Children & Youth 60/40 Project
Events & Activities 2023
Happy New Year to you all!
We are looking forward to this year and the wonderful things God has in store for our young people. We are so excited to see more new faces in our Kings Acre building.
The end of last year was very busy for BAC Youth Zone. Guest speaker, Hannah Berhe media influencer, met and led our Guy Fawkes Night debate evening. Our young people were able to share their opinions on various topics, challenging one another in a safe environment.
We later enjoyed pizza and sparklers in the evening. It was a great event!
We finished off our year with a Christmas dinner and social evening. Our young people gathered together to eat and fellowship with one another with Christmas music, movies and games. Our young people went around the table and shared one thing that they were thankful for.
BAC Youth Zone had a Vision Casting Evening which was open to all. The vision for BAC Youth zone was shared by Tarna and Peter during this event.
BAC Youth Zone is an exciting, full of life ministry that is fun to be apart of. We are quipping, enabling and releasing ordinary young people to do extraordinary things and live extraordinary lives.
We want to grow larger in number by December 2023 - Reaching out to young people within the community to become true disciples of Jesus Christ and make disciples of others. We want to reach the youth in the community with the Gospel of Christ and help them strive for excellence.
We want to empower and support our young people to improve on life opportunities for a better future, because every young person should have the opportunity to know their potential no matter their gender, background or life situations.
We want to build long term positive relationships with our young people, to help inspire them and keep them engaged in education, work-life skills, and maintaining a positive mentality in regards to giving back to their communities in which they live. We are building the next generation of church and business leaders.
It was great to see so many young people, parents and guardians attend as well as all our partners involved in the ministry. With our relaunch we also have a new logo! We have also launched BAC Youth Choir which takes place every Thursday evening, 5pm-6:30pm at Kings Acre. Open to all young people who love to sing, write, rap and produce. All these opportunities we are creating for you. A chance to be a part of something new, fresh and exciting. We look forward to seeing you there. Ages 12-17 years
Please visit our newly updated website: https://www.ascensiontrust.org.uk/60-40-youth-project/
There you can see BAC Youth’s rota for each month this year. For this quarter, please see below…
01 Escape Room
08 Discussion Group - ‘Are you a Leader?’
15 Parliament Debate
22 Check In - ‘How Are You’
29 Easter Egg Hunt
19 Habits (Social Media, Online Gambling
etc) Guest: Teneeka James
26 Games Day
03 Team Building Evening
10 Testimony Wednesday
17 Paint & Sip – Fun mocktails
24 Fears to Freedom
21 Visit to Bruderhof (Half Term)
Please follow, support and keep up to date with what is taking place at BAC Youth Zone through our social media platforms...
3 GENERATE 2023
Save the date for 3 Generate 2023. It may seem a way off, but all those churches and circuits that may send young people to 3 Generate may want to pop the date of this year's gathering in the diary. 3 Generate will take place at the NEC in Birmingham from 06 - 08 October 2023. We'll share more information when it becomes available.
Contact: Tarna-Renae on 020 8329 9643 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Events & Activities 2022
13th- 17th August
60/40 will be taking a trip up to Scotland Cairn Brae this year on 13th- 17th August 2022. Young people from all over the UK will come together to learn more about God, discover their true identity of who they are in Christ, whilst socialising and enjoying the different activities across the few days, from water sports to Campfires and karaoke. This will be a real treat
Calling young people from all around South London. This event will challenge young people, support new potential career paths that may have not been a thought. Stirring up interesting conversations between young people and experienced and established professionals. Psychologists, Entrepreneurs, Influencers, Lawyers, and artistes are set to be on our panel.
30th September -2nd October
3Generate is a safe space for children and young people to talk about what matters to them, engage in important conversations about life and faith and encounter God in different ways, at different times and in different places across the site.
This year 3Gen will be hosted at the NEC in Birmingham. Please contact me if you would like your child to attend. We will be accompanying young people between the ages of 12-17 years old.
For inspiration watch this link from last year https://youtu.be/p5rG4rrnz8I, how our Children and Young People engaged with others to nourish their faith, it's exciting to watch God in the midst of our young generation...
3GEN CHILDREN & YOUTH ASSEMBLY
3Generate - Book your tickets now…
There are just over two weeks to go before bookings for this year's 3Generate Youth and Children's Conference close. The event will take place from Friday 30 September to Sunday 02 October at The NEC in Birmingham. Groups can book weekend tickets or day tickets and children aged 4-7 are also welcome.
For more information and to book, please visit the 3Generate website...
Please note bookings close on Sunday 31 July.
