The Parish Magazine July August 2022

Serving the communities of Charvil, Sonning and Sonning Eye since 1869

Serving the communities of Charvil, Sonning and Sonning Eye since 1869


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10 The Parish Magazine - July/August 2022

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).



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. These have included

the themes: Jesus feeding the 5,000 and St Augustine. The

children and teenagers loved playing a 'share or steal' game

at one of the assemblies. Two volunteers each have a share

and steal card. The prize is a large bar of chocolate. They 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. The 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. The

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

The 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.



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:


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