News from Whitley
It has been an exciting month here in Whitley! We have been running a myriad of courses for all manners of people, and it has been fun and challenging!
The Re:Start program has now started, our work dealing with kids in danger of exclusion in the John Madeski Academy. We’ve met up with the guys from Reading Borough Council at Prospect Park, and have had an orientation day getting to grips with what we’ll be doing every Thursday for the next 15 weeks! Looks to be an exciting program filled with learning and practical training. Our first session included taking the kids on an unplanned miniature steam train ride! It was a beautiful moment of joy. We’ve also got a full team of caterers to make meals for the students and staff each week, so praise God for his abundant provision!
We are now almost at the end of our dealing with depression course, which has been progressing well through deep and difficult issues. We’ve had several speakers come in to discuss techniques and ideas, and there has been much productive discussion.
We are also halfway through Foundations for Life and Mission! A really great group of people has come together for another weekend, and we’ve been relearning so much important stuff about the wonderful love and forgiveness of our God in the face of our wrongdoing. We’ve also learnt how to better listen to one another! There are a couple more weekends and a festival still to journey through, so the adventure isn’t over yet!
Unfortunately it looks like our planned Families Course won’t be running currently due to lack of uptake, but prayer would be appreciated about how best to put it forward again in the future. Do be telling those you know to look into it if interested!
We’re currently incredibly busy with a company called Daughter, looking into how we can revitalise our branding, so prayer would be appreciated for a new name and design that encapsulates who we are and best equips us to go out and help our community! It will hopefully be a fruitful rebirth for Fusion!
It’s been a fantastic month. But more is yet to come! Do check our website and Facebook page for details of community dinners, and programmes that you can come to!
Love in Christ,
News from Witham
Jason Pheifer is our Fusion Y&C UK team member at Witham Boys Brigade. He recently returned from a 3 week trip home to Wisconsin, USA. When he got back he shared the following news with us.
We've had a few bits of really good news the last few months...
One of our young men in BB Company Section really stepped up while I was away. He has shown very good leadership skills as well as very good moral character. While I was gone he offered to lead a devotional for the younger boys...which I understood went very well! He has offered to be put in the regular rotation of devotion leaders. At such a young age he is a great example of Christian (young) Manliness and needless to say we are very proud of him. I know that we adults try to set a good example and engage our young people, hopefully inspiring them to lead good Christian lives...but how awesome to have one of their peers as a role model. I really look forward to seeing him grow up in BB as well as his church.
Also, while I was gone (perhaps I should go more often) the BB held a fundraiser for a local Hospice - £420 pounds in one night! Two other fundraisers have been run in the last 4 weeks to support the BBs work in schools – both were very successful and will help to sustain our schools work for several months.
The boys and leaders also have been working on the Warrior Low Ropes Course for the camp grounds (picture above!)... and it is 2/3 built 1/3 installed (or so)...
There are times when one wonders how effective the work here is, but often it's important to focus on the growth that is happening low to the ground. Those small shoots of life just poking up through the dirt...one often doesn't know just how close to the surface the growth is until it pops through! Just in the last 6 months we have one of our lads and another lad’s mum get baptised, which is so encouraging!
I'm pleased and grateful that some of the hard work in the past year and half is starting to bear some fruit - the individuals, families and volunteers are really doing some pretty amazing things.
News from Wheatley
Mission in 2018 in Wheatley is well underway. Meetings are going on getting ready for St Georges Day Funday on the 28th April and 'Church in the Park' on the 29th April. Summer club planning has started, this year welcoming around 150 kids and 50 youth from Aug 21st to 24th.
Last week we tried something new. We took 6 of our after-school club youth volunteers to the local old-people's home to help beautify the garden ready for Spring. In one hour we raked up leaves and planted new flower boxes and flower beds so that when the elderly folk look out their lounge room window they'll have something to brighten their day. We're really blessed by then loving service our youth give.