Faith Mission Camp
Thank God for another fantastic year at camp. I (Raphael) have had the privilege to serve on two weeks of camp, the 9-11s and the 12-14s. The 9-11s camp hosted our own Shamar, Brandon, Mckenzie, Benjamin, Alisha and Keziah. It was a great week of Olympics inspired talks all centred around being on a team with Jesus. It was a week that saw conversions and seeds being sown.
Likewise week 2 was also an amazing week focusing on the character of God. It was great to see Christian and non-Christian youth alike encounter God and learn more about Him. The conversations and discussions were both challenging and encouraging.
All in all a fantastic 2 weeks! I hope the members of Carley will join me in praying for Gods provision for these kids spiritually and over the next year God would keep them safe and put them in situations where they can both encounter Him and also share in fellowship with those who know Him in churches and youth groups etc. Pray that they'd know that the God they encountered at camp isn't only at camp, but everywhere and they can turn to Him anytime and know His love. Amen
St Matthews Parks Day
This year’s Parks Day on Bushy Park will take place on Friday 24th August, 3-7pm (later in the summer from previous years because of Ramadan). Please pray for this opportunity that we have as a church to be out in the community and providing a free activity for the children. We will be doing badge-making again, as this has proved very successful in previous years. We also hope to speak to parents about Jets, if conversation leads towards this, so please pray that we will meet many parents who will be interested in sending their children. Pray also for general good conversations and witness. If you are interested in helping on the day please see Grace Mistry.
‘Family Camp’ Stathern Lodge, 24th - 27th AugustMyself (Grace), Damyanti, Mohan and Annette will be attending the yearly Family Camp at Stathern Lodge during the August Bank Holiday weekend. This years theme for camp is ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life’ (John 14:6). Please pray that many people will come to camp, particular those of another faith background, to hear and come to believe the truth of this statement. Please pray for all the preparations, especially as I plan and lead the youth sessions, worship and sports/games; and Mohan too for the adult teaching sessions
‘FOSSIL’ – Friends of Overseas Students in Leicester
International students are encouraged by their academic departments to learn more about British culture, traditions and family life and to improve their confidence in speaking English in social situations. However many international students leave the UK without ever having visited a British home.
FOSSIL is a Leicester based Christian organisation that matches International Students with hosts. Over the last 10 years FOSSIL has arranged meals for hundreds of international students and many of these have gone on to form lasting friendships with their host families – continuing even after the students have returned home. The hosts are members of local churches, but international students of all faiths and none, are equally welcome.
There is however currently a shortage of host families and many students are missing out on the opportunity to visit a British home. If you are interested in becoming a host, please see Grace Mistry for further information.
Queniborough School Wins National Church School Awards!
On Thursday 28th June, a small group representing our school (including the vicar) travelled to London to receive the Midlands and East Anglia Primary Church Schools Award.
The Church School Awards celebrate the best examples of local community work and global citizenship in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Judges said that pupils, staff and parents from the national and regional winners all impressed the judges with their passion for community issues, like the environment, Fairtrade and local fundraising, as well as their active involvement in worldwide initiatives, encouraging respect for different cultures and a sense of justice. Nicola Sylvester, Head of School Effectiveness & Deputy General Secretary at the National Society said: “The Church School Awards are a unique way of recognising the work that Church schools can demonstrate their distinctiveness and effectiveness as Christian organisations.
The awards are an opportunity to illustrate how well through their distinctive Christian character and values, Church schools ensure the development and achievement of the whole child or young person and meet the needs of all learners. Furthermore, it documents the impact of Church school provision not just on the school community, but the wider community in which the schools reside.”
We arrived at Methodist Church House on Baker Street and were ushered to a room along with about 15 other schools. The group consisted of primary and secondary representatives from Church of England, Catholic and Methodist schools. The ceremony was hosted by Kirsten O’ Brien, a BBC children’s presenter. Each regional primary and secondary winner was invited onto the stage to receive a certificate in recognition of their achievements. A short media presentation prepared by each school should have been shown as each award was presented but unfortunately a technical hitch meant they all had to be shown at the end. Our film is now available to view on the Church School Awards website. (http://www.churchschoolawards.com/winners/midlands-primary/)
The work portrayed by each school was both impressive and varied. Imagine our surprise when Queniborough CE Primary School was announced as the overall Primary winner!
Our vicar summed up our school in a quote for the Diocese of Leicester, "Queniborough School is a great community, a praying and caring community, very much involved in the world beyond the school gates. It's not just big hearted – it’s warm hearted too! When there's a disaster somewhere round the world, it's not the teachers who organise the fundraising - it's the children."
Whilst this award was given to the school it should really be for the whole community of Queniborough! Over the past few years the village and church community have supported the school and worked alongside us in so many ways.. We don’t do any of this to gain recognition; it is something that is already embedded in the school and village of Queniborough.
As you may know some of our church children attend Queniborough School. Please pray for them and myself as we seek to witness in the school. The church in the village has employed a children’s worker through the Grace Project. Angie Kennedy is a lovely Christian lady who has a real ‘heart’ for the school. Pray for her contact with both staff and children.
It was fantastic honour to receive the award on behalf of the children of Queniborough School. We're very proud of what the whole school community achieves both locally and globally. We really fulfil our school motto which is, 'A little school with a big heart!"
Joy Hardy, Headteacher at Queniborough CE Primary School.