We have our Debate and Guy Fawkes Night all round into one. We are excited to host great conversations related to important and current topics that are taking place today. We also have a special guest who will be leading this debate. We will be finishing off with some food that will be cooking up on the grill...
We will be finishing off the year with a Christmas dinner and party. Good food, good music. We will reflect back on the year and also share plans for 2023. We look forward to seeing you there!
Contact: Tarna-Renae on 020 8329 9643 or email: email@example.com
LAMBETH CIRCUIT - CHILDREN & YOUTH
On behalf of the Lambeth Circuit Children & Youth group, we welcome Tarna-Renae Morris, our new 60/40 Project Youth Worker. We are looking forward to working with Tarna-Renae and praying that God will continue to bless her Ministry with our children and young people.
Below is a short introduction from her...
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future
and a hope”- Jeremiah 29:11
I am Tarna-Renae, the newly appointed youth worker for The Lambeth Methodist Circuit.
The future is the youth and I believe that God has called me to help to facilitate avenues to help equip and release ordinary young people to do extraordinary things and live extraordinary lives in Christ.
Last month, we had the privilege of taking the youth to Go Ape for the day. They had a fun-tastic time, bonding, building new relationships, overcoming fears, and supporting one another through each obstacle. We will be planning many more activities such as this and hope to see some new faces join us.
Our future is bright, we have exciting events that will be taking place over the next few months in and around our Kings Acre Hub. Activities will include Parliament Debates, Career Pathways, Christmas Talent Shows and Awards Nights. We are raising up the next entrepreneurs, lawyers, psychologists, doctors, ministers and so much more.
I look forward to meeting more of you. We meet every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If a young person, parent/guardian would like to get in contact with me, please contact me on the following…
Contact No: 020 8329 9643
3 GENERATE 2021
Methodist Children & Youth Assembly @ the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Friday - 29 October to Sunday - 31 October
750 Children attended this Assembly from 21 Methodist Districts, together with 250 leaders as part of 65 children and young peoples’ groups.+
Photos/Images used with permission from the Event Manager: Chris Parker
Our Circuit was represented in this event by six of our Children & Youth group (Joy, Ilanah, Ivy, Elshadai, Godfled & Judith) with five of our Children & Youth leaders/parents/volunteers (Janet, Morlyn, Cheryl, Peter & Leticia). It was apparently a wonderful and joyous experience for them camping-up in tents at the NEC. As we know these kind of fellowship/assemblies helps deepen and nurture their faith and at times can be a turning point in the lives of our young people.
We are appreciative of what our leaders and volunteers’ dedication and support, to help our young members explore their faith in a safe and secure environment/group. May we continue to encourage and lift them all in our prayers.
CHILDREN & YOUTH GROUP CIRCUIT SERVICE
An autumn circuit youth service took place at Railton Road Methodist church on Sunday 3rd October. It began with preparation activities - a dramatic presentation on Climate Change, making artistic creations from recycled objects, poems, prayers and making origami boats (with prayers) and pictures for Christian Aid.
All were enjoyed and more so when the adults turned up at the service (they also made the boats!) and all the activities were shared.
A song which many readers may remember from the past - Doo Wah Diddy - was adapted by Revd Kristin to the theme and caused great hilarity.
Food was provided by the very generous members of the church, and all went home, happy, full and with a greater knowledge of Climate change and a determination to do something about it.
Submitted by: Ursula Ovenden
CHILDREN & YOUTH PICNIC
The Circuit Youth Picnic was held at Brixton Hill Methodist Church on Sunday - 11th July. There were 18 people there in total, so not a huge number, but it was good for children and adults to meet up in real-life instead of Zoom (though the Zoom occasions have been fun as well!). Everyone brought their own food, though some kind people brought cakes, sweets and lollies for sharing (see photo of Revd. Eleanor tucking in!!!).
Various people brought games such as quoits, football - (thanks Morlyn) colouring - (enjoyed by adults and children alike - thanks Pat) but by far the most popular was ‘Articulate’, a board game, which brought young people and adults together and provided lots of laughs.
We finished, all sitting on the steps of Brixton Hill, with prayer led by Reverend Eleanor and sang ‘Give me oil in my lamp’.
Next time it would be good to double the number of children and have all the churches represented. The rain held off and it was a lovely afternoon. Thanks to all the helpers and to Brixton Hill for hosting it, but most of all thank you to the children for providing the adults with such a lovely afternoon.
Next Circuit Youth Event in the Autumn
Circuit Youth Service is on Sunday 3rd of October 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Railton Road Methodist Church – 141 Railton Road, London SE24 0LT.
