News from our Teams in Whitley & Preston (June 2016)

From the Fusion Whitley Team…

This past month has been a big month for the Reading Team! We ended May/started the month heading out to Witham to do some training for the #TeamWitham guys. Our new Community Festival Trailer arrived around the middle of the month (the excitement between the team was palpable) and we’re looking forward to getting that up and running. We also were able to help to run some Centre Games at the Whitfest on the 18th June. Ashley spent a week helping the guys with Learn4Life with Bible Week at St. Andrew’s School in Pangbourne and most importantly we were able to partner up with JMA (John Madjeski Academy, a local secondary school here in Whitley) to train their Year 9 students in how to put on a festival for the Year 7 students and were able to facilitate the festival on the day in the school.

The highlight of the month for us has definitely been our work in JMA. The team has spent several months praying for opportunities to get involved in this particular school and God certainly opened those doors wide this month. It was such an encouraging time to be able to watch the students understand the concepts of what a festival is truly about and then to get to watch them actually put it on for the Year 7s. It was a great time!

We are still elbow deep in preparations for the Pilgrimage starting at the tail of this month and also preparing for Soul Survivor. Please pray that the next few weeks, while busy, will be incredibly fruitful in preparing, not only the materials and finalising the details for both events, but also preparing our hearts for what God will say to us during this time. Be in prayer for our Pilgrims as they head this way, for smooth flights and good weather. Also keep the team in your prayers as well, for a renewed strength to get through the coming months. It’s going to be very busy, but we are so excited for what God is doing here in Whitley!

From Ashley, Fusion Whitley's Intern

From the Fusion Preston Team…

The Preston - St. Matthew’s Mission team has been continually running their weekly drop in youth café this past month and also braved torrential weather to watch some of the girls dancing in Preston’s Caribbean Carnival a couple of weeks ago (who were amazing)!

Over the past few weeks we've seen the return of a number of old faces who, when previously with us, caused enough trouble to warrant the police being involved. This year, however, they've been respectful, engaged, cheeky but not rude and have taken on board that they had a clean slate when they walked through the door again. Massive encouragement to volunteers and also to other young people to see this positive enactment of love and forgiveness!

We are partnering with The Challenge providing NCS this summer and St Matthew’s will be hosting some teams of 15-17 year olds. They will be running a sports activity session in the park for the community and some art sessions. We're loving the theme of trying new things this term and have been embracing new ingredients as well as behaviours which may not be our immediate reaction, such as generosity. The young people are shining and constantly showing us the gold they're made of! 🙂

Please pray for our vicar, Peter, who is off his feet (literally!) having just had a hip op. We’re watching, waiting and praying to see when he’ll be fit for active duty again. Also pray for some of the new faces at the youth café and some growing relationships. Summer is always hard to keep them involved, so pray for more opportunities to spend time with these young people.

From Esther Gregory, Fusion Team member in Preston

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