Ryan’s latest report, April 2018
As I am writing this I am sitting in my office on what is supposed to be a lovely spring day but outside it looks very gloomy but what doesn’t look gloomy is what St. Mary’s has instore for our children and young people. As we move into the summer term it can only mean one thing, LIGHTHOUSE!
Lighthouse is back again this year and I am very much looking forward to being a part of it. If you are a child and you wish to attend the registration date is open from the 1st May. If you are a teenager or adult the registration for being a helper is open now, it would be great for you all to come and help it is an amazing week. The theme for lighthouse this year is Go, and this is based from the last command that Jesus gave his disciples, from Matthew 28.
Over the Easter Holidays I got to go and attend Spring Harvest at Skegness. This was a great trip for me and I would highly encourage going along next year. What was really nice about going was the time I got to spend in sessions worshipping and praying. The talks were really challenging and were based on the book of James. The five talks were, Face it, Live it, Tame it, Lose it and Finish it. In the morning I went to the young adults group where it was led by a Vicar called Cris Rogers and we were challenged with the 5 themes and how we can apply it to our own personal situation and mission field.
The afternoons for me were spent mostly relaxing and reading and for two days I entered the 5 a side football tournament were the team I was in managed to be the runners up. We only lost the final 1-0 and it was a great achievement for 5 guys who have never played football together before.
For an academic update I only have my dissertation to do now which is due in June. For those who do not know I have been working on a BA in Christian Mission and Ministry specialising in youth and children for the past 4 years. It has been difficult trying to complete essays whilst working full time but all will nearly be done soon. So can I ask that you just keep this is your prayers for me over the next couple of months.
On the mission side of things, everything is going well with the children’s and youth ministry. We had a really great day in March when the whole of year 3 & 4 from Longwick Church of England Combined School came and joined us for an Easter Activity morning. This was great fun with drama sketches and also looking at the Easter Story in a different way. In our weekly group called Splash which runs in Longwick, we have been seeing numbers grow in that group also and the excitement that the students have when they come into splash and when they leave with their craft is always great to see. We are also looking for people to come and join our Splash team so please do speak to me about this if this interests you.
On a Sunday morning in our groups we have been very busy and it is great to see children and young people bringing life to our Sunday groups. We do however need more volunteers to come onto our Sunday group teams, if you can help in any way, please do come and speak to me and we can have a chat about how you can support our children’s and youth ministry at St. Mary’s.
On the 24th April it is the churches APCM, so a big meeting where church members can come and hear all about the life of the church. I have been asked at this meeting to give the new children’s and youth vision for the next couple of years. At this I will be taking a lot from the St Mary’s 2020 vision and applying it to the children’s and youth ministry. Do come along and see what the vision is going to be.
Over the next coming months there will be new groups coming so please keep looking at the children’s and youth board in church to keep up to date with all that is children and youth related for St. Mary’s.
Listen again to Ryan’s interview at TGIS in September 2016, telling us all about his faith journey.