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Abbey Youth Group - November 2010

Youth Group got off to a busy start on Sunday, 5th September and now has 9 members from S1 - S4.

It was a busy start to the session as we prepared for the response to our appeal on behalf of the charity ‘Mary’s Meals’ asking for backpacks and items such as pencils, stationery, clothing, toiletries and towels. The charity provides basic items needed by children in some of the poorest regions of the World, to access an education.

As we gathered up the backpacks in The Old Nave the following Sunday it became clear that once again Abbey members had responded very generously, putting so much thought into the items they provided, we were all overwhelmed by the sheer volume. Thankfully, members of the Senior Sunday School joined us and helped pack a total of 138 backpacks! The remaining items were bulk packed and will be used by the charity to fill a further 50 backpacks, a truly marvellous response! Sincere thanks to everyone who supported this appeal, your actions will make a huge difference to the lives of children who have so little.

On Sunday, 19th September John Helliwell the charities local representative came along to thank the Congregation for supporting Mary’s Meals in their work. He then came along to Youth Group and gave a talk about the charity’s School Meals Project which gave everyone a very sobering overview of the problems encountered by children in Malawi and the difference the charity makes to their lives by providing a school meal each day, in most cases this is their only meal and costs as little as £6.15 per year, per child.

John’s talk inspired Youth Group members to make this our topic for the Harvest/ Pageant of the Young Church Service on Sunday, 26th September.

During our talk that day we asked everyone to consider donating £1 to the retiral offering in aid of Mary’s Meals ‘School Meals Project’ Once again the response was wonderful and when added to the cash raised at the coffee between services, sale of Una Philp’s tablet and a donation from the Abbey Toddler Group a cheque for £700 was sent to the charity, this will provide a daily meal for 113 children for a year. Once again a huge thank you to everyone who made a donation or took the time to come along for coffee between services that morning, the young people and I were greatly encouraged by this response.

A special note of thanks to Una Philp who so readily supports the Youth Group’s charitable work. The mere mention that the tablet is of the ’Una variety’ and it sells within minutes, raising even more cash for charity.

After such a hectic few weeks the young people took time on Sunday, October 3rd to plan ahead for the remainder of this session and have planned a number of activities which include: Traidcraft Stall, Wii Evening, collection on behalf of Poppy Scotland and a Scottish Social.

Our Topic over the next few weeks is ’Our Church, Past, Present & Future’ and has lead to research on the internet regarding the Abbey website (www.dunfermlineabbey.co.uk) which Youth Group members were greatly impressed with. They not only learned more about the history of the Abbey, but found they could also read the Church Notices, gather information on all the groups within our Church, find out about forthcoming events and read reports from The Arrow.

The plan now is to look at creating a Youth Group Page on the site and researching how best to present this.

Discussion will also centre around the Young People’s vision for the future of our Church and Youth Group.

Looking Ahead
As in previous years the young people will be creating handcrafted Christmas cards for distribution to the more senior members of the Abbey who are less able to get out and about. These are always gratefully received and are a reminder to the recipients that they are in our thoughts at Christmas.

At the time of writing it is hard to think ahead to Christmas celebrations and Nativity plays, but no doubt they will be upon us before we know. AYG will be participating in the Christmas Family Service, alongside the Sunday School, which is scheduled for Sunday, December 19th at 11.00 a.m. This is also the date that ‘Jars of Compassion’ should be returned to Church. This year the charities benefiting from the coins collected in the jars are:

 Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland
 Cystic Fibrosis Trust Scotland
 UNICEF
 Actionaid (Yeanoh the child we sponsor in Sierra Leone)

Christmas holiday dates: Dec 26th & 2nd January (all dates are inclusive)

Start of new session: 9th January 2010

Come and Join Us
Youth Group is open to all young people from S1 - S5 as you can see from this report, activities are varied, with group members taking an active part in planning what they do each year. Should you wish to join AYG or know of someone who may be interested in finding out more about the group please contact me on: 01383 723859

Finally
On behalf of Youth Group members I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas!

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