Overflowing with thankfulness

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During the school half-term holiday, over 50 primary aged children enjoyed a fun and exciting holiday club organised by Westbourne Park Family Centre, supported by St. Stephen’s Church, and hosted at St. Stephen’s CofE Primary School.

Club Xpress meets at St. Stephen’s School every Friday evening but also during each school half-term break.  Along with the adult staff and volunteers, over 15 teenagers – many of whom have been former participants at the holiday clubs – help run many activities and support the younger children.

The theme for the holiday club was ‘Overflow with thankfulness’ – Colossians 2 v7. This included a wide game in Kensington Gardens where the children overcame barriers to thankfulness – such as Envy, Greed, Selfishness – to pass on 276 thank you letter’s expressing their gratitude for things as varied as the weather, their families, their homes and God. A wall of thankfulness was created at the school which was added to throughout the club.

The club was inspected by Ofsted during the Friday sessions and the inspector seemed very impressed by what she saw.

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Car Wash!

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On Saturday, 19th May – while the rest of the world was watching the Royal Wedding – a group of 10 young people, ably assisted by some of their parents, undertook a fund-raising car wash outside the front of the church.

In brilliant spring sunshine, and with military efficiency, they worked extremely hard to polish and preen, inside and out, a stream of cars for 5 hours.

While their cars were washed, the owners consumed home-made cakes, tea, coffee etc, before being re-introduced to their cars, now in near showroom condition – and in some cases that was quite a challenge!

All customers went away pleased and impressed, and donated generously . Thanks to all who made donations and to those who worked so hard.

The young people are raising funds towards the cost of going on summer camps and in total hope to raise £1500. So all donations are welcome, and watch this space to hear about future fund-raising events.

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Ascension Day

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All are warmly invited to our Ascension day celebrations….

6.30-7.30pm
Youth Group welcome us
to join them for supper

7.30-8.30pm
A service of
Praise and Prayer
for
Ascension
including a helium balloon release,
sparklers and fireworks

 

Brunel Tutors Thriving

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Brunel Tutors – a project initiated and run by St. Stephen’s – is continuing to thrive and grow.

Good news includes improvements to the venue, new grant funding, healthy numbers attending and an additional new group aimed more at teenagers.

Led by Mike Moritz, our Community Mission Co-ordinator, and a growing team of volunteers, Brunel Tutors is a free after-school tutoring service aimed at families living on or near the Brunel Estate.

Brunel Tutors meets each Wednesday and Thursday during school term dates from 3.45-5.15pm for any children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Each week, exciting and lively sessions are planned to help young people develop their understanding and skills in either English, Maths or Science. The children learn as a group by having fun, through games, play and competition.

Now, in addition, an extra session has been organised on Wednesdays between 5.15-6.30pm for those studying in Key Stage 3 to offer more one-to-one support with learning, homework and exam revision.

If you would like your child to attend, offer to volunteer or just learn more please make contact through the Brunel Tutors dedicated website.

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Youth Celebration at St. Paul’s

20170924_191054Some of our Thursday youth group headed off to St. Paul’s for a special youth celebration presided over by Bishop Rob – the Bishop of Edmonton.

This is just one event that is part of the Diocese of London’s Capital Youth strategy. Capital Youth is the response to calls to be more radical, for people across the Diocese to spend an increasing amount of time focused on young people as part of our ministry, and for this work to be seen as too important to delegate or avoid. Capital Youth means we will increase our focus on evangelism and discipleship within our youth work.

The evening was rounded off with a stop off at McDonald’s on the way home!