Christian activities for teens, children, toddlers and families, and training for volunteers in Middlesbrough, Teesside and the North East

Registered Charity Number 1173233

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You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed. Dr. A. J. Gordon

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit; says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

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Another Big Change

Posted on Monday, Oct 30, 2017

Over the last year, we saw many young teenagers aged 11-15 joining both Fact and Girl Time, both of which were held fortnightly. At both groups, particularly Fact, there were serious disciplinary issues, which persisted until a point when we were forced to decide that one had to stop. In July, we chose to stop both groups, as both had grown so rapidly, and rethink how we were working. The result of one meeting/prayer time was a new group called "Fact Finders" – a weekly meeting for this age group focused on bible teaching. This group has worked well, with numbers increasing slowly and almost all young people attending a residential weekend in October. However, we are still very concerned for those who have not returned since these changes were made.

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Holiday at Home

Posted on Monday, Oct 30, 2017

It was good to invited back to Latimer Memorial Church in Beverley. I'm unsure how many times I've been now, but the first time must have been over 10 years ago! It‟s been good to see children growing up year by year, but especially great to see one of the young people we worked with on our first visit still seeking to follow Jesus many years later.

"We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

For the last 10 years we have thanked God for an excellent relationship between Cannon Park Church and Newport Primary School. The head teacher was very supportive and, although not a believer, was keen to have a strong link between the church and school. Over the past 10 years I've spent 9 hours a week at the school and the school have paid the church for the work I did. In 2015 the then-head teacher said that due to budget cuts, the school would be unable to pay the church, but we decided I would continue to go because the link was too good to lose. This happened just as we were setting up Tots2teens, so it meant a significant drop in expected income. When I spoke to the head teacher about Tots2teens she was excited about the idea of more people benefitting from the work. Amazingly, she said "you will be a lot busier when the charity is set up. Let us know if you are stretched for time – we'll work it out." It was so encouraging; we thank God for her interest in our work. At the start of 2017 a new head teacher arrived. We knew this could make a big difference. On my return from Kilchzimmer, I was called into the office and told: "we need to give other people chance to volunteer – you‟ve been here a long time and need to go so that someone else can have a turn." To say I was gutted would be a hugeunderstatement! I explained that I had started at the school to work with challenging children at the request of the old head teacher, but it made no difference. At the end of our meeting I could not understand how God could allow something so beneficial to be taken away.

A meeting was arranged between myself and the deputy head to see if I could do some assemblies. Having only taken 4 in the last 10 years, I didn‟t hold much hope. But God knew what he was doing, even if it seemed unclear at first.

""For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD." Isaiah 55:8

The deputy head asked me to do 2 assemblies per month from April-July, which is twice the number I had been asked to do over the past 10 years! The school is still very open to me handing out invites to various events. Although our relationship with the school has changed, I thank God for the rare opportunity to teach a biblical view on the topics I am given. Currently, I go in for one assembly every month from now to July, but that may increase. Please pray as I meet with the deputy head about more assemblies and also potential input to RE lessons.

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Invitation to Speak

Posted on Monday, Oct 30, 2017

It was a great privilege to be asked by Martin Woodier to teach ages 11-14 and ages 2-4 at the FIEC Joint Churches Family Day for the North & West Yorkshire area. We took a team of 5 with us for the day.

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Park Kids

Posted on Monday, Oct 30, 2017

Following teacher training we visited 3 parks in the Gresham area of Middlesbrough every day for a week of the school holiday. We spent 11⁄2 hours in each park playing games, singing songs, teaching the Bible and getting to know children and families. The weather stayed fine even when the forecast said it would rain!

This year we saw a 4-year-old girl who had apparently never been to any group activity before, but enjoyed her time with us so much she stayed until the end of our session and was late to her friend‟s party! We were so encouraged when this little girl brought her mam to the first Pathfinders session (weekly meeting for ages 4-11). She has been with her mum, Becka, every week since. Becka listens from the back of the room and helps her daughter with craft activities.

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Teacher Training

Posted on Monday, Oct 30, 2017

During the summer we were able to run training sessions for volunteers from three churches in preparation for "Park Kids". We co-ran this with Child Evangelism Fellowship, and we pray there will be opportunity for more joint training events. Everyone who attended was involved with teaching in the park and is regularly teaching each week.

