Between 2013-2014, we fundraised, individually and as a team, reaching our target of £27,000 just weeks before we flew out to South Africa.
On Friday 11th July 2014 our adventure began. 18 of us from Burniston all left Scarborough early and travelled by train to London. On reaching Kings Cross we boarded the underground for Heathrow, terminal 5.
There we met up with the other groups Urban Saints leaders going on the rebuild project. In total we were 82 in strength.
After an overnight flight we arrived in Johannesburg on Saturday morning into the bright African sunshine. Continue reading
After many car washes, quizzes, cake stalls, sponsored events and magical nights, they are on their way. Thank you so much for everyone’s support. Can we now ask for your prayers for them over the next 11 days as they embark on this adventure and amazing opportunity.
YES we are almost on our way, less than a month to go and all the fundraising behind us (although the car washes may well continue!)
18 of us are due to leave York station on the 10am train for Kings Cross on 11th July and we’ll return on the 12pm train from Kings Cross on the 21st July.
In between we will have joined with 60 other young people connected with Urban Saints from England to build 2 houses for 2 families in the Botleng township near Johannesburg in South Africa. We will also be helping to run a children’s holiday club in the afternoons we are there – apparently numbers start at about 30 and by the end of our time there (which is when we are due to take the session) numbers usually go up to 300+.
We will be staying in a secure compound, in wooden huts with dormitories and even proper loos and a shower. Food is provided for us by locals who work for Amor Ministries (the parent charity who organises the trip and building work)
To let us in gently we are taken on the first day to a Wildlife LIon reserve and then from there to the compound. On Sunday we will be worshipping at one of the local churches and work starts in earnest on the Monday. Just before we return, one house build later, we meet youngsters and carers at one of the HIV/Aids orphanages in the area and hope to be able to provide them with some gifts that we are able to bring through your generosity with the left over money we have.
As you can see from the enclosed little pieces from those going on the trip we can’t wait and we would really value your prayers for each stage of the journey, for health, safety,closer and greater knowledge and awareness of God in each of our lives and in all we do, as well as loads of good humour and fun.
Thanks very much.
Mary (on behalf of us all)
EASTER PRAISE SERVICE
On Sunday, April 20th, the Sunday @8 team have been invited by all the Anglican churches from the north Scarborough group to lead a joint evening Easter Praise celebration at Burniston. The speaker will be Rev. Alistair Fearnley from St Lawrence’s church. It will start at the usual time of 8pm, with music commencing from 7.45pm. All are very welcome at this special Easter Day service.
After many years of great use, the church piano is broken beyond realistic repair.
We are currently using one which unfortunately is also faulty
To help in the purchase of a new one, any donations would be very gratefully received.
If, after donations, additional fund-raising is necessary, it will take place after the South Africa rebuild trip.
Not sure what to get your mum for Mother’s Day (or actually just fancy a nice meal out with entertainment) then book a place at the POSH MARCH MEAL
on Saturday 29th March @6.45pm
3 course meal for £10 per head. You know you’ll enjoy it -not least because you won’t have
to do the washing up!
Our Churches supporting the Rainbow Centre would like to offer breakfast to some of their clients on Saturday mornings, 8-9.30am. This will be somewhere in the town centre (yet to be decided)
To do this we need people and help and ideas….
Please come along to a (one off) meeting on February 27th 7pm at Westborough. Tea, coffee and sticky buns will be served.
or if you can’t make that but want to be involved in some way then speak to Mark Haynes or Lesley Usher
After unprecedented requests for food parcels – the Rainbow sheds are bare!! Would it be possible for your church to have a Rainbow food donation box? The idea is that when doing your normal shopping trip you buy 1 or 2 extra items for the box. These are often items on special offer. If there is someone within your church who would be happy to coordinate this and contact me, I could arrange delivery/collections and answer any other questions you may have. The Rainbow Centre is always grateful for your continued support in these difficult times! Many thanks.
Lesley Usher. firstname.lastname@example.org
An Invitation to a Circuit gathering to meet with Rosie Coles,
the newly appointed probationary minister to the North Yorkshire Coast Methodist Circuit, as from September 2014.
The gathering is at Queen St Methodist Church on Saturday 29th March from 2 until 4 pm
– and feel free to stay later for informal mingling.
Tea and cake provided. All welcome.