Have a great Summer

Dear Everyone,

We’re working on a new website with lots of exciting information on our Autumn activities. Meanwhile, out Twitter Feed has the latest news. If you need to contact us, you can do so via ringing our office or tweeting us. If you need to email us, you can also email joseph@greenwichyfc.org.uk

JL

 

 

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Whodunnit? Saturday 7th of March

Murder in the Youth Group:

A Murder Mystery Fundraiser for Greenwich Youth for Christ.

St Nicholas Church Hall, Whetstone Road, Kidbrooke

Saturday 7th March 7pm for a sharp 7:30pm start (finished approx 9:30pm)

Tickets:£10 per adults, £5 concesssions (under 16s, students, pensioners, unemployed), cost includes some hot food – bring your own drinks (alcohol allowed).

Come and witness a night at the St Nick’s youth group where a shocking murder occurs! Watch the drama unfold, interview the key suspects and view the evidence and murder scene. See if your team can be the ones to solve the murder!

Teams approx 8 (flexible) or come as individuals/ couples and choose a table on the night.

To book you place please contact Paul on 02088562508 or e-mail him on paul-franklin@live.co.uk 

(and please bring your money for your ticket on the night itself.)

Burns Night

Burns Night

Greenwich Youth for Christ are pleased to announce the first of a number of very special events during 2015 Burns Night Join us on January 24th in the Crypt at St Margaret’s Church as we ‘Address the Haggis’ and enjoy a wonderful 3 course meal for just £15, which will go towards GYFC’s work with young people and their families.   Check the flyer for more details and email joseph@greenwichyfc.org for more ticket information.

We really hope that you can come for what we are sure will be a memorable night.

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Hot Stuff!

During the October half term 24 GYFC staff supporters bore their soles and took part in a Firewalk at OneSpace raising more than £3,600 for the work of GYFC. Around 100 people came out to cheers them on and for those of you who missed the fun, read the rest of this post to see the video evidence.

Special thanks go to Heather Drobinska and Christine Ridgwell for organising the event, and a big congratulations to those who took part and thank you to all who sponsored them. If you would still like to donate for this event, please follow the My Donate link on the home page.

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Walk on fire!

GYFC Fire Walk – 30/10/14 @ 6:30pm The Shortest Sponsored walk you’ll ever support! Members of the team along with trustees and other supporters will be walking on hot coals to raise funds for the amazing work of Greenwich Youth for Christ Greenwich Youth for Christ have a major impact on the lives of those they work with – can you put your heart and the ‘soles’ of your feet into raising some funds for the amazing work that it does? Want to get involved? You can: • take part, • come, watch and support us on the day or • sponsor those of us brave enough to take part. Any donation will make a massive difference to the work GYFC do Greenwich Youth for Christ do amazing work ensuring that all the young people they work with know that they are valued, loved and important. You can help them meet with people who are most in need of support and have a positive impact on their lives, building relationships with them, providing good role models and not giving up on them when others do. The team are willing to stand up and walk on hot coals to help these young people out – are you?

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All Change

Having moved back into our permanent home at OneSpace we are being joined by a number of new volunteers on the team and are now running a number of exciting new projects and groups (more detail of these below)

We have three new members joining the team this year: Wesley, who is doing his first year as a student in Christian Youth Ministires: he will be helping out with the Banx project; with Saints Cafe; and Thursday football as well as working with the Parish of East Greenwich and exploring opportunities to start a youth cafe in that area Barney, who is a local gap year volunteer, he will be helping us with BanX, Explosion and Thursday football, he is a member of St Michaels Church and will also be helping them with their youth work Jess, has come all the way from California through national YFC to volunteer with us for a year. She will be working with Lauren on delivering the girls programme that runs alongside many of our other projects and going into Trinity with Joe to deliver one to one mentoring. We also have Michael from Plumstead Salvation Army joining the team as a sessional worker, he will mainly be running the youth cafe in Plumstead, but may help on other projects in the future. We are really excited to have all these new members to the team and you can read a little more about the projects that they are going to be involved with below. However, whilst we have been able to grow some areas of the organisation, due to the present funding situation at Greenwich Youth for Christ we have recently had to take some tough decisions too. There is a need for us to focus our resources on continuing to deliver direct high quality Youth work. We are, therefore, making the administrators post redundant and our administrator, Pam will be leaving the team at the end of October. We are sad to see Pam go; she has been a dedicated member of the team for the last five years and supported all the staff and volunteers administratively and emotionally throughout this time. We wish her all the best for her future endeavours and will continue to pray for her.

Selected projects

BanX Working in partnership with OneSpace we are delivering a Tuesday night youth cafe for the skaters and BMX’s who like to use OneSpace as a place to hang out. We hope that this will be a time for us to get to know them better; offering them support and guidance and link them with the apprenticeship opportunities we know about.

Explosion We are partnering with Plumstead Salvation Army to help them deliver their youth cafe in the white heart area of Plumstead. Jess and Barney will be joining their team every Wednesday evening to build relationships with and offer guidance to the young people attending this group

Girls Many of the girls from Girlz Thyme have now gone off to university so Lauren, with Jess now joining her, will be working with a new group of girls, many of whom made initial contact through the Romance Academy course we ran at Thomas Tallis last year and others who have linked in through the open access youth groups that we run. This is an opportunity for the girls to get together, receive the specific support they need and grow in confidence and self esteem as together they work through the challenges of being a teenage girl in south east London.

