queen’s 90th birthday. Jenny has produced her manual on how to run these events and it is being distributed across the country. You can see it at http://fusionyac.org/resourcing-you/street-parties/
We are also working with the local Churches on Transform Croydon; helping build events of unity across the borough.
Recently, our Foundations Course run every Tuesday night for twelve weeks is being well received. People are appreciating the material, wrestling with the resources and looking forward to the Festival planned in Purley on Easter Saturday.
Marty is currently in Brazil preparing training people in preparation for Festivals for the Olympics. The picture above shows him being greeted on arrival by friends Karo and Abel. The response, reports Marty, is overwhelmingly positive. "The largest Christian sport organisation in the world has chosen Festivals as their main outreach tool during the Olympics. We are inviting people from around the world to come and be part of Festivals in Rio from the end of July. More details next month!"
Last week marked one year since the Fusion Reading team launched the findings of their research into the needs of the Youth and Community here in Whitley, South Reading. Reflecting on how things have developed since then has been very encouraging, you can find out more on the post I wrote last week.
Meanwhile we are excited to have a new intern with us from Greater Europe Mission – Ashely Yates. Although having visited the UK in the past this is Ashley’s first time living in England and we are glad she chose to spend the next 11 months with us! She's pictured above on retreat with GEM in Wales! She brings great administrative skill and a love for children, both of which will be a huge blessing to the community and our mission in the area.
For our team the month of January was spent commencing a 12 week Foundations for Life and Mission course and preparing for the national Team Retreat which we also facilitated. The four days we spent together were refreshing; we left feeling renewed in our connections with one another and ready to take on the year ahead with God.
The Foundations course has been going well with 12 participants enjoying the challenge of the journey; all are either connected to the Whitley churches or work in the area. And last but not least, Skye started off the year with a couple of weeks off to hang out with family visiting from Australia – and to up her tour guide skills!
Talk ‘n’ Tucker continues in Leyland, with a Youth Café continuing in Preston. Recently, Rebecca visited as a guest to our Youth Café in Preston. Rebecca runs a business as a nutritionist and came to give the young people some input into healthy eating. She ran the cooking sessions with the kids followed by a talk covering the amazing story of how she overcame serious illness that left her wheelchair bound by changing her diet. The young people were very attentive and asked her lots of helpful questions. Rebecca also shared what her faith meant to her and how she felt God had helped her get from a place of serious illness to running her own business.The kids all took her leaflets and were very keen for her to come and visit their schools. You can find out more about Rebecca's business/ministry at www.hellohealing.co.uk
Andy, who leads the work in Lancashire, is aiming to go on sabbatical either at the beginning of March or beginning of April. Two of the key volunteers are battling with illness and so timing is tricky at this stage.
A new volunteer called Ruth will be starting at the Youth Café from next week. She will have a caretaker role in opening up the building and supervising set up. If you’d like to find out more about volunteering in Lancashire, please do get in touch!