It all kicked off with a number of games of Ultimate (perhaps better, and previously, known as Ultimate Frisbee®) in which, it has to be said “Team Awesome” were, well, pretty awesome: winning 5 games to nil. Note to self, remix the teams for next time! Anyway it was all good.
After a brief break for everyone to catch their breath we had one game of British Bulldog – safer ‘Scout’ rules before anyone writes in – which was good fun, and I’m sure will reappear on future occasions. Rachel had organised some real treats for half-time in the barn and there was some time to just chat and relax.
Last, but not least, we all talked about the fantastic work of the charity The Trussell Trust and the local charity it has seeded: Ashford Foodbank. At the start of the session G7Teen had contributed a number of food items to our growing collection-crate. After a brief chat about the vital work of this charity, and a Bible quote from The Trussell Trust website (Mat 25:35-36) read by Graham, everyone started reading material from the website and creating some pretty imaginative posters to help promote our collection-crate for the Foodbank. G7Teen’s involvement is very much a work in progress but we’re hoping to get more involved with this, and other charity and community related activity, as time goes by – watch this space.
Ashford Foodbank (seeded by the Trussell Trust as a Foodbank project) is a super charity effort that is doing great things on our doorstep. The charity helps people to get food when they have run out of options and don’t know how they are going to get something to eat.
The economic situation is really biting, and it’s fantastic that there’s a charity, and a lot of good people who care, but the missing part is us: you and me. So we would really urge you, if you can (and please don’t feel you have to! – you could be having a tough time yourself!) to bring what food you can, when you can, and put it in our collection-crate.
The collection-crate (at the moment we have one but we are going to get more) will be accessible for contributions on Sunday Mornings from 10am – 12.30pm in the Church Barn. We will be talking to more people about how we can expand access to this to other times and locations to make it as easy as possible to contribute.
If anyone wants to help by contributing food then please do. This is the list of items that the charity want:
Milk (UHT or powdered)
Fruit juice (carton)
Sponge pudding (tinned)
Rice pudding (tinned)
Tea Bags/instant coffee
Instant mash potato
Biscuits or snack bars
So next time you’re at a shop or supermarket shopping for food please, please, if you can, get one or two extra things from this list. It’s helping people in terrible situations very close to home.
G7Teen meets every Sunday in term-time 6.30pm until 8pm in Charing Church Barn and is our fun and active Christian-based youth group for 11-16 year olds.
See you soon!