The Parish Magazine October 2021


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What a scorching summer 2021 was!

Said no one ever! But despite the clouds

and occasional rain we managed to still

have fun and games during the young

people’s summer holidays. Mind you,

you know you’re getting old when you

hear yourself say, 'the rain is good for

the garden', or 'a little bit of rain didn’t

hurt anyone' or even 'don’t worry, your

skin is waterproof'.

Summer continued …

Throughout August we continued to

have lots of fun with the STAY summer

holiday activities! We did more paddle

boarding, some Footgolf, canoeing,

made our own escape room and went

to see Free Guy at the cinema. See the

pictures on Instagram @stayonfriday

Favourite photo of the hour:

Claude playing my daughter,

Phoebe, at air hockey after church.

. Oh, how to bring the generations

together. He won too!

STAY in Schools and our new

chaplaincy addition at Piggott

As September loomed we prepared for

the return to school. The assemblies

were booked, the mentoring sessions

scheduled and we have a new addition

to the the Piggott chaplaincy team,

Eleanor Pavey who said,

'I am in my final year of

an applied theology

youth and community

work degree. For part of

this we learn through

placements, and I

am privileged to

work alongside

the Piggott chaplaincy team and teachers

for one day a week. I am looking forward

to getting to know some incredible young

people and knowledgeable teachers!'

Charvil Village Party

What an amazing day it was to spend

at the Charvil Village Party on Sunday

5 September. I popped along with my

daughter and we got to do some really

fun things, including, eat ice cream,

pet animals, eat fruit pots, listen to

music, play football, eat more yummy

food, have our say about the village

development plans, buy raffle tickets,

lose at said raffle and bounce on the

trampolines! The organisation was

excellent and so well attended. I even

spoke to a few young people, checked

how they’re doing and let them know

about our youth club!

More summer fun on the Thames with paddle boarding and canoeing

Diary dates

STAY on Sunday is back on the 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday’s of each month during the 10.30am service

at St Andrew’s Church. All young people are welcome, regardless of faith stage or world view. We

meet to play games, eat donuts, think about life and encourage each other to be more Christ like

every day.

STAY on Friday in The Ark, 6.45pm-8.15pm every Friday in term time for teenagers in school years

7-13. We play sports, have fun and enjoy one another’s company. Activities include: football, kubb,

frisbee, swingball, pool, table tennis, foosball, nail and hair styling bar, tuck shop, cards/board

games, donut wall, dodgeball, firepits (winter) and cooking yummy treats for everyone. Don’t forget

we welcome the new year 6’s to STAY on Friday on every fourth Friday of the month. This term

those dates are: 24 September, 22 October and 26 November.

STAY in Schools work also returned in September with: mentoring, monthly assemblies, the

advocacy group and various clubs, across all the four local schools: Charvil Piggott Primary,

Sonning Primary, The Piggott and Reading Blue Coat.

STAY Detached Project is after school on Wednesdays in Emmer Green and after school on

Thursdays in Charvil. This is simply where we go out as youth workers into the local area to meet

young people where they are at. We do this through playing games, giving away prizes, chatting to

them about their issues and engaging as many as we can in positive conversations.

October Half Term Activities: Monday 22 - Thursday 28 October. Watch out for more fun activities

like those in the summer. If you have an idea, email me:

Christmas School Holidays For most local schools the Christmas holidays are from Friday 17

December to Tuesday 4 January. We hope to have some seasonal treats for the young people. As

always, ideas are welcome!

Don’t forget, I love a chat so any questions, ideas or just for a chat email me, Cheers, Westy!

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