Justice & Peace Group
Youth J&P Group
J&P YOUTH GROUP - Autumn 2016
Since we started back after the summer break, it has been non-stop fun andwork for the Justice and Peace Group. It was really exciting to see each other again, and welcome new members. We are now up to nearly fifty, not including our twenty adult helpers!
Firstly, we raised £400 for Zimbabwe by selling all the lovely items that were donated from both parishes. Thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to make our table sale a success.
Next we had an interesting talk about Operation Christmas Child from Ian Taylor who showed us his photos from his trip to Syria where he had delivered some of the boxes himself. We launched an appeal and managed to make 49 Christmas boxes for girls and boys, from the very young to teenagers.
We joined in the fun with the International Social, our young people entertained the children and were amply rewarded with delicious international food and mouth watering cakes!
Brother Charles came to talk to us about the importance of prayer and we made a prayer tree from which we hung our prayers on little luggage labels. We have placed this by the votive candles in church and invite you to add your prayers to
Next, Colette Byrne from CAFOD came in to talk to us about the work they do and she led us through a meditative pilgrimage around St Mary’s Hall. It was our pilgrimage in the very last week of the Year of Mercy, to fulfil Pope Francis’s wish that during this special year Catholics should try to make a pilgrimage. We wrote Christmas cards to Christians in Palestine and messages of hope for refugees. Then we ate delicious sausages and Pudsey cakes! We took four beautiful crocheted blankets that our Nanas had knitted to the Whitechapel organisation . These will be taken directly to the Belvedere Trust home to be given to mums with children to bring them comfort and warmth over the winter months. What better way to give a hug to those in need?
Sunday 20th November was Youth Sunday and our young people did readings, wrote the bidding prayers and performed a beautiful version of ‘God So Loved the World’ in sign language. It was very moving and prayerful.
We are really looking forward to our Christmas party – ten-pin bowling at Hollywood Bowl, a great way to celebrate the work done this year and get in the Christmas mood!
We can’t thank you enough for all your support. It means our young people have the power to make a difference through loving our brothers and sisters who need it most. Please continue to enable these wonderful young people to live Gospel values, whether that be through donations or prayers.
WISHING YOU ALL MERRY CHRISTMAS!
The J&P Youth Group
WE MEET 1ST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH AT BISHOP ETON 3RD FRIDAY OF THE MONTH AT ST MARY’S
A Slideshow of the photos for this autumn is displayed below.
Justice and Peace Youth Group – Body, Mind, Soul
We’ve had an amazing time over the last two months!
At least thirty of us went to see ‘The Jungle Book’, including parents and siblings, at the Woolton cinema, and we enjoyed the outing so much that we have arranged a trip to see ‘Sister Act’ in the Empire – 83 of us are going!
Mary Hind-Portley, Deputy Director of City of Readers came in to lead a discussion about why reading is good for well-being and we shared some of our favourite books, and talked about one of the greatest storytellers ever – Jesus!
All of us want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated books for our NHS/ OXFAM book donation. We took a huge box of books to the amazing Children’s NHS Walk-In centre on Smithdown Road – many of you will be familiar with sitting in that waiting room! We took HUNDREDS of books to OXFAM and they were gratefully received. They should raise a lot of money for this worthy cause.
We are on the lookout for outsized books for MRANG to read to their children, if you know where to get any please get in touch. They sent an email to say thanks for the beautiful refugee children’s welcome packs:
I just wanted to send an email to say a huge thank you for the bags yesterday, they went down really well, the children were so happy to receive them!! I will send you a proper thank you letter next week, but just wanted to let you know how appreciated they were today. I will send across the details of the Refugee Welcomes party as well. Kind regards, Ellen Kiely
The Women’s Group helped with our Knit and Nattter on one of their afternoons, and a few came to our meeting in the half term, when they were served tea and cakes! Our knitting continues to grow.
In June, we had a yoga lesson from Dennis Murphy and then enjoyed the sunshine and fresh air as we played volleyball, football and hoopla on the lawn at St Mary’s
I am going in to the local junior schools in the coming weeks to talk about our group and invite years 5 and 6 to join in October. If you know someone who would be interested to join (ages 10 plus, or Youth Leaders 15-18, or adult helpers) then please get in touch – the Welcome Session is going to be Friday 7th October in Fisher More Hall. The more the merrier!
We can’t thank you enough for your continued prayers and support.
Wishing you many blessings over the summer,
The J&P Youth Group
Youth Group: - Doing Little Things with Great Love
This month, the J&P Youth Group was somewhat diminished with the PGL school trip and BEAP – Beauty and the Beast, but we still had fun and took part in great activities. On April 1st we presented Dave Flynn with a cheque for fifty pounds for the Red Cross to say thank you for giving up his time to come and see us last month.
We started our new tuck shop, and Father Tim took the opportunity to share his Ping Pong skills! We ended the evening with a reflection about refugees and a candle prayer.
Justice and Peace Youth Group – playing hard, working hard!
This month, we were lucky to have Dave Flynn from the British Red Cross who came to talk to us about the work that they do and show our young people how to resuscitate an unconscious person. Dave even let some of us have a go at trying to bring ‘Annie’ back to life! Everyone got to look around the ambulance to see the equipment. Maybe some of our young ones may one day join the paramedics and doctors in looking after people when they really need it.
To say ‘thank you’ to Dave for giving us his time, we are planning to present him with a cheque for £50 raised by our group. We want to say a huge THANK YOU! To everyone who donated items to our table sale and also everyone who bought from us. We managed to raise £266 in all, which will be going to great use in Zimbabwe.
Justice and Peace Youth Group – The journey begins!
What a time of grace and blessings it has been!
At first, I wasn’t altogether sure what would come out of the plans that Frances Sibert, Sharon Pearson and myself had made when we dared to dream over endless coffee and pieces of paper about a youth group for the parishes of Our Lady’s, Bishop Eton and St Mary’s.
But already, we have six young leaders, twenty-five adults and twenty young people! And that is only in the first month of meeting together!
Our first meeting in Fisher More Hall was a getting-to-know-you session and registration which included ping pong and snooker, ice-breaker games (enjoyed a little bit too much by the adults as you can see in the photo!) and pizza, with a powerpoint presentation about what ‘Justice and Peace’ means.
At our second meeting, in St Mary’s hall, we were really lucky to have Bill Chambers talking about the amazing work at Asylum Link. The young people brought lots of goods to sell at the table sale to raise money for Zimbabwe and also wrote invitations for the parish to help them to make welcome packs for refugee children.
Hopefully things will go from strength to strength and with the prayers and support of everyone in the parishes, we can empower our young people to live Gospel values, build relationships and feel as though they can make a difference in the world.
Thanks you so much to everyone who has contacted us, donated, given us a word of support and shown interest. Please continue to support our young people in any way that you can, especially in your prayers.
Thanks to Kris Reed, Gill Bickerstaff and Ann O’Neill for their constant support.
A huge thank you to John Sharples who sponsored one of our young leaders to attend a four day conference HOBY International Youth Leadership Development Conference and to Bill Chambers for his time to help us understand the work of Asylum Link.
A big hello to Fran over in Zimbabwe, you are with us in spirit!
A slideshow of photos from the meetings so far
J&P Youth Group will be at the back of church to collect any nearly new items/unwanted presents, etc for the Zimbabwe table sale as requested last week
They will also be handing out leaflets about their next project— Welcome packs for child refugees, and would appreciate any donations (see leaflets they give out) which will be collected NEXT Sunday.