Giving up 3 days of their Easter holidays, and supported by a grant from the circuit, young people from Haxby and Wigginton and from Acomb, took part in an experiment of putting their faith into action in New Earswick in Holy Week. The group is called 'Adverse Camber' and they've been meeting weekly since September to work out their faith together.
We spent the first day cleaning and gardening, supported by some hard-working and knowledgeable adults. In their feedback, the young people said that they were surprised to find that they enjoyed this day and that they especially liked the chance to meet members of New Earswick Methodist church who welcomed us so warmly and kept us well-supplied with drinks and biscuits!
For the Tuesday and Wednesday, we partnered with the Charity, Kids' Klub and were grateful recipients of their experience and wisdom. We set aside one day to plan and prepare with them and pray for New Earswick. We went on a 'prayer walk' and took photos of things that inspired us to pray. When we got back to the church, these photos were projected as prompts to prayer and we took it turns to pray about the things that we had noticed.
It was just as well that the Kids' Klub team were organized as 75 primary school aged children turned up on the Wednesday to take part in an Easter-themed holiday club. Adverse Camber enjoyed serving as young leaders and it was impressive to see them showing initiative and fully taking part. After we finished tidying up at the end of the day we celebrated with fish and chips from across the road, amazed at God's grace and our part in it.
We've had some opportunity to reflect on our experiences and it is clear that we have all be affected by our 3 days, with people mentioning how much they enjoyed working together and feeling like they were able to do something that was really helpful. We haven't been unaffected by meeting people at New Earswick Methodist church, either, and have a real fondness especially for Joan and Elizabeth!
If there are any 12 to 15 year olds in the circuit that might like to join with us for future adventures, we'd love to hear from you.
This passage inspired us:
"I kneel in prayer to the Father. All beings in heaven and on earth receive their life from him. God is wonderful and glorious. I pray that his Spirit will make you become strong followers and that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. Stand firm and be deeply rooted in his love. I pray that you and all of God's people will understand what is called wide or long or high or deep. I want you to know all about Christ's love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is." (Ephesians 3:14-19)