Vic has published the June Prayer Diary. Here is her latest letter:
Hope you are having a great June so far!
I’ve just been on a conference called Cherish, which was themed around unity. In the welcome brochure it said “We are living in a time where the world feels more divided than ever. We find more and more things to disagree on than agree on. We all have a great opportunity as a church to demonstrate the beauty that is only found in unity.”
I love this verse from Psalm 133:1-3 “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.”
Attached is the June Prayer Diary. There is also a letter inviting you to unite with us as we look at the possibility of partnering with NISCU with our youth work in secondary schools. Please do have a read and let us know your thoughts! We have already had £100 pledged a month before the letter has even been sent out!!!
Thanks again for all your prayer support.
Furness Network Youth Minister
Network Youth Church
An opportunity to provide additional support to the Furness Deanery through the Northern Inter-Schools Christian Union has come with a catch. The Benefactor is asking for a pledge of matching funding for the £5,000 donation by the end of June 2017. Youth worker Charlie Day would be given more hours through the partnership with NISCU providing an efficient and effective way of furthering his work in the community. Charlie, who has previous experience as a secondary schools worker for a Christian schools work charity in the South of England, is a thoughtful, optimistic and passionate Youth Worker.
Take a look at the attached Pledge Letter. We would be grateful if you are able to help.
We’re seeking a leader who can bring vision to a community called to share the good news in one of the most beautiful places in England. We have mountains, sparkling water, lush green fells, and people who visit from all over the world. This is a place where one can and does have a spiritual encounter. Called to share The Way? Respond now to firstname.lastname@example.org
We had a fantastic time last weekend at New Wine Landmark RESOLUTE youth weekend. There were around 20 young people from Ulverston that went. The weekend was all about being AUTHENTIC and it was great seeing God at work in those young peoples lives. One girl from Lancaster, who came to faith, said this on her Instagram message which summed up for me what God was doing “So today I’ve spent all day at #nwlandmark17 and honestly it was amazing! I was literally moved to tears by some of what people had to say and its been the most extraordinary experience – I was in a room full of strangers and yet I felt so loved and included all day and I can’t thank everyone enough for that. The power of Gods love is real people. #iamauthentic #livingauthentically.”
Thanks for all your prayers and support for me over the past month. The operation didn’t quite go to plan so the recovery is a bit longer than I was expecting. My energy and pain levels are up and down. I only did half the weekend and for the past couple of days I have rested. The plan is to go back part time from 15th May and be back full time Please continue to pray for my recovery. I praise God for all those who have kept a lot of the youth work going whilst I’ve been away. I’m constantly reminded that we plant and water seeds but its God that does the growing!!
Thanks again for your prayers
Furness Network Youth Minister
Network Youth Church
Vic had just published the December Youth PrayerDiary
Here is a key to the youth groups Vic and her team support around the Furness Deanery:
Explore – Christian union at Ulverston Victoria High School run by Vic and Saga Christianity Club – Christian union at Dowdales run by Vicki Bunter Kirkby Youth– A group for young people in Kirkby run by a youth committee that employs Libby Cuthbertson. Urswick Youth– A group for young people in Urswick run by Barbara Green, Gra-ham Perry and Steve Hobson. Formed out of a confirmation class. Ignite – A discipleship group for young people run by Sarah and Mark Callaghan. VISION,Energize Y & O & H20 – Four discipleship groups for youth in Ulverston run by Ulverston Parish Church youth team. Big Questions – A philosophy group at UVHS & John Ruskin school where we dis-cuss the big questions of life. Run by Vic, Lisa (at UVHS), Thomas & Saga The Vibe– A discipleship group for young people at Emmanuel Christian Centre run by Lisa Smith. Meeting point, Broughton-A group for young people in Broughton run by Jenny, Saga, Chris and team. NJOY, Coniston-A group for young people in Coniston run by Johann, Vic and team Thwaites Youth – A group for young people in Thwaites run by Vic & team
Thanks for your prayers for September. I’m not sure where the month went… I’ve just come back from a renewal retreat looking at identity and authenticity! Its so important we know who we are IN Christ and also that we are real. I know with young people they automatically see through you if you’re not being real!
Please keep praying for our two new interns. It’s such a privilege to work with them! They are already having such an impact on the work and bringing new ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing how they develop throughout the year and the impact they will have in individuals lives.
Also do pray for Saturday as we have our second ABLAZE NOW event in Penrith (a Cumbria wide youth event) and there’s over 100 young people booked on.
If you could pray for Tommy our previous intern. His dad has an operation soon. Message me if you want to know when.
All is well personally for us. We are settling into our new home. Mart is working hard on his photography and architecture. We are still overwhelmed by Gods faithfulness to us!
Vic has introduced two new interns this month. Here is a summary:
“Hello, my name is Thomas, I’m turning 20 in September. I come from a small town in Norway, and I really looking forward to meeting you guys. I really enjoy playing music, I play piano, guitar and sing, and hopefully I can teach you some of it. I chose to travel to England because I wanted to share what I have gotten, in such as my journey with God, or my experience. And I love to be around new people, to talk with them and help them in anyway possible.”
“Hi, my name is Henriette Marie Saga, but almost everybody just calls me Saga. I’m 21 years old and from a small town south in Norway. I love to have something to do and I really love sports, and my favourite is handball. I also like singing and dancing. I believe that this year will give me new experience and new friends.
I really looking forward to meet you all in England and to be able to spend this year with you all.”