Engage Spring 2012

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The latest newsletter from Urban Saints, packed full of stories and inspiration from around the network

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<ul><li><p>ENGAGESPRING 2012 / ISSUE 17</p><p>First the good news! Since Urban Saints Hitchin launched in October 2008, 476 young people aged 11 to 17 have attended at one time or another, with an average of 80 young people attending each week at the moment. The evangelist in me absolutely loves this. The more the merrier! The wider the better! Even if a young person comes once we get a chance to share something of the love of Jesus through our words and actions.</p><p>But now the bad news! Since Urban Saints Hitchin launched in October 2008, 476 young people aged 11 to 17 have attended at one time or another, with an average of 80 young people attending each week at the moment. Loads have stopped coming, disciple-making is extremely difficult, and small group attendance is erratic. The discipler in me really finds this a challenge. Less is more! Deeper is better than wider! We dont just want to entertain; we want to see young people experience God.</p><p>It strikes me that Jesus did spend time reaching out to thousands but he spent more time hanging out with just a few. That seems like a good model to me but Im increasingly aware of just how difficult that still is. </p><p>Maybe thats why Jesus spent so much time in prayer - taking time out to regularly get wisdom from the Father for the next step in the journey? Im so aware that I need more wisdom from the Father, dont you? The stakes are so high. My prayer for each of us this year - as we all live with the various tensions, challenges and disappointments of running a group is that we would take more time to pray and receive Gods wisdom for the next stage in the journey of our group. </p><p>God be our vision and wisdom. Fill us with your power and authority. Give us your boldness and a persevering heart. For the sake of this generation we pray Amen?</p><p>Matt SummerfieldChief Executive</p><p>INCLUDED WITHINDEEP OR WIDE?</p><p>www.URBANSAINTS.org/engage</p><p>Are you All Inclusive? - Page 03</p><p>MIMIC changed my life - Page 04</p><p>I wasnt a believer until Shine! - Page 07</p><p> STOP PRESS: WERE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCED THAT WE ARE NOW CONNECTING WITH OVER 1000 CHURCHES AND GROUPS THROUGHOUT THE UK AND BEYOND! PRAISE THE LORD! </p><p>+HOSLQJ\RXQJSHRSOHOLYHOLYHVRIIDLWKKRSHDQGORYH</p></li><li><p>WHAT IS AN URBAN SAINTS GROUP ANYWAY?</p><p>There was a bumper crop of Urban Saints family members included in the 2012 New Years Honours list by Her Majesty The Queen. This included MBEs for John Coatman (for his work with young people in Croydon, including the Wallington Urban Saints group), Dr Avice Hall &amp; Stephen Hammersley (for their work in education, the community and their own local groups, in St Albans and Harpenden respectively). Former Crusaders Director, Dr Alan Kerbey, received an OBE for his work with young people in education and another former staff team member, Colin Henry, was recognised for with a MBE, for services to education in his role as Chair of Governors at Christs College in Guildford.</p><p>Meanwhile, we continue to honour the unsung heroes in the Urban Saints movement with our very own Urban Saints honours, as Mark Instone our North West Regional Director explains: </p><p>Andrew Craven - A look of confusion fell across Andrew Cravens face as around 15 adults from the community invaded his Friday night group meeting in the church hall at Hest Bank, near Lancaster. The young people gathered and Esther OSullivan (from the Urban Saints Support Centre) made the presentation to a now surprised Andrew. Following a short acceptance speech and photograph the evening fun continued on plan with the party food served !!</p><p>Andrew Grahame (AG) - Its not easy to surprise AG, but thanks to a good deal of comprehensive planning from Daphne Hall we managed it. AG has served on over 50 holidays and continues to serve locally in and around Warrington. It was very clear from the gathered friends that AGs ongoing input is really appreciated and a real blessing. Once he had overcome his shock AG relaxed and enjoyed a great time with friends.</p><p>02</p><p>Its a commonly asked question. However, it is not one that is easily answered. In the past, it was hard enough to describe a typical Crusader group but even more so now. I guess if you had to press me, Id say that we serve individuals and groups of Christians who love Christ and love children and young people. People who share our values of riotous fun, adventurous faith, genuine friendship and life in all its fullness</p><p>But what those groups do and what they look like as you will glimpse from some of the stories in this edition of Engage is as varied as the young lives we help them serve. Some are traditional Sunday Schools while others operate in school lunch clubs, drop-ins and out in the community. Some are small close-knit groups while others use Energize across their entire youth and childrens programmes. Whatever they look like, we serve them in their vision to make a difference in their communities.