God Loves Leeds!
In what often feels like an increasingly troubled country, especially after the events of the last few months, we are very privileged to serve God here in Leeds. There is hope for the future in the lives of the young people we work with. It is so good to see some of those who have come through Kidz Klub and Space helping with other groups as young leaders and then maturing to become adult leaders, making a real contribution to the teams they work with. This is what our work is all about – seeing young people grow and develop and become good citizens, not just here in Leeds but as part of God’s Kingdom.
Enjoy a few snippets of what we have been doing over the last few months!
This has been a year of changes which have felt unsettling at times. For various reasons, existing volunteers at Crossgates, Cottingley and Burmantofts have been unable to continue with their work for Space. Unfortunately there have been no new volunteers coming forward in these areas so we have had to close the groups for the time being.
We are very aware that there are areas of our city where Kidz Klub works with children but there is nothing for them to go to when they move up to High School. Please join with us in praying about the way forward in these areas.
HALTON MOOR: Space in Halton Moor continues to thrive. Our group of Y7 children are settled and seem confident enough to ask some quite difficult questions at times. Our older group has lost a big portion of their number due to a house move for one family and sports commitments. We really miss them, but we still have a couple of regular attenders who are starting to talk about their future. It’s a real privilege to be a part of these discussions.
We enjoyed skating with some of the Beeston groups and went bowling, which was a first time experience for some of the group.
With the better weather we have had some fun trips to Temple Newsam where we have played frisbee and rounders.
BEESTON YEAR 7: The summer term has been a lot of fun at Year 7 Space.
We have been exploring God’s view on some of the big issues in our lives and our world. We’ve had some constructive discussions and learned a lot from one another.
There has been lots of laughter, conversations and healthy competition during our free time and group games. It is amazing to see how the group has bonded and evolved since September.
15 young people plus leaders are looking forward to ending the year with a residential at Marrick Priory with a group of Year 6s from Kidz Klub.
BEESTON YEAR 9: This is one of our smaller groups but it has been a really good term with the core group of 8 or 9 young people. The summer evenings have allowed us to spend time playing outside enjoying games of hide and seek and rounders on the local school field. It is a real privilege to journey with these young people and share their challenges along with sharing in the fun times we have at Space.
At the end of June we took several of the group to Abersoch in North Wales with our Y10/11 group which included a visit to Surf Snowdonia where our young people had a brilliant time bouncing on giant inflatables on a lake!
BEESTON Y10 & 11: Year 10-11 Space continues to go well. We normally get 15-ish, and we are enjoying the outdoors space at St Luke’s - it’s all pretty chilled / grown-up. In the past year, highlights include the trip into town for Light Night last October, some of the youngsters attending the local ‘Frames’ discipleship course, the Christmas Lantern Festival and - most recently - our weekend in Wales (combined with Year 9). For that, we spent a day exploring and doing challenges/games on the beach, a BBQ, a fire on the beach, and a water-based adventure course activity; we retold the story of the prodigal son, as a modern-day parable.
HYDE PARK: We are very excited to announce that this group will reopen in September. They have had a difficult few months but are now looking forward to a new start, visiting with Kidz Klub in the area and getting to know the children who are preparing to move to High School and will be ready for a Space group in September. Also involved with the Community Changers group run by Kidz Klub at Wrangthorn Church which has given another opportunity to connect with these young people and their families.
The volunteer team is in place and we are praying for smooth transitions between Kidz Klub and Space.
We are very grateful to those of you who support us financially, we couldn’t continue without you. Just after Easter we took some of our young people bag-packing in Morrisons, Hunslet and are looking for opportunities to obtain grants to supplement our regular donations.
A great big THANK-YOU to everyone who supports SPACE, either through volunteering, praying, or giving financially, we couldn’t do it without you! Have a great summer!
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