Youth Round-up: Jan 09

Welcome to the Outreach Youth Worker’s latest roundup looking back over the month of January.

“I’ve Passed!” – As part of my continuing work at Bournville School I have been asked to help staff a school trip to London at the beginning of March. This requires me to drive their minibus – but the law now demands that I take a special mini-bus driving test. The good news is that I passed my test on 22nd January and I’m now looking forward to working with the pupils both in and out of school.

One Enchanted Evening – On Sunday 11th January we had the privilege of welcoming magician Mark Townsend to St Francis’ Church. He was already known to many from his visit towards the end of 2008, but this was an opportunity to experience a full show and to see the talent that brings together the thrill of live magic with reflections on the mystery of God’s presence in everyday life. The first half of the night had the feel of a regular magic show, but the second half brought out the everyday magic we see all around us from the seemingly miraculous properties of various elements to the uniqueness that can be found in a single snowflake.

Christian Connections – This year we will be working more closely with Pavilion Christian Community at Rowheath Pavilion. I am continuing my involvement with The Source (a Wednesday after school drop-in), however their new youth worker, Thomas Loftus from Albuquerque, New Mexico, will now be helping us to staff FAITH on a Sunday afternoon. Look out for joint youth events coming up in the next few months!

Sleeping Beauty – Four months of very hard work came together at the end of January in the form of Sleeping Beauty, our youth pantomime. Produced by Amanda Homer, with the help of many parishioners, and starring some of our young people from FAITH and FAITHFUL, two performances were given on Saturday 31st watched by over 200 people. We are so grateful to all who were involved and the generous support shown by the parish. The money raised will go to funding future youth work as well as to a charity chosen by the young people. If you would like to read more about the pantomime (and other youth news) please visit: