This November we had the pleasure of hosting the National Conference. It was a fantastic experience for all who attended; packed with talks, panels, worship and more…
We have just finished hosting our annual National Conference at Legge House in Wroughton, near Swindon. It was great to see so many of you there! For those who couldn’t make it – it was a day packed with talks, panels, worship, and fantastic Biblical teaching from Keith Dolding. As well as a nice long forest walk! It was great to connect, catch up and just share some time with with our wider network from across the country: Wheatley, Witham, Preston and our Trustees in addition to those based in Reading.
Preparations are being finalised for the Re:Start programme, which we will be running for the Alternative Provision pupils we help run classes for at JMA. We’ll be taking them to Prospect Park one day a week for 16 weeks to complete a mainly horticultural vocational programme, starting in the first weeks of January term.
Earlier in the month they got involved in making poppies out of plastic bottles for a school display. I was pleased to see the kids – who often display behavioural difficulties – get into this and to see them respecting the two minutes silence which was held on the Friday prior to Remembrance Sunday.
As a new member of the team I attended my first ‘Whitley Prayer Walk’ this month. We are part of this on the first Friday of every month. It was great to be part of a group of people dedicated to seeing the healing and restorative power of prayer brought to the streets of Whitley. It was humbling to be a part of and was encouraging to see local Christians coming together in this way. No matter the problems that afflict the homes, schools and workplaces in our community, we can always hold to the promise:
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5
This overview was provided by Phil Jury a Shift Youth and Community Intern.