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

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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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Opportunity to give a child a Christmas treat.

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

Many of the Children we work with have never experienced a trip to the cinema. This Christmas we are planning to take a large group for a Christmas treat to Cineworld,

Your £6 pays for one ticket, and a snack box

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Looking to the Lord

Posted on Monday, Oct 15, 2018

"Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. . ." 1 Chronicles 16:11

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. It has been a busy few months and a lot has been going on so here is a long overdue update.

As business has increased the need to set time aside for prayer has increased too. It’s been great to see Supporters from the Teesside area gather together to seek the hand Lord for the work of Tots2teens and other similar childrens and church youth work in the area. Over the summer we particularly prayed for the work of United Beach Missions, Scripture Union and Child Evangelism Fellowships 5-day clubs. It has been great to meet a Christ Church Mission, and see supporters gather together in prayer. These prayer meetings are monthly, see our events for dates.

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FIEC Family Day

Posted on Monday, Oct 15, 2018

It was a great privilege to be invited to run childrens activities for ages 0-15 at the FIEC Northern churches family day in Otley. We were supported by volunteers from churches in Leeds, Teesside and Birmingham. This was our second year working with these churches and was a great encouragement seeing some families returning again this year. This year we were a bit stretched as we covered 4 different age groups, but the team did a great job, We are very willing to teach at church weekends and events please get in touch.

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Park Kidz

Posted on Monday, Oct 15, 2018

At the start of the summer we were panicking, We were behind where we wanted to be in our preparation for Park Kidz, and we did not have enough volunteers, but we have a great God who answers prayer. He answered and his plans were bigger than ours. The dream of Park Kidz has always been to train volunteers from churches then they set up park outreach near their home churches. This year we were joined by passionate and gifted volunteers from 3 churches in the area all keen to start park outreach near their home churches in the next few years.

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Working with an Eritrean Church

Posted on Monday, Oct 15, 2018

Over the last year we have been working with an Eritrean church in central Middlesbrough. It has been a real pleasure to work with kids who love Jesus and want to learn. Several of the teenagers have joined our weekly bible study and are keen volunteers. In this picture the children are praying for the persecuted church, which of course includes the church in Eritrea which is number 4 on the open door at risk list.

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Training New Volunteers

Posted on Monday, Oct 15, 2018

Along with prayer the other thing we are trying to focus on training new volunteers from various churches to reach and teach children effectively. This year so far we have ran two training weeks working towards outreach events. These were attended by new teachers and experienced leaders who see the importance of developing the skills they already have. We seek to follow Jesus example in this Jesus showed the disciples what they were to do as they sought to minister to the Jews at that time. They were to know their audience and the kind of ministry needed. He gave them a message to proclaim and a ministry to fulfil. Their primary focus was to be upon the needs of the people rather than on their own concerns and interests. Workers ought to have a clear understanding of the time, energy, and commitment needed for such important matters as lesson preparation --and should adjust their priorities to accomplish their ministry.

"Jesus had given His followers an awesome task." Matthew 10:11-15

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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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