We hope to arrange a "Teaching Children Effectively Level 1" course in the spring, building towards various missions that will be held over the summer. Please pray these will be well attended.

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Answered Prayer

Posted on Monday, Oct 30, 2017

Tots2teens finally became a registered charity in May 2017, and employed Dave Plant as “Director of youth and children‟s work” from August this year. We have seen God provide the support needed to take this step, through generous one-off gifts and monthly donations from individuals. We trust our Father in Heaven to provide for our work, not just for it to continue but also to grow.

One big answer to prayer - although it is still high on our list of things to keep praying for - is “labourers for the harvest”. We have been encouraged to see a number of volunteers join us over the last year but due to other commitments they are often not around long. This photo shows 3 volunteers from First Steps (ages 0-4). On the left you can see Sara, who is the mother of a family we have been working with for some time. Her oldest daughter regularly attends church and volunteers with our 4-11 year-olds. Please pray that we will see God work in this family and see Sara and her other children understand their need of a Saviour. The other two in the picture are Laura and Becka. Laura first heard the gospel as a teenager at Cannon Park Church's "Games Night" and over the last four years she has regularly helped with ages 0-15. Becka attends Guisborough Evangelical Church and is involved with our residential weekends for ages 11-17 and weekly 0-4s group. Both Laura and Becka have completed "Teaching Children Effectively Level 1" and are now regularly teaching different age groups.

We have also seen a number of volunteers come from amongst the teenagers we work with, and this has given the opportunity to train future teachers and leaders for service.

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When we work, we work. When we pray, God works.

Posted on Friday, Jan 20, 2017

This first year has been very busy, and the more that gets done, the more there seems to be to do. We have seen God at work answering prayer and faithfully providing.

Here are some 2016 highlights

Park kids went well despite bad weather, (one day we had children stood under a tent in pouring rain) one of these has joined girl time, and apparently she had been at Park Kidz for the last three years.

Two families have started regularly attending church through the Pathfinders group, one couple of who had involved with other churches in the area are now volunteers. The other family know very little of the gospel but the father has been asking about baptism and the Christianity explored coarse.

"Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually." 1 Chronicles 16:11

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Things God has provided in answer to prayer.

Posted on Thursday, Jan 19, 2017

We now have a base to work from at Cannon Park Church. Although we are based at Cannon Park there have been links developed with a number of churches on Teesside. One of which let us use their mini bus at very short notice. We also received enough money to feed 50 children every day for a week from Hope4summer, and a Project called “Soup” gave us money towards our Family Fun day, and Park Kids. While we have seen a number of people leave God has laid it on their heart to continue to support this work.

Our highlights continued with the biggest cy weekend yet with almost 50 young people from all over the North East attending. At the end of the weekend two young people from Middlesbrough made professions of faith. One aged 12 had been attending since she was 7, her family are not believers and she is very concerned for her Nana who she lives with. The other girl now also aged 12 has only been attending for a year but we have got to know the family quite well during that that. Her mam says she can’t believe for a number of reasons but is supportive.

In October we were contacted by Bethel Evangelical Church in Hartlepool, three young people had asked to be baptized, this was especially exciting as we had been involved with starting the children’s work in the church they attend. That was four years ago, they made professions within weeks of the club starting. Now they are in years 7 and 9 and are making a stand for their faith at school and at home. Please pray for these five girls, and for those teaching and mentoring them.

Again our “Trick or Truth party” was a big success originally started as an alternative to Halloween become a great opportunity for the gospel as a lot of families off the estate join us (probably because it’s warm and safe) We were also joined by a number of families from churches in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. Many of which have stayed in touch for info about future events.

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Things we are looking forward to and prayer requests for 2017

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017

I am really looking forward to returning to Kilchzimmer after 10 years to do the Instructor of Teachers coarse, this will mean we can run “Teaching Children Effectively courses. Working more closely with Child Evangelism Fellowship. Although I am looking forward to the course I am not looking forward to being away from home for 2 weeks.

We still need to raise money to employ me full time info about how to contribute is at bottom of this letter.

A really big need is Our Charity Status, it is now almost 10 months since we first applied, although we have had correspondence from the charity commission it’s taken a lot longer than expected. Once we have this it will open a lot more opportunities.

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