G7Teen Nov-Dec 2013

November-December gets festive!

20131104-143130.jpg After a great first term G7Teen is back from Half Term on Sunday 10th November for our annual Shoebox drive. Yes folks, it’s time to start amassing toys and items for Operation Christmas Child. We’ve got the official list of items that can go inside the shoeboxes and what can’t go in, and we’ve made it even easier this year because we have provided the shoeboxes and have even wrapped some of them for you! So all you need to do is bring as much stuff to go inside it as you can and let’s see if we can beat our record of 11 shoeboxes! Don’t forget to bring Β£3 to cover the cost of shipping and handling. Last year’s shoeboxes went to Belarus and we have a gorgeous story from Magilev, Eastern Belarus, to share with you about what happened when the shoeboxes arrived.

Once we’ve done the shoeboxes we’ve got some games to play and maybe some sparkler action outside so don’t forget to bring gloves. Same munch-time rules apply: bring a snack to share! We’ll supply the soft drinks πŸ™‚ And if you’re feeling really charitable, we always accept Foodbank donations every week because the need doesn’t go away after Harvest Festival has ended.

Here’s the list of what’s acceptable and what’s not in your shoeboxes –


Bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, building blocks, small musical instrument, trucks, cars, dolls, clip on earrings, etc…

Education Items:
Calculator, felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, colouring book, notepad, picture or puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers, etc.

Hygiene Items:
Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, bar of soap, flannel, etc.

Other Items:
Sweets (sell-by date to be at least March of the following year), gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces etc.
All gifts should be new, please include items from each category.

No Food – particularly chocolate (non-chocolate sweets are allowed)
No medicine – or vitamins of any kind
No war related items – toy guns, play soldiers or knives of any kind
No clothing – other than listed above
No fragile items – e.g. glass containers, mirrors
No liquids – including blow bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath, toiletry sets or aerosols
No dangerous items – sharp objects, scissors or razors
No books with many words
Nothing of a political nature
No hand-made stuffed toys without a CE mark.

Age categories are:
2 – 4 years, 5 – 9 years, 10 – 14 years.

So what else are we up to this term?! Here’s the official list:

Sun Nov 17th, Charing Barn, 6:30-8pm, Floor Hockey (uni-hoc)
Sun Nov 24th, Charing Barn, 6:30-8pm, Wii Night! – Just Dance tournament and other games πŸ™‚
Sun Dec 1st **The Journey, Chartham Church, 6-8pm. Meet at Charing Marketplace, 5:30pm. Consent forms to follow…
Sat** Dec 7th Egerton Christmas Fayre on the Glebe 12-5pm. Uber fun. BBQ, Tombola.. Mrs Revd Chris (aka Julie Hodgkins) is doing a chocolate Tombola. Get your pocket money ready y’all.
Sun Dec 8th, Charing Barn 6:30-8pm. Christmas Fun Night! Messy games, crazy prizes, decoration making πŸ™‚ You might wanna wear old clothes. Just sayin’.
Sun Dec 15th, Cineworld Ashford, time tbc. Disney’s “Frozen” – Christmas family fun. Consent forms to follow. Last G7Teen of 2013: Goodie bags will be distributed… πŸ™‚ Cos that’s how we roll. Lovin’ ya!

I hear you ask “what is The Journey?” Well, it’s an event by the people who arrange the Easter Monday Youth Pilgrimage, where we all hang out in the cool sacred space known as Chartham Church (sweet lighting and comfy floor cushions, y’all) and do fun stuff like crafts and graffiti (of the ok kind) and figure out how to make Christmas and Advent mean something new and powerful each year. It is, frankly, awesome. And all the snackage is Fair Trade. These guys are legends. They make you do stuff that changes the world for the better without you even realising you’re doing it. How cool is that?! Bring on the revolution. We aren’t the church of tomorrow. We are the church of today. Amen, clergy? I’m feeling a high five coming from the vicarage.


Right, I’m off to shop for shoebox fillers. Peace out, people. See you Sunday!

Mim and tha Team πŸ™‚