On the evening of Friday the 6th of September we arrived at Barrington Church at around 5pm. This gave us a chance to finish setting up all the equipment that we could for the bingo activity and our soup kitchen dinner. The other members of the group (Henry, Dom and Rebecca) turned up about an hour later in time for our guests to arrive at 6.30pm. When all 30 of us were seated in the pews, we began the first round of bingo. After 12 mini rounds, all of the prizes had been awarded and everybody was invited to stay in the church for a soup and bread supper whilst volunteers from Jimmy’s Nightshelter gave a talk about homelessness. Along with WarChild, this is one of the charities that we were raising money for whilst hosting this event, therefore we were extremely grateful that they had taken the time out of their Friday evening to come and talk to us. When all of the adults left the church to go home, there were 12 of us that were sleeping over in the church with the Reverend Felicity Couch and Wayne.
Until the early hours of the morning, we rehearsed for the mystery play that we would be performing during the service the next day – ‘The Fall of the Angels’. At around 3am the majority of the group were asleep, ready for the early start three hours later! Once everybody was up, we were treated to breakfast made by Rachel, which included toast, bacon sandwiches and juice. Feeling energised, we rehearsed a few times with the help of Fiona and Mary… then we were ready to perform in front of the congregation.
At the end of the service a collection was held with all proceeds going to our chosen charities. With this money and the funds we received from selling tickets for the bingo and sleepover together, we raised approximately £200 enabling us to send £100 to each cause.
We were all really pleased that the event had been so successful for an initial project idea, with a higher than anticipated turnout for both the bingo evening, sleepover and morning service – which was on a Saturday! In addition, we received a lot of praise in the diocese for organising and hosting the event, and due to this we have gratefully received a generous grant in order to continue fundraising and raising awareness for the Millennium Development Goals in our benefice.
As a group we would like to say a huge thank you to Felicity, Wayne, Rachel, Fiona, Mary and all the other people that made this event possible, including the guests that attended to support us and donate to such worthy causes.
Maddy and Kate,
On behalf of the Orwell Benefice Youth Group
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Well this is the other project - making paper mache bricks from security shredded paper. These will be sold with the proceeds going to a charity in Somerset.
The other activity is working with the local school to grow various heritage vegetables. But perhaps they should tell you in their own words.
Making paper-mache bricks>
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