An Amazing Weekend Away
We have just had the most amazing weekend away with young people from Shiregreen, Firth Park, Langsett and Pitsmoor. We went to the Pioneer Centre in Kidderminster for a weekend of fun activities, friendship, team building and family. We also gave our young people lots of opportunities to meet with Jesus and to hear about how He can change lives.
We spent the daytime doing 4 different outdoor activities – a high ropes course, low ropes, night line and climbing and abseiling. We also did a scavenger hunt in teams and had lots of time to hang out in the sports hall, play dodge ball and even had time to paint a few nails. The activities were such a great opportunity to encourage our young people to overcome obstacles, work in a team, trust other people and to gain new experiences. We were so proud of how they all got stuck in and encouraged each other and loved that every young person pushed themselves to try things they had never tried before.
On the first evening we had a rapper from the Message Trust come to speak and perform; he also shared his life story with them. His story was really powerful and had a deep impact on our young people. Many of the young people really related to his story, they listened intently and there were a lot of tears. One of our young leaders turned to us and said ‘well that’s it then – God is definitely real’.
The second evening we had a big campfire with marshmallows and smores. We all sang lots of songs together and had fun. Then we had a dance crew called Square One, also from the Message Trust, come to perform for us. They were great and really engaged the young people – they taught us all new dance moves and also performed some drama pieces about people’s stories. They talked to the young people about changing your story and the spoke to them about what it looks like to follow Jesus. They asked people to raise their hands and then to stand up if they wanted to follow Jesus. We had 14 responses on the night and have since had 2 more.
It was such a powerful time with Jesus. He was clearly moving in the room and many of the young people talked about how they could feel God and how they felt different. For many of the young people it has been a long journey to get to this place and we are excited to keep walking out the choice that they made on Saturday evening.
One young person said that it had been the best day of their whole life, and others said it had been their best holiday. They had loved being away together and they had loved meeting Jesus.
This story is also in our March newsletter. If you want to view that click here