10 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2022</strong> the parish noticeboard — 31 St Andrew's Youth STAY in May Half Term In the week leading up to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee we were able to organise a few super fun activities for the local youth. On Monday 30 May we went Go-Karting, on Tuesday 31 May we played a STAY versus SYNC youth club rematch in football and on the Wednesday organised a drop-in sports session in Charvil. To finish the week, a few members of STAY youth club (Amelia, Sophia, Abbey, Phoebe, Josh, Martha & Annabelle) helped prepare our Simpson’s of Sonning scarecrow for the amazing Sonning Scarecrow Festival (see pages 20-21). STAY on Friday Numbers at STAY on Friday have continued to reach a high of 62 youth each week and the format of open games, sports, jump rope, four square volleyball, badminton, hama beads, Xbox, pool, table tennis, cup pong, cup stacking, baking yummy treats and the final thought, continued throughout May. A particular highlight was losing a game to a young person and the forfeit was to sing a nursery rhyme! Here’s me singing ‘I’m a little teapot’. STAY in Schools Our successful weekly schools work continues with mentoring and assemblies at both senior schools, plus assemblies at the two primary schools. <strong>The</strong>se have included the themes: Jesus feeding the 5,000 and St <strong>August</strong>ine. <strong>The</strong> children and teenagers loved playing a 'share or steal' game at one of the assemblies. Two volunteers each have a share and steal card. <strong>The</strong> prize is a large bar of chocolate. <strong>The</strong>y take it in turns to convince the other that they’ll play their share card because if they do then they both share the prize. But, if one person plays their steal card and the other shares, then the stealer gets the whole thing. <strong>The</strong> twist is that if both steal then neither win anything. Out of all six assemblies only one student played their steal card! All the others shared. <strong>The</strong> point being that Jesus’ heart is that we share what we have, however little, like the boy in the story in Matthew 14. STAY Detached Project <strong>The</strong> weekly detached project is a joy to my week. With Mark and Ethan we have weekly conversations with young people about exams, summer plans and how they’re coping with life, and we’ve had parents popping along to chat as well. We have given out lemonade and played games such as keepy uppies, ping pong and top trumps. STAY on Sunday Our group on a Sunday has again seen a consistent number of about 12 young people each time. We continued looking at relationships and how we, as Christians, behave in relationships. In May we looked at our relationship with humour and how we use humour in our lives. We ended half term with a games session which the youth loved, especially water balloon throwing and a marshmallow stick building game! Schools work in and around Reading: A bunch of youth and schools workers, and chaplains, have been meeting about our hope for the schools in Reading and beyond. We’ve been mapping out the current provision, noticing gaps and praying for God's help to fill them. It’s always encouraging to meet with like minded people to chat, reflect and pray . . . and if you have ideas or concerns related to youth work and would like a chat, contact me, Westy, on: firstname.lastname@example.org
the parish noticeboard — 2 Christian Basics — Part 6 What does the Holy Spirit do? By Rev Paul Hardingham Saying thank you to our Queen with gusto <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 11 Claude's view from the pew By Claude Masters Tengiz Gogaberishvili, dreamstime.com Having celebrated Pentecost at the beginning of June, it is appropriate to ask now: what is the Holy Spirit doing in our lives? Everybody who has committed their life to Christ possesses the Holy Spirit, ‘if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.’ (Romans 8:9). It is the Spirit who brings us new birth into the family of God. ASSURANCE <strong>The</strong> Spirit assures us of God’s love and acceptance, despite our fears, doubts or failures. As adopted children we can address God as our father: 'God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, Abba, Father.' (Galatians 4:6). By using the same word used by Jesus, we can grow in intimacy with our Father and pray to him, especially when we struggle to find the right words. COMMITMENT <strong>The</strong> Holy Spirit is committed to producing a family likeness in those who follow Christ. This Jesus likeness enables us to live as Jesus would in our place, ie: work, family, time, interests and so on. Paul describes this as the fruit of the Spirit: ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’ (Galatians 5:22,23). He talks about fruit not fruits! We can’t pick and choose, as they come as a total package to be developed over a lifetime! MOTIVATION <strong>The</strong> Spirit is committed to producing new desires for God: reading the Bible and praying, forgiving others, meeting with other Christians and sharing our faith. He will also give us the motivation to overcome wrong habits, attitudes or lifestyle in our lives. 'Let the church return to Pentecost, and Pentecost will return to her. <strong>The</strong> Spirit of God cannot take possession of believers beyond their capacity of receiving him’ (Andrew Murray) 'Where are the other nine?' asked Jesus when only one out of 10 people who had suffered from leprosy thanked him for curing them all. Thankfulness was the subject of the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey of Clifton’s sermon at the service in honour of Her Majesty the Queen in St Andrew’s Church on Sunday 5 June. After offering the Queen his congratulations on her Platinum Jubilee and thanking her for her many years of devoted service to this country, and the Commonwealth, he went on to wonder how often we don’t express our gratitude to those we ought, particularly our nearest and dearest. Nearly 300 worshippers packed into the church to take part in a memorable and emotional service. <strong>The</strong> augmented choir, conducted by our director of music Hannah Towndrow and accompanied by Peter Wright on the organ, produced some stunning music which nearly took the roof off the church. This included an excellent rendering of the Handel anthem ‘Zadok the Priest’. <strong>The</strong> congregation also heartily joined in the well known traditional hymns. RATIONS After the service the clergy, choir and congregation went into <strong>The</strong> Ark garden passing through a Guard of Honour formed by the uniformed organisations. <strong>The</strong>re the Archbishop and the Rt Hon <strong>The</strong>resa May MP unveiled ‘Bertie’ the new mobility buggy. <strong>The</strong> rain held off and every one enjoyed a glass of bubbly and a slice of celebratory cake. GUSTO <strong>The</strong> Platinum Jubilee was certainly celebrated with gusto at St Andrew’s and many congratulations and thanks are due to Rev Jamie and all those who were involved in organising such an enjoyable and never to be forgotten day. Jesus, by the way, asked where the other nine were but never condemned them or retracted his healing. Such is his love for us.