Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough

Encouraging Christians in Wokingham Borough to Engage with their Communities

Tag: young people

How to… be missional at your #PokeGym

Emma has written about #PokemonGo and the fact that many churches, including their own St Nicolas Earley, are now a #PokeGym or a #PokeStop.  This is a missional opportunity we all need to embrace.

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It is extremely likely that your church is a #PokeGym or #PokeStop and this is great news for churches, because all of a sudden there will be all sorts of people coming to battle online.  There will be kids, tweens, teenagers, young adults, older adults and families all coming to your church to play #PokemonGo.  There will be lots of people at your church hanging around out of choice and most of them probably won’t be members of your church or even people who have ever stepped through the doors.  This is a mission opportunity……

http://llmcalling.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/mission-of-pokegym-pokemongo-church.html

 

 

Just Around the Corner (JAC)

This is the first of a series of articles about christian charities across Wokingham Borough.  Why not help JAC become better known by sharing this across Facebook, on Twitter, on your website and with your networks by email.

Just Around the Corner (JAC) was founded in 1998 and the organisation works with disadvantaged young people to encourage them to make positive choices. Last year JAC, as a whole, delivered 2039 sessions to 11,954 young people.  Their incredible team of volunteers gave 8792 volunteer hours.  The JAC PAD in Wokingham town centre has worked with young people and adults suffering with anxiety, addiction and other problems, offering a drop in service and a market stall to help them socialise; this is being changed as Wokingham is developed.   They also have a community shop for those that are work ready to gain retail experience in a supported environment.  The final aspect of their work is on the streets to build relationships with young people as well as running emotional literacy groups in Schools.  Below are details JAC have provided about the different services.

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At our multi activity centre and stables we do intense therapeutic work with young people through Equine Assisted Learning , horticulture, pottery, arts & crafts & land management. Young people are referred as they are struggling in mainstream education or not accessing education at all. The reasons that they are referred for are varied and could be trauma, sexual and / or domestic abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, low self-esteem, post adoption issues, attachment disorders, emotional, social or behavioural issues etc. Some of our young people are unable to cope with mainstream Education and are with us full time, as it is the only place where they will engage and feel safe. Once they have finished the EAL programme – many young people continue to volunteer with us on supported placements and some complete accredited training courses with us (NVQ’s, Berkshire award, etc.)

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JAC have been involved in several community events and will be involved in re-developing some community land for young people under the A329 M – the suggestions have been to turn the area in to a parkour (free running area) skate park or BMX – or all three!

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JAC are still working hard in Maiden Erlegh, mentoring and running Schools groups

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We are losing the JACPAD and the JAC SHOP in Wokingham Town Centre because of the redevelopment but for now we are still mentoring, training and developing young people through the Market Stall and the shop. Several young people have now gained employment and we are looking forward to seeing more lives changed before December.

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This year we have been setting up Education for those young people that are with us almost full time. We have a fully qualified teacher who is working on functional skills in English and Maths with them and 3 of them sat an exam last week!  Some of them are also doing an NVQ in Horse care. For young people who have disengaged from Education or for whom main stream and other special school placements haven’t worked – it is incredible to see them achieving so much at JAC that will set them up for their future. 2 of our young people both got distinctions in their last NVQ unit on horse care.  JAC have now also raised enough funds to buy a horse box which will take the equine work to a new level.

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JAC therapeutic programme
This has expanded and we are now offering: pottery, arts and crafts, welding, horticulture, small animals, goats, donkeys, horses, bees and much more.

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How you can help JAC
There are three main ways you can help JAC with their work; you can volunteer your time and talents, donate money and pray.

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1If you would like to receive this monthly prayer diary or get involved in any way then please email info@jacoutreach.org

And please support their Family Fun DAY on the 9th July – Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
With pony rides, meet the goats and donkeys, horse games, quiz, stalls, decorating horse shoes, raffle, refreshments and BBQ.

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Earley and East Reading Churches at East Reading Festival

Last weekend Churches Together in Earley and East Reading (CTEER) came together to provide a church zone at the East Reading Festival in Palmer Park.  The festival is “a celebration of the diversity of the local community and aims to strengthen the connections between the people and organisations of the area.”  There were over 50 stalls and 3 performance stages at the free festival and the church zone was a key part of the festival which welcomed over 5000 visitors.

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A wide range of churches worked together at the East Reading Festival including Vineyard with the Healing on the Streets team, Wycliffe, Park United Reformed Church, Anderson Baptist Church including the Nepali congregation, Earley Christian Fellowship, Brookside, St Nicolas Church, Wesley Methodist and CAP (Christians against Poverty).  Here are some of the photos celebrating the presence, prayer and praise that blessed the festival and the community.