</p><p>And you serve them too. Whether you give your time to help run one of these vital ministries or give financially or commit to pray, you all play your part and we are eternally grateful for your support!</p><p>Paul WindoENGAGE Editor</p><p>Our Dream: To release a movement of radical young people, committed to taking the good news of Jesus Christ to every generation.</p><p>Our Passion: To help young people live lives of faith, hope and love through Jesus Christ.</p><p>URBAN SAINTS Support CentreKestin House45 Crescent RoadLutonBedsLU2 0AH</p><p>Tel: 01582 589850Fax: 01582 721702Email: email@urbansaints.org</p><p>For the latest news and resources visit: www.URBANSAINTS.org</p><p>To connect with old friends go to: www.crusadersreunited.org.uk </p><p> Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/urbansaints</p><p> Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/urbansaints</p><p>URBAN SAINTS is the operating name of The Crusaders Union, a company limited by guarantee and registered in England &amp; Wales, company number 07771037, charity number 1144923. Registration with OSCR is pending.</p><p>Read the extended versions of these stories online at the Engage website. Scan this barcode with your smartphone to jump straight to it</p><p>EXCUSE ME YOUR HONOUR!</p></li><li><p>03</p><p>ENGA</p><p>GE - </p><p>SPRI</p><p>NG 2</p><p>012</p><p>Our vision for Capernaum Club, started just over two years ago, is to enable the church to reach the disabled community and share the gospel with them and their families. We help local churches set up weekly clubs filled with food, fun, and friendship, and we help recruit more typical teens from the local schools to act as buddies to their disabled peers.</p><p>We start with pizza and squash and a chance to chat. Then we throw in some exuberant fun, tailored to our members, including games, activities and dancing before ending with a short Bible-based talk. Once a month we go out for an activity such as bowling or a meal together. Last summer we took a crowd of 35 to camp at Lee Abbey and we regularly have 40+ each week.</p><p>Some members attend with their carers and family and together, we explore moral and spiritual issues while hanging out, finding friendship and developing leadership skills. Some buddies use this volunteering experience as part of their Duke of Edinburgh or school service award, and several of our older buddies have gone on into the care industry most have never been to church in their lives.</p><p>Andrew JackmanCapernaum Club, Trowbridge</p><p>A VISION OF THE GOSPEL FOR ALL</p><p>ALL INCLUSIVE? WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDSMost childrens and youth workers want to include kids of all abilities and needs in what they do, but many struggle to make this a reality.</p><p>In this 90-minute session we will:</p><p> Explore some of the statistics and explode some of the myths surrounding working with kids with special needs. Look at some of the key strategies that you can use to make what you offer more inclusive. Identify some of the amazing benefits that inclusion can bring to your whole group. Well also highlight some further resources that you can use as you work though this with your teams.</p><p>Presented by Mark Arnold, Chief Operating Officer at Urban Saints, who has over 20 years of youth work experience and is the father of a boy with Autism (James, pictured right).</p><p>All Inclusive? is looking for host churches Thursday evenings during term-times so if you would like this course to come to your church in 2012, please contact Mark on 01582 589850 or marnold@urbansaints.org</p></li><li><p>04</p><p>ENGA</p><p>GE - </p><p>SPRI</p><p>NG 2</p><p>012</p><p>MIMIC IS GOOD. I JUST ENJOY DOING THE CHALLENGES BECAUSE THEY HELP IN EVERYDAY LIFE. OLIVER</p><p>MIMIC launched during 2011 and were starting to see groups connecting with this key tool for encouraging mentoring relationships with their children and young people. To get an insight into why this resource can make a difference in your group, we asked three youth workers and MIMIC contributors (as well as a couple of young people too!!) why they are excited about being involved with MIMIC </p><p>We have been involved with MIMIC right from the early stages. Our 7-10s and 11-14s were both pilot groups. I am really excited about it because having mentored some of my group it has been such a privilege to see them develop, grow and understand what it means to live lives based on Jesus. One story which still touches my heart was where one lad (aged 10) shared the story of how he had completed the challenge of what it meant to show compassion; His mum had a really difficult day at work and so he decided to sit with her and comfort her. He then also went on to share how he had stood up for his faith during a conversation at school (not an easy thing to do), after being challenged about trying to put into practice the trademark of commitment...</p><p>Deb GoodheadGroby</p><p>MIMIC is a great online resource for young people. It helps to enhance communication and your groups discipleship programme. Round-the-clock accessibility to MIMIC website helps young people to learn biblical principles and grow in their relationship with God. It helps to focus discussions between young people and their discipler. It also enables young people to spend their time and energy on learning more about God and doing life transforming activities.