Weekly with GYFC

Monday: VIP Family Support – we deliver parenting courses and one to one support, mainly on Mondays but also throughout the week sarah@greenwichyfc.org.uk Tuesday: BanX (6-8pm) – this is an open access youth group for skaters, scooters and BMX riders in partnership with OneSpace joseph@greenwichyfc.org.uk Girls – Lauren and Jess spend time with the girls offering support and friendship during the BanX session and throughout the week jess@greenwichyfc.org.uk Wednesday: Trinity – Joe and Jess deliver one to one mentoring at Trinity Secondary school joseph@greenwichyfc.org.uk RGUTC – Cathy delivers confidential counselling at the Royal Greenwich University Technical College Rebecca@greenwichyfc.org.uk Explosion (6:30 – 8:30pm)– we are partnering with Plumstead Salvation Army to deliver an open access youth group in the white heart area of Plumstead Rebecca@greenwichyfc.org.uk Thursday: Tallis – Joe and Lauren deliver some mentoring support at Thomas Tallis school joseph@greenwichyfc.org.uk Football (4-5pm) – for anyone who wants to come along, hang out with their mates and play football joseph@greenwichyfc.org.uk Girls – Lauren and Jess spend time with the girls offering support and friendship during the football session jess@greenwichyfc.org.uk Friday: Saints Cafe (6:30 – 9pm) – we partner with St Michaels Church to help them in delivering their open access youth cafe joseph@greenwichyfc.org.uk

Up-coming events

GYFC Fire Walk – 30/10/14 @ 6:30pm The Shortest Sponsored walk you’ll ever support! Members of the team along with trustees and other supporters will be walking on hot coals to raise funds for the amazing work of Greenwich Youth for Christ Greenwich Youth for Christ have a major impact on the lives of those they work with – can you put your heart and the ‘soles’ of your feet into raising some funds for the amazing work that it does? Want to get involved? You can: • take part, • come, watch and support us on the day or • sponsor those of us brave enough to take part. Any donation will make a massive difference to the work GYFC do Greenwich Youth for Christ do amazing work ensuring that all the young people they work with know that they are valued, loved and important. You can help them meet with people who are most in need of support and have a positive impact on their lives, building relationships with them, providing good role models and not giving up on them when others do. The team are willing to stand up and walk on hot coals to help these young people out – are you?

GYCF Summer BBQ

Please join us for our very first GYFC Summer Barbecue where we will be celebrating our work with young people in this past year, looking forward to the future and enjoying each other’s company. We’d be delighted to see you, even if you can only come for part of the evening. We will be selling tickets for the evening to cover the costs of the food and there will be a bar. (It would really help us if you could bring cash donations for drinks please). The tickets cost

  • £5 ticket per adult
  • £3 ticket for a concession (under 18 or GYFC participant or OAP)
  • £12.50 ticket for 2 adults and 2 concessions
  • £9 ticket for two adults

Please email Pam at pam@greenwichyfc.org.uk to get your tickets or telephone 07516 254217. Important – RSVP by Monday 7th July to help us plan effectively for this event.

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Challenge yourself!

We have partnered up with Global Challenges, an event company to organise challenging and not so challenging fundraising events to enable you to get fitter whilst supporting work with young people in our community too.

China, Pembrokeshire, London to Paris, Cycle Europe?

We have a number of exciting challenges to wet your appetite. Would you like to go trekking along the Great Wall of China? How about a trek up the Alps, or a cycle ride through some of the brightest European cities or from London to Paris. You could just pay outright for the challenge, treating a bit like a mini adventure which benefits young people as well or you could go all our and get others to sponsor you. The second way would mean you contribute little if nothing, have fun and raise more money to help young people and families in our community. What’s stopping you? Click here to go to the page with the relevant links.

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Girls continue to meet up..

Even though we are still awaiting a date for our return to OneSpace, it is business as usual for some of our groups. Girls Thyme has re started this year and the girls have been meeting at a local coffee shop. The atmosphere has been informal and quite comfortable and it is still possible to chat and share experiences. Thank you Lauren for keeping the group going in such a creative way.

Finish

Thank you Charlie

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.” These words were spoken by the local priest in Kalmar as I was treading water in the Baltic Sea along with 2000 other nervous triathletes. Grateful for his blessing I breathed a quiet amen and ducked under the water to try to find some calm before the madness began.

This particular madness is known as an Ironman Triathlon, a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run, which has to be completed within 17 hours. I decided to use the race as an opportunity to support the fantastic work of VIP – Family Support and we have been overwhelmed by your generosity. Including gift aid you’ve given just over £5000 to support this valuable work – thank you.
Despite a rough swim and tough bike, caused by a force 5 headwind, I crossed the finish line just under 12 hours later in a total time of 11:51, 845th. Knowing so many of you had sponsored me to finish the race was real motivation to dig deep during the marathon . So a massive thank you for your support and sponsorship, it will make a huge difference to the families supported by Sarah and her team.