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The puppets came along from Wycliffe

 

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The Boys Brigade organised a game of football

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There was worship by the Nepalese church

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Home For Good and Christian Community Action were in attendance raising awareness of their charities

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Messy Church was visited by many families and there was a tent available for specific prayer

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Healing on the Streets were praying over anyone who wanted to be blessed with it

 

We are called to be in the world but not of the world; the presence of the churches together at East Reading Festival showed this in all it’s fullness.  We look forward to coming along again next year.

With thanks to Steve Blunden for the wonderful photos.

Encourage Newsletter June 2016 Summer Holidays

Welcome to your monthly Encourage newsletter from Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough.  This is your resource; to tell the community what you are doing and to find out what might be useful for people you are supporting. Share this on your website, within your own communications and across the social media networks AND keep sending us your good news.

Each month Encourage will have focus on one area of need being tackled in our community. This month… Summer Holidays.

The summer holidays are approaching and we know that this is a time of both challenge and opportunity.  It is a challenge for parents who have to balance life, work and children; a challenge for grandparents who might be doing more childcare than normal and a challenge for the rest of the community who might see their normal activities stop for many week.

But we are all about opportunities to meet the needs of kids, parents, grandparents and everyone else in our communities; so here is a selection of what is going on through July and August this year……

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How to… Communicate as a Church

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What is Communication?

  • Not telling, but being heard
  • Not informing, but engaging
  • Not broadcasting, but interacting

 

What is Church?

  • The people not the building
  • A cross generational community
  • The most complicated of organisations

 

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Who do you want to communicate with?

  • The church community / congregation
  • Anyone who is connected with the church
  • Everyone living in the area around the church
  • Absolutely any one who is interested to hear from us

 

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How to communicate within the church

  • Realise that communicating within the church is a ministry
  • Put in the time, it is a conversation with many people and that takes a lot of effort
  • Encourage everyone in the church to be part of the communication – they have networks
  • Make the communication relevant for each generation

 

How to communicate outside the church

  • This is mission and evangelism, own that
  • Give information about what you offer and how to join
  • Share the good news about what you are doing and planning
  • Get everyone in the church involved and sharing the communication
  • Build networks of sharing communication to broaden the breadth and depth of reach
  • Use a range of communication to reach the different generations

 

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Communicate to every generation

When working with Traditionalists (born before 1945):

  • Use formal greetings and salutations: Mr. or Mrs.
  • Ask them how they want to be addressed.
  • Respect their experience and acknowledge it in front of other team members.
  • Give feedback face to face.
  • Include them in groups that have a defined hierarchy, even if they are not the lead.

 

When working with Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964):

  • Involve them in group decisions.
  • Communicate with them more often.
  • They thirst for reporting on progress and status.
  • Greetings can be less formal and more relaxed than Traditionalists.
  • Recognize their titles and status in the group.
  • Remember, they are extremely competitive.

 

When working with Generation X (born 1965 – 1982):

  • When communicating the “what,” remember the “why.”
  • They like to be abreast of the bigger picture.
  • Let them know you care about how the job affects them and their family.
  • Communicate with them less often.
  • They do not need to be micromanaged.
  • Give them the result you want, and let them determine the best course of action.
  • No long meetings or lengthy communications late in the day (especially Fridays).
  • They get anxious when they believe work is cutting into family time.

 

When working with Millennials (born 1983 – 2000):

  • Communicate in small bits of information.
  • They are used to conversing in sound bites.
  • Communicate often, but not face to face if possible.
  • Use e-mail or text messaging or even messaging.
  • Reinforce positive performance and/or behaviours.
  • When communicating the “what,” don’t be as focused on the “why.”
  • Concentrate on results.

 

 

Methods of  Communication
T – traditionalists            B – Baby Boomers
X – Gen X                              M – Millennials

  • Announcements (T, B)
  • Sunday sheet (T, B)
  • Church calendar (T, B)
  • Notice board (T, B)
  • Sandwich boards (T)
  • Newsletters (T, B, X)
  • Posters and fliers (T, B, X)
  • Word of Mouth (B, X)
  • PowerPoint slides in church (B, X)
  • Website (B, X)
  • Emails (B, X, M)
  • Blog (B, X, M)
  • Facebook (B, X, M)
  • Twitter (X, M)
  • Instagram (X, M)
  • Snapchat / Whats App / Text Message (M)
  • Videos (M)
  • Personal Invitation (T, B, X, M)