From the Fusion Whitley Team…
What a busy summer it’s been! The Reading team has been all over the countryside the past month and a bit, but we are so excited to be back in Whitley and look forward to the start of a new term.
July ended with the start of this year’s Annual British Pilgrimage of Hope. We had 7 University students from PBA (Palm Beach Atlantic) and one Australian along with a few locals participating this year. Our base for Part 1, including the Short School of Missions & placement, was at St. Paul’s Church in Whitley Wood. During the pilgrimage placement, we spent the mornings doing prayer walking/door knocking through the neighbourhood and partnered with the local churches to run a 3 day Kid’s Club at the Whitley Wood Community Centre culminating in the St. Paul’s Fun Day on the 31st July. Over the 3 days of the Kid’s Club, we had about 32 children come, which was a good turnout for this community & we had 2 people come to faith during our prayer walking/door knocking! At the end of Part 1, we headed up to Scotland to begin Part 2 and explore the Celtic journey through the UK. Our time in Scotland was a great time of personal reflection and we enjoyed great weather on Iona up until the last day when we were forced to leave a bit earlier than planned due to gale force winds coming in! However, God was faithful to provide and because of new connections formed during our stay at the YWAM base in Paisley, we were able to spend the night after evacuating Iona with the YWAM Oban team. Once again we were able to meet up with Roy Searle on Holy Island while he showed us around and also gave more insight into the history of the Celts. All in all, Pilgrimage this year, while a smaller group, was a great time.
After Pilgrimage, with a few days for rest, the Reading team headed out to Soul Survivor for Weeks B & C. This was the first debut outing for our Community Festival Trailer as we used it for the booth in the Toolshed over the two weeks. It proved to be a big hit with all who we encountered and also was a great way to engage people as they walked through. The beginning of Week C, Skye and Ashley left to go help out with the Kid’s Club in Wheatley, leaving Claire and Anika to man the Soul Survivor booth.
While this summer was a busy one and there’s so many things to be thankful for, we are especially excited about the outcome of the pilgrimage placement here in Whitley Wood. As the local churches have begun the process of taking over the running of the Community Centre, the Kid’s Club was able to be used as a sort of “kick-off” for the churches and the vision that they have for the transformation of Whitley Wood. The Kid’s Club was a great success and we’re so excited to see what is going to develop from this!
We’re beginning to get back into the swing of things after a busy summer and are looking forward to the coming months. We’ve got several things already on the calendar that we’re in preparation for, such as the second instalment of our Youth Leaders Conference in October and several trainings we’ll be holding throughout the South.
If you're local to Reading and enjoyed hearing from Schools Worker Beth in our latest newsletter our friends at Learn4Life invite you to join with them in prayer on Monday 26 September at 7:30 in The Warehouse, Cumberland Road.
Don't forget for Reading locals that the Fusion team meet daily on Tuesdays-Fridays each week for prayer. Please get in touch if you'd like to join with us!
Pray that as we begin the start of a new term that we continue to focus on the needs of this community and also what God is asking of us. Pray also that the planning of future events would run smoothly and be what is needed. Both Skye and Anika are in the process of waiting for their visas to be renewed; pray for favour with both of them.
Wheatley Holiday Club goes exploring the North Pole!
On one of the hottest weeks of the year, the Fusion Wheatley team – assisted by a small army of volunteers and an amazing youth team – donned their snow suits and, along with 160 primary aged children, became Polar Explorers for 4 days! This was the 13th annual holiday club run by the local team and it was as wild and fun as ever!
Together we reflected on Bible stories which taught us that we can never make too many mistakes, never be too ordinary, never too bad or never too young for God to love us and use us in helping to build his kingdom. Full report to follow next month.