</p><p>Yemi DaramolaCroydon Grace</p><p>We jumped at the chance to get involved in MIMIC - its such a radical new tool for discipleship. Its amazing to be able to think on issues that are going on around you, dig into what the Bible says and then to be able to watch a video message to hear the presenters understanding of that same issue. In Golddigger Trust we are all about supporting and investing into girls. We love chatting about issues that effect us girls and sharing our stories and experiences - so presenting the girls video stream on MIMIC (in the My Rucksack section of the site) has been the perfect opportunity to do more of that.</p><p>Mandy ToombsGoldDigger Trust</p><p>For more information on MIMIC, visit www.urbansaints.org/mimic!</p><p>MIMIC HAS CHANGED MY LIFE. I FIND IM MORE SOCIABLE WITH OTHER PEOPLE AND NOT ONLY IS IT FUN AND CHALLENGING BUT IT ENCOURAGES ME TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS. RUTH</p></li><li><p>www.URBANSAINTS.org/engage</p><p>ENGAGESPRING 2012 / ISSUE 17</p><p>Eastwood Baptist Crusaders</p><p>In 1973 the youth group at Eastwood Baptist Church had fallen on hard times 5 people and things were not looking good. God knew otherwise he sent two people to Eastwood Mike Graves and Eve Schooling who were local Crusader leaders.</p><p>After not too much persuasion Rob Land, Steve Pearman and I set off to Saffory Close to become leaders at the Eastwood Boys class. It was a two-way street we were leading in Crusaders and many of the older youngsters were coming to Eastwood. Under the strong teaching of Eve and Mike many came to know Jesus as their Saviour. Many of the churches in the Southend-on-Sea area now have deacons, elders and leaders who were grounded first in Crusaders.</p><p>Ask me for my memories of Crusaders and my mind races over the 12 years I was actively involved and still now as an Associate Member My abiding memory of Crusaders is the simplicity of its mission Church for the unchurched how many people have grown to know that Christians can enjoy themselves and yet by their example lead others to know Jesus?</p><p>Mike Jeffrey</p><p>If this has inspired you or brought back happy memories and youd like to read more, you need to get our new book Celebrating the 100. This is a 192 page book, covering the history of our first 100 years through inspiring testimonies from Crusaders from all walks of life including Sir Cliff Richard and Stephen Timms MP. Copies are available from the Support Centre at 7 plus 1.00 p&amp;p per book.</p><p>CELEBRATING THE 100</p><p>+HOSLQJ\RXQJSHRSOHOLYHOLYHVRIIDLWKKRSHDQGORYH</p></li><li><p>ENGA</p><p>GE - </p><p>SPRI</p><p>NG 2</p><p>012</p><p>UPCOMING EVENTS</p><p>PORN SCARSOne-day conference, in partnership with Romance Academy and Freedom Church, addressing the effect of pornography on young people and how the Church can tackle this problem and respond positively.</p><p>Date: 23rd March 2012Venue: Freedom Centre, HerefordCost: 35 per person, including lunch &amp; resourcesFor more information: www.urbansaints.org/pornscars</p><p>REDEFINE NATIONAL CONFERENCEA gathering for anyone involved in networking youth and childrens work across a town or region or who would love to see churches working together to celebrate, train and impact your community</p><p>Date: 23rd 24th MarchVenue: All Nations Centre, LeicesterCost: 15 per personFor more information: www.urbansaints.org/redefine</p><p>YOUTHWORK SUMMITA new kind of youthwork event over 20 speakers throughout the day; with the opportunity to discuss and interact with other delegates This is an event where ideas and stories change your world!</p><p>Date: 19th MayVenue: Jesus House, North LondonCost: 30 per personFor more information: www.youthworksummit.com</p><p>EQUIPPING GLOBAL TRAINERS CONFERENCE</p><p>Do you feel God calling you to work overseas, particularly in youth and childrens work? Would you like to help the overseas church in reaching out to young people with the Good News of Jesus? Would you like to become available for Urban Saints to send you into places requesting delivery of our training? If so, please join us</p><p>Date: 7th 11th May Venue: Westbrook Centre, Ryde, Isle of WightCost: 155 per personFor more information: www.urbansaints.org/global</p><p>PLUS Could you be a trainer of youth and childrens workers overseas?! If so, we really need you!!</p></li><li><p>ENGA</p><p>GE - </p><p>SPRI</p><p>NG 2</p><p>012</p><p>ENGAGE RESPONSE FORMUrban Saints complies with the Data Protection Act 1998. All data given will be held and used in accordance with this Act.</p><p>Please send me more information about</p><p>Please Complete</p><p>Events</p><p>Act</p><p>Pray</p><p>Give</p><p>Title First Name</p><p>Post Code</p><p>Surname</p><p>Address</p><p>Email</p><p>Phone</p><p>Porn Scars </p><p>ReDefine National Conference</p><p>Global Trainers Equipping Conference</p><p>Hosting the All Inclusive? tour</p><p>I would like more information about volunteering opportunities with Urban Saints</p><p>I would like to find out about the Energize website</p><p>I would like to find out about the MIMIC website</p><p>I would like to know more about being a Global Volunteer</p><p>Please complete this form and return to Urban Saints Support Centre, Kestin House, 45 Crescent Road, Luton, LU2 0AH</p><p>I would like to becom...</p></li></ul>