Impact Youth Ministry exist to share the way of Jesus with our friends and family, to show them His love and to grow passionate followers of God who seek to worship Him with their whole lives.
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 first one below, if you would like to keep following, they are available on the front page of the church website.
Last Days in Calais – Introductory Blog (1) – 10th October
The Calais Migrant Camp, otherwise known as “The Jungle”, has approximately 10,000 refugees from mainly Northern Africa and the Middle East. Despite this staggering figure, “The Jungle” has ashamedly failed to receive any kind of legal recognition. Therefore, humanitarian support for refugees is provided by local grassroots organisations run by volunteers from all over Europe, rather than from the usual international NGOs, such UNHCR. I have been volunteering with one of these organisations, L’Auberge des Migrants, for one week.
You will be aware by now that the eviction of “The Jungle’ is inevitable, and nearing. As to the actual date or how it will happen, that is still not so certain, but it will probably be between 17 and 27 October. What is certain is that L’Auberge will continue to function, alongside continuing donation, collection and volunteer support. As to how future support will look like – again, this is still uncertain.
In terms of my engagement, I have been mainly working in the wood yard. This involves breaking up wooden pallets, and sawing into them in to smaller pieces multiple times – so pretty straightforward! The wood is distributed in the ‘The Jungle’ and used for cooking, as well as a valuable source of light and heat. Firewood provides refugees with a means of control over their own lives to cook independently, and saves them waiting in the long queues for centrally distributed food.
You are probably at this stage wondering what this blog is for. I shall be writing weekly blogs to firstly offer current information on the situation, and secondly to give advice on how you can support. Unfortunately, due to the upcoming eviction and the volatile atmosphere, L’Auberge is not letting in any new volunteers and so all of my information has been derived from the volunteers who are part of the current distribution team. However, I shall hopefully be distributing in the camps with the wood team soon. Currently, the donations that are needed most are tents, sleeping bags, blankets, bags or cases with wheels plus ring-pull cans of chopped tomatoes, red kidney beans, chick peas, lentils and tuna.
For more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve not seen a copy yet, our term plan for Autumn is now available to be picked up in the junction or online HERE.
This week we are starting our project to share God’s love around Chorleywood in Rock Solid. If you have not yet seen a parent letter, please find one HERE
Impact youth this week:
Football (year 10-13) – Monday 17th 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 18th of October
It’s our end of half term social this week! We’ll be setting up our Going Deeper cinema, busting out the popcorn and watching a film together. 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 the Junction – Wednesday 19th of October
This week our very own Chloe Fitzgerald will be speaking to us! We’re looking at ‘Who are you really?’.
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.
Rock Solid – Sunday 23rd ctober
We are continuing with our project to spread Gods love to Chorleywood. Last week we sadly got rained off, so we’ll have two groups delivering this week. If you would like to know more about what we are doing, please do get in touch with Simon. His email is: email@example.com
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 23rd of October
David Hall is speaking this week on Psalm 67. Café fusion is on!
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 Cafe Fusion on Sunday night. Hope to see you there.
Where: Christ Church
When: Service starts at 6.30 pm. Cafe 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.