2013 is nearly over, and everyone is looking forward to Christmas or the school holidays, offering us the chance to reflect on another great year working with young people from different faiths and cultures. We have been busy: we’ve done lots of exciting things and seen young people step up on a fun-filled journey challenging prejudice and apathy, inspiring us all that it is possible to create a world we can all live in.
Check out some of these highlights:
- About 35 different youth activities, ranging from jewellery making, choir singing, ropes courses, baking, science and bike rides.
- Girls and Lads Residentials.
- New faith communities, such as at Woodrush School, lads from Jamia Islamia School in Sparkbook and St Phillips Church in Dorridge.
- …and if you want to know why, check out This is why we do what we do.
- Another exciting development this year has been in the area of youth social action (such as this food collection for the Sparkhill Foodbank and a sponsored silence to raise money for the Philippines Appeal) and we look forward to this being a greater part of our work in 2014.
- Bradford and Keighley – in May we welcomed Chris Reynolds to our team as the first youth worker with The Feast outside Birmingham. Since then Chris has started to run youth encounter events in Bradford and Keighley, including a challenging but rewarding bike ride through the Yorkshire Dales.
- Tower Hamlets – our Local Leadership Team in East London has started running youth encounters, including a fantastic girls weekend residential. And even better they are right now recruiting for their first part-time youth worker.
- Birmingham – due to an expansion in our work for the next 12 months we are also pleased to be recruiting in Birmingham for a full-time post.
Getting the word out
- Our second every promo video, featuring two young lads called Zakir and Toby.
- Presenting at the Christian Youthwork Summit.
- Presenting on an Islamic Hidayat Satellite TV program.
- Featuring an article in the Youthwork Magazine in July, called Faith to Faith.
- Moseley School MO Magazine.
- Nominated for ‘Charity of the Year’ Award by legal firm Anthony Collins Solicitors.
Training and Resources
- Engage youthwork training course – developed by the Christian Muslim Forum and Centre for Youth Ministry, we are privileged to be piloting the first ever course of this kind with 10 students in Birmingham.
- This year we have run 2 training days in Birmingham, and one in Stepney, East London, and in January 2014 will be our first in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
- We are also pleased to be developing resources (such as these short video talks by Dr Andrew Smith) which we hope will equip youth workers around the UK (and beyond!) and enable more to benefit from our experience. Additional resources will be made available soon!
THANK YOU to all who have volunteered or supported us with your time, finances, advice or other resources. And well done to the young people who came together and learned it can be fun to share our faith positively and make lots of new friends.
And so now we eagerly await 2014! Bring.it.on.