Youth Round-up: Sept 09


Snowdonia (click photo for panoramic view)

Retreat – I had my annual retreat time at St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough during the first week of September. As usual it has given me a good, prayerful foundation to prepare for the coming year’s youth work.

Snowdonia – As part of my work with year 6 at St Francis school I accompanied them to Plas Gwynant in Wales. The young people did canoeing, mountain climbing, abseiling and orienteering to name just a few activities. An enjoyable week was had by all although illness took its toll on one or two of us! The hard work of getting to know everyone should bear fruit in the weekly transition work I’ll be doing in school this term.

FAITH and FAITHFUL – Our youth groups have now restarted after the summer break. A number of young people have moved ‘up’ to the older group and we’ve got some new members joining us from this years year 6 at St Francis. If you, or someone you know, have been itching to get along to either of these groups then do drop in. FAITH is for school years 6-9 (4.30-6pm Sundays) and FAITHFUL is for school years 10+ (7-8.30pm Sundays). You are warmly invited!

Welcome to Mark – Kings Norton Boys School have created a post to develop links with young people and with the community and have appointed Mark Isgrove to the position. As well as his daily duties in school Mark will also work out of Rowheath Pavilion, developing the Source after-school-drop-in on Tuesdays and building the youth programme on Sundays too. Please pray for him as he finds his feet in this new job, and for his family as they settle into the area.

Praying in the Spirit of St Francis – If you would like to know more about this initiative please look at the youth notice board at the back of church. By praying with us each day you can support our young people on their spiritual journeys as well as getting more deeply in touch with the spirit and faith of our patron saint. A closer look at the launch day (4th October) will be in next months round-up. Other news can be found on the parish blog: