Our Saturday Street Cinema evening was fun...the only nice day in a week of so-so weather. We showed a kids movie followed by another movie for teens & adults. Those who came numbered about 20 at each session and enjoyed hanging out together. Building neighbourhood community step-by-step!
Transform Croydon: This initiative will be officially launched in the next 2 weeks. We hope that these small events will be multiplied throughout the borough to bless the locals and show the power of churches working together. We're praying that a prayer night on the 14th will give a unified voice towards the community.
New team members have been working to raising support: The Harrington family, who are relocating to the UK in November, are spending a week here from 9th – 18th Oct. They'll be submitting their visas soon!
Jenny has been working hard on the Street Party manual so that it can bless the church & bring communities together. This is yet another way that Fusion is striving towards our goals of being a resource-rich movement that supports others. It's almost finished!
Fusion Whitley (Reading)
The Reading team started September with 10 days of annual leave but have hit the road running since coming back. Skye has started supporting one of the local youth workers with a weekly program at Reading Girls School, and has jumped back into her work at the Play Barn. Part of her role at Play Barn is to help in the development of a broader mission and strategy for the team.
Anika has been busy networking with the various community agencies in Whitley; we’ve had our first community supper of the term. Eleven of us met at the local carvery as we do at the end of each month, people were really pleased to reconnect again; afterwards there was a lovely flurry of facebook messages as people voiced their appreciation of our time together.
It’s also been great to see the local church leaders meet together for a night of prayer as a response to some of the conversations we have had following the launch of our research report. God has been reminding us that having just five loaves and two fishes with which to feed 5000 men and their families, is not a lost cause!
So we are thankful for our little team and continue to be expectant and encouraged to see how God chooses to use us. (Pictured above are the Reading team with new Trustee Steve Ward who popped in for a visit!)
Fusion Wheatley (Associate Centre)
September has seen the return of the weekly Xtreme after school club and Pulse youth group.
We held Celebration services for the Summer Holiday Club at two local churches. There had been a fantastic response to our holiday club in late August. 148 kids, 42 teens and 60 adult volunteers. Our 12th year. We’ve impacted over 710 kids during that time and together shaped our community beautifully. Our local churches have seen new visitors as a result and we have a long waiting list for our weekly after school club. Please pray for more resources/helpers so that we can welcome in more kids!
Many of the team are very active in establishing Wheatley Community Church, now a registered charity in its own right, which was set up mainly to build on the momentum of the local Fusion work over the last 12 years and provide an inclusive, welcoming and relevant worshipping community for those we meet through our local outreach work. It’s an exciting place to be at the moment – God has been so gracious! Again, we're praying for more resources/helpers so that we can welcome in more youth, kids and their families (and everyone else too!). We would love you to pray as we invite some of our contacts to the Alpha course we’re running in the autumn.
In a couple of weeks the local Fusion core team are meeting to think and pray about our plans and strategy for next year. Please pray for wisdom, discernment and a bold vision for building on the solid foundations God has created amongst us in recent years.
2nd Witham Boys Brigade (Associate Centre)
September saw the return to the usual programme of weekly formal meetings (Anchors, Juniors Company Section & Seniors). We’ve had a good number return to the sessions, which are the main focus of our work.
Inter-community Games: We were the lead partner in Witham’s biggest sporting event where residents of the town got to take part in a variety of sporting activities including Archery, Cycling, Futsol, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Rounders & Tennis. A good number of people came and we're very pleased with the really positive feedback from everyone who attended or was involved.
Drop in sports sessions have returned! We’re getting good numbers at one of the sessions, one is at a critically low point and we’ve lost a few familiar faces at another.
A big highlight for Keith, one of the team, has been a 'Mums and Sons' night at Company Section! "It was amazing to see the enthusiasm from the mums," says Keith.
We’re being asked to join in more and more community events and to become part of community groups. This is really encouraging and shows that people are beginning to see Witham BB as part of the community and as a dependable and reliable group.