Youth Roundup: April 2013

Chocolate Lifepath – On 20th March we had our first Lifepath at St Martin’s in the Bull Ring, attended by 70 young people from a Muslim majority school. Lifepath is a Scripture Union initiative which we’ve chosen to base on the life of George Cadbury and his Quaker spirituality. Lifepath will be coming to St Francis this month, so please look out for news soon.

Lichfield Pilgrimage – There was a wonderful pilgrimage – organised by Revd Susannah – during Lent to Lichfield Cathedral. We had a tour around the cathedral, learning about the history of the 3 buildings that have historically stood there. Highlights for me included the Lichfield Gospels, the Staffordshire Hoard and a Saxon Angel which was thought to adorn St Chad’s shrine in the 8th Century!

Change Kitchen – Our Wednesday group continues to host Change Kitchen, a group dedicated to encouraging young people to eat healthily. We’ve already cooked stir fry, pasta and pizza! It concludes after Easter.

Reloaded – We had a visit from Reloaded, the youth group from Christ Church, Selly Park, during March. There was fun and games as our groups got to know one another better, but also a focus on Lent and how Jesus forgives us by dying for our sins on Good Friday and rising from the dead.

Felt Making – We had a great time recently making felt, with the help of Catherine Pinnock. Did you know it takes wool, soap, water, bubble wrap, net curtain and pipe lagging to make felt? Yes, I was surprised too! I hope to be putting photos up of this activity on the blog soon.

Breathe Contemporary Youth Retreat – If you are interested in a retreat that allows you space to be you; space to think; space to experience God for yourself; space to breathe then Breathe is for you! You can find more information at and for a video and young people’s reflections on the week. I hope to see you there!

Paul Northam.