LAMBETH CIRCUIT - CHILDREN & YOUTH
3 GENERATE 2021
Methodist Children & Youth Assembly @ the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Friday - 29 October to Sunday - 31 October
750 Children attended this Assembly from 21 Methodist Districts, together with 250 leaders as part of 65 children and young peoples’ groups.+
Photos/Images used with permission from the Event Manager: Chris Parker
Our Circuit was represented in this event by six of our Children & Youth group (Joy, Ilanah, Ivy, Elshadai, Godfled & Judith) with five of our Children & Youth leaders/parents/volunteers (Janet, Morlyn, Cheryl, Peter & Leticia). It was apparently a wonderful and joyous experience for them camping-up in tents at the NEC. As we know these kind of fellowship/assemblies helps deepen and nurture their faith and at times can be a turning point in the lives of our young people.
We are appreciative of what our leaders and volunteers’ dedication and support, to help our young members explore their faith in a safe and secure environment/group. May we continue to encourage and lift them all in our prayers.
CHILDREN & YOUTH GROUP: Circuit Service
An autumn circuit youth service took place at Railton Road Methodist church on Sunday 3rd October. It began with preparation activities - a dramatic presentation on Climate Change, making artistic creations from recycled objects, poems, prayers and making origami boats (with prayers) and pictures for Christian Aid.
All were enjoyed and more so when the adults turned up at the service (they also made the boats!) and all the activities were shared.
A song which many readers may remember from the past - Doo Wah Diddy - was adapted by Revd Kristin to the theme and caused great hilarity.
Food was provided by the very generous members of the church, and all went home, happy, full and with a greater knowledge of Climate change and a determination to do something about it.
Submitted by: Ursula Ovenden
Space for Young People to enjoy a variety of activities, develop their Faith and just relax together.
The last few months have been far from normal in many ways due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, God has been faithful to the youth department and has allowed the 60/40 Youth Project to remain functional and engaging young people.
Pre- covid-19, we held a vision sharing event in February which saw roughly 35-40 people in attendance. Some were very familiar with the youth program, and some had come along to hear a bit more about what we are trying to do in Brixton/Clapham and across the Lambeth Circuit. It was encouraging to share the vision of a vibrant youth program engaging as many young people in the area as possible with people. It was also a chance for the different partners that lead on the 60/40 Project - Lambeth Methodist Circuit; Ascension Trust; London City Mission and Young Life International - to share more about their organisations and why they are happy to be involved in this program.
Using the vision evening, a new name was created for the 60/40 Youth Program which would be easier for onlookers to identify the program as a youth-focused program. The name is: Brixton & Clapham Youth Zone (B.A.C Youth Zone). 60/40 as a name will still be used by the partners, with B.A.C. Youth Zone used for those actively engaging in the program. The reason for the 60/40 name is to remind the partners that we wish to engage non-churched young people (60%) as well as those currently attending church through the Lambeth Circuit (40%).
With covid-19 halting our face-to-face meetings on Wednesday and every other Friday, we had to adapt; so we began to use the video conference call service "Zoom" to have weekly youth meetings! With the amazing youth team consisting of Morlyn, Janet, Kwadwo and myself, we spent many a Wednesday evening playing games, having lively debates and discussions, and checking in to see how the youth were coping through this strange time. We were able to encourage them with scriptures and prayer. A massive thank you to the team for helping me to run these while I had been furloughed!
Finally, summer 2020 had swiftly come upon us and I had been brought back to work for 2 days a week. I decided to use those two days to meet up with the young people face to face where possible, with the government relaxing lockdown measures. We were able to meet at local parks to hang out, play tennis, go BMX cycling, and even managed a scavenger hunt on the last Friday of August (thanks for organising, Morlyn!). We also engaged in online youth content thanks to Young Life International and London City Mission. The Pret cafe in Brixton kindly donated sandwiches to the summer project. It was also an opportunity for me to meet up with some young people for one-to-one meetings to catch up and further disciple them. I believe that we have made the most out of a difficult situation - glory to God!
As we look towards September and beyond, please pray for us as we plan the next steps for the youth program. I am looking forward to working with the Clapham churches too.
For more information call, text or email:
Janet Oppong on 07941 677414
WELCOME TO THE 60/40 PROJECT
The 60:40 PROJECT has been steadily growing since I became the Youth Outreach Worker on the programme in November 2018. 60% of the project is focused on community outreach, particularly in the area surrounding Kings Acre Methodist Church. 40% of the project is spent working with the Lambeth Methodist Circuit youth. I currently support the Brixton Hill Sunday school and lead on Youth United Worship, a youth meet-up held fortnightly on a Friday evening from 7pm-9pm at Brixton Hill. The young people enjoy playing games such as badminton and table tennis as well as practicing playing instruments. The evenings are rounded off by a bible study. Over the last four months, we have been looking at God’s plan for humanity through four main themes: creation; the fall of man; redemption; re-creation. This has prompted some great questions and helped the young people to see what God says about these big issues through His word.
The young people that regularly attend YUW were gifted with youth bibles at Christmas, as encouragement to them to seek God for themselves through His word.
The 60:40 project has also run some holiday clubs during the February half term and Easter holiday. Both holiday clubs have been 1 day of fun and leisure held at Brixton Hill and Kings Acre sites. The next holiday club will be in the May half term, from Tuesday 28th-Thursday 30th May, from 11am-3pm each day, at Kings Acre, 59 Lyham Road, SW2 5DH. I will need help to run this, so if you are available for all, some or one of these days to help, then please do get in touch!
The 60:40 project is currently planning on running a lunchtime club throughout the summer holidays on weeks commencing Monday 29th July, Monday 5th August and Monday 26th August. We understand that the school holidays mean that many parents in Lambeth will struggle to provide a healthy meal for their children. We hope to alleviate some of this pressure by offering a free lunch to all young people in the area around Kings Acre. I will confirm dates very soon!
For all the ways that we are trying to help our young people in Lambeth develop, thrive and discover themselves in God, I sincerely ask for your continued prayers for the 60:40 project. Please pray for the young people that come into contact with the project, and please pray for more people to come forward to offer their support, skills and talents on the program.