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Dear friends and family of Impact Youth,
One of our church members and a graduate of the youth ministry here is currently on one of the teams helping in the refugee camp in Calais. He’s starting a blog that is going up on the Christ Church website describing his experience there. I’ve included the third one below, if you would like to keep following, they are available on the front page of the church website.
Week 3 – Pre-eviction preparations – 24.10.16
You will be aware that an official date was finally set and the eviction will supposedly last up to one week. Refugees have been given the choice of entering buses to be taken to accommodation centres across France, where they will apparently have a 1 month ‘thinking period’ on their future. I cannot disclose all of the information as it is not my place and it would take up too much space, but I can write about the general preparations and the feelings for the eviction.
In terms of L’Auberge preparations, our distribution programmes have been adapted. There has been a recent big push for bag pack distribution. The vulnerability team has continued identifying individuals, in particular those in need of donations, which is a very difficult job as you can imagine. Food distribution is continuing as normal. A salvage team will be going in to collect what they can during the eviction period. There has been a team preparing for fire prevention by filling 1000 litre containers with water, and laying hoses throughout camp.
Wood is no longer permitted to be distributed in to the Jungle camp by the CRS (French Riot Police). This was anticipated, but it is still sad. Distribution has been difficult. We had a wood shortage, so many people were very disappointed and I could sympathise as the portions were pitiful. Still, people were grateful. Not sure exactly what will happen with wood yard operations post-eviction, or for that matter, any of the established L’Auberge operations.
During our last cricket match, the game had to be cut short due to some disturbances at the other end of camp. Many people packed up their possessions early and simply moved on. Who knows where they head next?
There have been a few positives. A number of ‘unaccompanied minors’ have been taken to the UK now. Around 70 refugees were accepted onto a scholarship program at Lille University. They celebrated in the wood yard, and it was wonderful to talk to people who had an actual plan, with big smiles on their faces. For the first time I have let myself get slightly emotional.
Please pray first and foremost for the safety of all. Pray for strength to keep going, and wisdom to comfort those who need it. Pray for refugees in general and their uncertain futures.
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Impact youth this week:
Football (year 10-13) – Monday 31st of October
Football is on this week with the usual gang. Come along from 6 till 7!
Where: St. Clement Danes Astroturf
When: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
This is a joint venture with St. Andrews Church. We’re currently running just one pitch, for young people in year 8 and up. It’s a great place to run off some extra energy, build friendships and encourage each other.
Going Deeper (year 6-9) – Tuesday 1st of November
Going Deeper is back up and running this week! We’ll be having all the usual fun, some seminars, and our interns will be battling it our to avoid an end of term gunging! Hope you can join!
Where: Christ Church – The Junction
When: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Going Deeper is a great place to catch up with friends, make new ones, hang out, and meet with Jesus!
YPF (year 10-13) at Life Groups – Wednesday 2nd of November
This week YPF are in Life Groups, so make sure you get in touch with your Life Group leaders to find out where you’re meeting.
When: 7.30 – 9.30pm
YPF are a big, fun group of young people who love God. We meet in 4 life groups every other week in order to go deeper with God in friendship with one another. If you’re not sure which group you are in or where to go, give Simon a ring on: 07910 406456.
All Age service – Sunday 6th of November
Rock Solid are going to the All Age service this week run, lead by our Children’s Minister Holly Draper.
Where: In Church
Rock Solid normally meet Sunday mornings during the 10.30 service. Rock Solid is designed to be fun, to nurture friendships and to help young people own their faith and grow in it.
Church & Café Fusion – Sunday 6th of November
David Hall is speaking this week on the next in our series in Psalms.
We say it… and we mean it. If you only have time to make it to one Impact Youth event in the week, come to church followed by Café Fusion on Sunday night. Hope to see you there.
Where: Christ Church
When: Service starts at 6.30 pm. Café Fusion is after the evening service, 7.45 – 8.45.
This is a great place to catch up with each other before you start the week.