Pioneers is for 10 and upwards and meets in the Choir vestry within the church. They meet on the 1st and 2nd Sunday of the month. On the 1st Sunday they are encouraged to join the congregation for communion. The aim of this group is to keep the young people's interest and to help them explore their belief by bible study and chatting about how it changes their lives.
Last weekend I attended a Synod Youth Exec meeting at Avon Tyrrell to discuss all the important matters from last year and for the future. We stayed in one of the lodges, this was great fun because it was very spacious so we all had our own space.
On the first day we had a very busy programme talking about last year's camp and next year's camp but first we introduced ourselves. As I was the newest member the others all knew each other, but I only knew one of them! So I was introduced to Valley, John, Alice and Bex before we got on with the work.
It was a very productive weekend and we worked late into the evenings, one night we even had a power cut! I am looking forward to the next meeting so we can plan some more and I can see the others.
At the end of July I went to the Wessex Synod 2016 camp and once again it was super fun! I shared a tent with someone I met last year and we both loved the same things - mainly Doctor Who! We learnt all about Mathew and the Ten Commandments and also about how in different Bibles the sections are worded differently. The activities I participated in were: archery, wide games (capture the flag) and rifle shooting. I had great fun and I met old friends as well as making new ones. I can’t wait for next year’s camp!
Synod camp was amazing! I made new friends and met old ones, there where so many cool activities for us to do. I did rock climbing, survival hunt for food and woodland games. The theme was pirates so we all dressed up on the last night, there was an ultra violet light party and a camp fire followed by a movie. I had a great time and can't wait for next year’s camp!
Kathleen is a Pioneer and this is her account of her latest trip to Youth Synod Day. On Saturday, 21 March 2015 I went to the Youth Synod day at the Avenue St Andrews URC. We had a fun filled day finding out how we are all individual and have hidden talents. We designed our own t-shirts showing things we like and what makes us ourselves. Self-portraits made of junk was one of the first bases. The whole idea of the day was that although we may not look the prettiest or be the most popular we are all important and even though we are different underneath that we all have unique abilities. We also made a pot with grass seeds in so that as we water them the grass grows, this shows that all of us can grow out of the darkness. My favourite activity was the one where we all had paint representing our life lines. Each person had a different coloured squeezy paint and we all went round in a circle above the canvas dribbling and squirting the paint. To start with it looked really messy and horrible, but with everyones input It looked beautiful by the end, all our colours mixing together and crossing one anothers’ paths. After it looked really cool and now it sits in my room to remind me that all our paths cross for a reason. I had a lovely day. It was great fun and I’m hoping to go to the Synod camp in July this year as I couldn’t go last year.
04/12/14 Theme: Christmas Story