Setting up CREATE has been quite a rollercoaster as I have tried to follow and work out God’s plans for us! The vision to develop a rural training centre has been developed over the last year and after a summer of fundraising, sorting policies, interviewing and praying; Will and Vicki joined us.
Much of the first term was about establishing practical support in terms of housing and allowances, mentoring and management and introducing Will and Vicki to everyone. Sadly Will has decided he needs to be at home to sort through some issues, so he did not return after Christmas. However, Vicki has lots of plans for the new term, including a girls group and developing her after school ‘film, faith and photography’ club.
It has been great to be able to develop our links with Uffculme School. We have offered RE lessons, assemblies, helped organize the school carol service and done regular lunch time clubs and supported the Christian Union. This term Vicki is running a photography club and helping with a strengthening families course.
We have worked hard to develop links with Willand, Kentisbeare and Uffculme and Vicki continues to be involved in their youth and children’s ministry on a Sunday.
Bright Lights Party
This was an exciting partnership with Willand, Uffculme and the United Reform Church in Uffculme. We teamed up to organize an alternative message for Halloween and a group of young people helped to lead the event and put together a puppet show.
Kentisbeare ‘Christmas Experience’
This was part of a new project to explore a more contemplative spirituality with children and young people. We piloted this at Kentisbeare and it was a great success. We now have a set of resources to use again next year. We also hope to develop the resources for an Easter experience and a reflective day in the summer term.
Thirty one children and young people gathered for a film night to watch the Nativity in St Mary’s church just before Christmas despite the snow!!
Music Day – Fit for Praise
Andrew Down organized a brilliant day of training for the Mission Community in music and leading worship. Andrew Marie and the youth worker form St Andrew’s church Cullompton helped run the day. As part of my role in developing the CREATE vision I supported him to design the day to include children and young people.
Looking ahead and food for prayer….
CREATE will host a training day on Godly Play in Willand in February. We also have funding for the resources for this method of religious education. We hope that these will be stored in Sampford Peverell and that there will also be training for teachers from our church schools. I am working with Carol Booth (the Methodist ministers wife) who has experience in Godly play and this project is in partnership with the Diocesan children’s advisor: Katherine Lyddon.
Developing a youth ministry library
We have been given £500 of resources by the Diocesan youth advisor Martin Thompson to support youth ministry in our area and want to develop this resource and make it available to the Square fish network and those involved in Christian youth ministry. Vicki has offered to be our librarian and lesley is there to help her when needed.
Exploring a contemplative spirituality with young people through outdoor activities. This project involves an exciting partnership with Lee Abbey and Wildside Education.
This term we plan to develop the Squarefish website. We need to set up a child protection policy for social networking and develop a team of young people to produce articles to update the site.
Thank you for all your support to make the dream for CREATE a part of God’s plan to grow His kingdom here on earth and within the lives of the young people and children in our parishes.