Submitted by: Ursula Ovenden
Space for Young People to enjoy a variety of activities, develop their faith and just relax together.
The last few months have been far from normal in many ways due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, God has been faithful to the youth department and has allowed the 60/40 Youth Project to remain functional and engaging young people.
Pre- covid-19, we held a vision sharing event in February which saw roughly 35-40 people in attendance. Some were very familiar with the youth program, and some had come along to hear a bit more about what we are trying to do in Brixton/Clapham and across the Lambeth Circuit. It was encouraging to share the vision of a vibrant youth program engaging as many young people in the area as possible with people. It was also a chance for the different partners that lead on the 60/40 Project - Lambeth Methodist Circuit; Ascension Trust; London City Mission and Young Life International - to share more about their organisations and why they are happy to be involved in this program.
Using the vision evening, a new name was created for the 60/40 Youth Program which would be easier for onlookers to identify the program as a youth-focused program. The name is: Brixton & Clapham Youth Zone (B.A.C Youth Zone). 60/40 as a name will still be used by the partners, with B.A.C. Youth Zone used for those actively engaging in the program. The reason for the 60/40 name is to remind the partners that we wish to engage non-churched young people (60%) as well as those currently attending church through the Lambeth Circuit (40%).
With covid-19 halting our face-to-face meetings on Wednesday and every other Friday, we had to adapt; so we began to use the video conference call service "Zoom" to have weekly youth meetings! With the amazing youth team consisting of Morlyn, Janet, Kwadwo and myself, we spent many a Wednesday evening playing games, having lively debates and discussions, and checking in to see how the youth were coping through this strange time. We were able to encourage them with scriptures and prayer. A massive thank you to the team for helping me to run these while I had been furloughed!
Finally, summer 2020 had swiftly come upon us and I had been brought back to work for 2 days a week. I decided to use those two days to meet up with the young people face to face where possible, with the government relaxing lockdown measures. We were able to meet at local parks to hang out, play tennis, go BMX cycling, and even managed a scavenger hunt on the last Friday of August (thanks for organising, Morlyn!). We also engaged in online youth content thanks to Young Life International and London City Mission. The Pret cafe in Brixton kindly donated sandwiches to the summer project. It was also an opportunity for me to meet up with some young people for one-to-one meetings to catch up and further disciple them. I believe that we have made the most out of a difficult situation - glory to God!
As we look towards September and beyond, please pray for us as we plan the next steps for the youth program. I am looking forward to working with the Clapham churches too.
For more information call, text or email:
Janet Oppong on 07941 677414
WELCOME TO THE 60/40 PROJECT
The 60:40 PROJECT has been steadily growing since I became the Youth Outreach Worker on the programme in November 2018. 60% of the project is focused on community outreach, particularly in the area surrounding Kings Acre Methodist Church. 40% of the project is spent working with the Lambeth Methodist Circuit youth. I currently support the Brixton Hill Sunday school and lead on Youth United Worship, a youth meet-up held fortnightly on a Friday evening from 7pm-9pm at Brixton Hill. The young people enjoy playing games such as badminton and table tennis as well as practicing playing instruments. The evenings are rounded off by a bible study. Over the last four months, we have been looking at God’s plan for humanity through four main themes: creation; the fall of man; redemption; re-creation. This has prompted some great questions and helped the young people to see what God says about these big issues through His word.
The young people that regularly attend YUW were gifted with youth bibles at Christmas, as encouragement to them to seek God for themselves through His word.
The 60:40 project has also run some holiday clubs during the February half term and Easter holiday. Both holiday clubs have been 1 day of fun and leisure held at Brixton Hill and Kings Acre sites. The next holiday club will be in the May half term, from Tuesday 28th-Thursday 30th May, from 11am-3pm each day, at Kings Acre, 59 Lyham Road, SW2 5DH. I will need help to run this, so if you are available for all, some or one of these days to help, then please do get in touch!
The 60:40 project is currently planning on running a lunchtime club throughout the summer holidays on weeks commencing Monday 29th July, Monday 5th August and Monday 26th August. We understand that the school holidays mean that many parents in Lambeth will struggle to provide a healthy meal for their children. We hope to alleviate some of this pressure by offering a free lunch to all young people in the area around Kings Acre. I will confirm dates very soon!
For all the ways that we are trying to help our young people in Lambeth develop, thrive and discover themselves in God, I sincerely ask for your continued prayers for the 60:40 project. Please pray for the young people that come into contact with the project, and please pray for more people to come forward to offer their support, skills and talents on the program.