Youth Round-up: May 08

Welcome to the Outreach Youth Worker’s latest roundup looking back over the months of April and May. After a busy Easter I was glad of a break, and it was certainly needed, as this term has had its fair share of challenges and surprises – but it’s all been good fun!

The Vicar’s Office – On Monday 6th April at 10am we convened to rearrange the vicar’s office. From the outset Peter has been very kind by allowing me to use his office and the church laptop to do my admin – I’ve also been sharing those facilities with Amanda – but it became clear that more space was needed. After a monumental effort over a full week we managed to make room for a new desk and filing cabinet while retaining the space needed for staff meetings as well as the storing of vestments, books, archive boxes and the like (but especially the coffee maker!). I am grateful to Peter, Amanda, Carol and many others who have worked hard to better enable what we do with young people here at St Francis.Continuing to Make Contacts – I recently met up with the BVT Youth and Community worker who is doing good work across the area in some very challenging situations. I’ve also contacted a very experienced community regeneration worker at our namesake’s in South Woodgate. Both are important people for me to know and they will enrich my reflection and make our ministry more focused as the work develops. In addition, I have recently begun to meet a spiritual director called Fr Bernard who is based in Harborne.

Nu-Base at Bournville School – Unfortunately, the teacher I have been liaising with at Bournville School left at Easter while we were in the process of launching our drop-in group, Nu-Base. I am forging new relationships with two other pastoral assistants and we have decided to re-advertise the group to begin after half-term. Your prayers for all involved would be appreciated.

Talent Show – I am still coming to terms with the fantastic night of fun and entertainment that was the FAITH Talent Show. It wasn’t simply FAITH members showing off their abilities, but young and old from across the parish, and many came to show their support. There were musical acts, comedy acts, readings, dances and dramas and they were accompanied by a real sense of community. A good amount was raised for future youth work and people are already talking about next year!If you have photos of any of the acts from the night I would love to display some of them at church and maybe produce a DVD of the stills. Be sure to get permission from the person/people in the photo before sending them to me! Email: sfbyouth@gmail.comThanks to all who made it such a wonderful night!

A New Arrival – For those of you who have not yet heard, Dulcie Francesca Rachel Northam was born on Monday 12th May at 7:28am, weighing 7lbs. Mom and baby are doing well and Erica is very glad to have a new toy to play with! Many thanks for all your good wishes, kind gifts and particularly your prayers for us at this time – every one of them is appreciated.