We’ve had a lot of fun this year! We had our annual city wide trip in May and this year we went to Hesley Wood Activity Centre where we enjoyed various activities such as crate stacking, indoor caving and archery. Individual groups have taken part in days out, evenings out and residential trips, as well as their weekly meetings. And most recently we had fun fundraising with a bag pack at Seacroft Tesco’s.
We have welcomed over 30 new kids to Year 7 this term – they are an enthusiastic and friendly bunch. Last year’s oldest group have made up the core of the team of leaders for this group and it has been great to see them grow into this new role.
The older groups vary in size but highlights from this term have been a trip to Jump Inc and also cooking an advent meal for 45 people - as seen on Made in Leeds TV. Also we’ve enjoyed gathering together on a weekly basis for some intense (but fun!) competitions and some good conversations.
The oldest Beeston group have been involved in a residential to Wales (featuring a vintage rail trip, paintballing, and trip to the beach, including a fire) in June and more recently helping with Samara Aid appeal – see picture.
Hyde Park is our newest group which started in the spring. Meeting at St Augustine’s Wrangthorne church on Hyde Park Terrace numbers are slowly building up. They are spending time forming relationships with the young people who come and are looking forward to seeing them grow and develop.
Burmantofts had a great first half of 2016 with numbers steady.
Unfortunately a lack of leaders meant we couldn’t start again in September, but new volunteers mean that the group are meeting again.
We have exciting plans for the group to expand and bring kids in from a wider area using a minibus to transport them, but this is very dependent on gaining extra helpers.
We have had an exciting year in 2016. Numbers fluctuated over the first part of the year but since the summer we seem to have grown again with seven new year 7 pupils joining us, most of whom attended Kidz Klub. We have established them into their own group and merged the other two groups which seems to be working well.
Our weekly meetings are a mixture of games, craft and thoughts for the day. We have been following some studies from a book ‘Invisible Lives’. These studies are written by our own Dave Skivington and help young people learn about the injustice taking place in the world. We have heard stories from real people’s lives and have been encouraged to make a difference in the world. As a result of this we prepared several shoeboxes which will be going to children in Liberia and Dave gave us a talk about modern day slavery.
A massive thank you to all our leaders and volunteers for their hard work and commitment and also a massive thank you to all our donors and prayer supporters
We couldn’t do it without you!
Many blessings for Christmas and 2017!
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