The team at Croydon have been going for nearly 5 years. Their emphasis has been networking in the community and with the local Churches. Croydon is the largest borough in London with over 400,000 people. The churches in Croydon have a remarkable level of unity. Fusion YAC is involved in helping Churches come together on the ground to assist this unity happen at a “grass roots” level. From helping with Street Parties to organising Carols at Crystal Palace Football Stadium to Community Festivals this is where you will find us most actively at work.
Currently we are at the heart of a project called “Transform Croydon planned for 2016.” It is here where many of the Churches come together in a rhythm of mission at Christmas for Carols, Easter for a Resurrection March, outreach ideas over Pentecost, the Queen’s 90th Birthday Street Parties, an Autumn challenge helping beautify Croydon and then Christmas outreach in 2016.
We are helping organise a training day and supporting the 13 areas of Croydon as they gather in their areas to see what they will do both as churches individually and together.
Please pray for this incredible expression of unity. We will keep you updated on how it is going.
Xtreme after school kids club and Pulse Youth Club (run in partnership with Wheatley URC) continue to happen every week and have been hugely encouraging. Excitement is mounting as the team works towards this year's Summer Holiday Club for primary aged children, 'Cops n Robbers'. Over 150 children (full capacity for our current venue) were registered for the Club within the first hour of our on line system going live! This will be our 12th year and the Club has become a major community event, drawing in a team of around 80 volunteers and a fantastic 30 plus strong Youth Team, many of whom are growing into leadership roles and who will also have their own parallel activities each evening. Please pray for all involved, especially the children who come and the core team who still have much to pull together before the big opening on 24th August.
An Update on WCC (pictured above): Many of the Wheatley team are heavily involved in the birthing of a new local fellowship, Wheatley Community Church, which has emerged out of the local mission work facilitated by the Fusion team over the last 12 years and from the prayers of many Christians in the village. WCC currently meets every other week but will switch to weekly immediately after Holiday Club!
Fusion Whitley (Reading)
This month has been quite the busy one for the Fusion Reading team. The Community Mission Training Day took place on the Fourth of July at the Woodley Hill House (pictured below). Twenty-seven were in attendance with ten workers as people attended workshops to equip themselves to engage their communities further. We were lucky enough to have Marty and Jen Woods from Fusion Croydon come and lead multiple sessions to include Open Crowd Festivals, Street Parties and Messy Church. The South Reading Fun Day took place with about five to six thousand people in attendance. Fusion Reading participated in various events of the day (including leading the center games team, pictured above). This was a great time and the atmosphere was relaxed with a strong community feel. We are also happy to say that the Annual British Pilgrimage is just around the corner as we spend these last few days preparing for the School of Mission in London and trip to Scotland. We have a team from The United States, South Africa and a Whitley local attending. We are excited to see what God does during this special time. Also, our intern, Renee has worked on a People of Whitley of Facebook page over these past months, showcasing the individuals of the community. She has interviewed multiple locals to broadcast aspects of their lives. Finally, we are so delighted as we have had two new volunteers spend a few hours each week helping out the office! Farzaneh and Salma have dedicated a few hours a week to helping Fusion as we continually play out the role God has called us to in Whitley. Report by Renee Harvey