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All in a Gap-Year

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All in a Gap-Year

This year has been an amazing year… I could just leave that statement there, and it would be completely true, but it’s better to expand on it to further explain  why this year has been so good. Joanna and Nobandile have finished their gap-year with us (no, the fact that they have finished isn’t what is good, it’s what they’ve accomplished during their year which is brilliant).  Whilst being based at Trafford YFC, they have grown so much in their confidence to share and deliver the Gospel, in their lesson presentation skills, and they have grown spiritually too.  We have been blessed to share their gap-year with them, and are quite sad to see them leave.  We hope that they both come back to visit while they’re at Uni (Joanna is off to Durham to study Theology, and Nobandile is going to study Sports Science down in Kent), and wish them both the very best in their futures.  It would be wonderful, if when they finish their respective courses, they decided to come back to work/volunteer in Trafford (wishful thinking perhaps, but they have left a lasting impression and quite big shoes to fill). Without the girls this year (and of course, our previous YFC:One volunteers) we wouldn’t have such a successful Detached youthwork project on the Sale West estate.  This has evolved quite a bit since we started it with Hannah and Roberto, back in September 2015.  We used to simply walk around the estate for the evening, and would only see a handful of young people – sometimes, none at all. “At the start of the year, we were seeing a handful of young people each week, and they were all saying that they wanted somewhere to go on an evening.” – Matt Courtney After discovering what the young people actually wanted, we therefore, alongside Saint Mary Magdalene’s Church, set up a youth drop-in in the community centre on the estate, and now regularly get 40+ young people attend each week.  Without the volunteers from the church and the YFC:One girls, this venture just wouldn’t have been possible. At the start of the year, we were asked to do a series of interviews with TWR-UK.  Joanna, Dave and Matt were joined by Aaron (Pais Intern with St. Mary Magdalene’s Church).  Together, they conducted a whole load of interviews, which were aired over Easter, looking at the shift in youth-culture over the past decade or so.  This was a great opportunity, especially for Joanna to explore some of her views on various topics as well as giving her confidence to voice her views.  It was fun to record the sessions, and great for bonding with each other.  Off the back of these interviews, Matt has been asked for soundbites sharing views on various issues facing young people, and how Trafford YFC (as well as other fellow Christian youth organisations) aim to tackle these issues. Right at the end of the year, we were joined by Nomad, YFC’s touring Cage-Football team.  They visited five schools in as many days, as well as four church events in the evenings.  Throughout the week, they delivered 19 lessons, and saw over 500 young people.  They connected with the students in ways that we wouldn’t normally be able to, through football.  The schools...

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NOMAD are coming to Trafford

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On Sunday 25th June, Trafford YFC are being joined by NOMAD – a cage football team, teaching football skills whilst sharing their faith.  The team of four have a jam-packed week of taking lessons in local Primary and Secondary schools, as well as attending several evening events at local churches. Throughout their week they’ll be working in/with Ashton-on-Mersey High School, Broadoak School, Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College, St. Mary’s Primary School, Wellacre Academy, Altrincham Baptist Church, Sale West Community Centre, St. Alban’s Church, St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, the Methodist Circuit, and of course, Trafford YFC. During the day on Saturday 1st July, they will be running an open event just outside our office (The Church Hall, Lindsell Road. WA14 5NX).  As they are only here in Trafford for a short while, we’d love for you to come along and see them in action, and maybe even have a go in the cage while you’re here! 😉  We are inviting all of the young people we meet throughout the week, as well as other youthworkers, teachers, church leaders, etc. so it should be a bustling event. You can mark your interest/attendance on our Facebook event here. The event starts at 11:00, and will run until 14:00, so please feel free to come along for as much or a little as you want.  We’ll have a BBQ running throughout the event, where we will be serving hot-dogs, as well as having various other refreshments (here’s hoping for good weather).   For more information about NOMAD, please visit their website: https://yfc.uk/project/nomad/ or you can get in touch with me if you’d like them to come back in the future. Also, if you know anyone that might be interested in joining the NOMAD team as part of a gap-year (or any other gap year with YFC), then share this website https://yfc.uk/ministry/gapyear/ and please bring them along to the event to meet the current team. Lastly, please forward this page on to anyone you may feel would be interested to come to the event (either to play, watch, or find out...

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Curry and Quiz 2017

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Curry and Quiz 2017

We are having our next Quiz Night on 25th February between 19:00-21:30.  This year, we are serving Curry, and tickets are only £6 each. There will also be a Prize Draw held during the evening where you can win a whole host of prizes, including passes to Oxygen FreeJumping in Trafford Park, tickets to an Altrincham Football match, vouchers, signed merchandise, and many more… Get in touch with the team to buy tickets, and start thinking of a team name!...

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A girl went to bank some cheques for work, and did something amazing while she was there

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A girl went to bank some cheques for work, and did something amazing while she was there

Joanna went to the bank to pay in some cheques for work, and while she was there she also took in a £10 note.  She started by simply exchanging the £10 note for two £5 notes, but when she left the bank, that’s where things got really interesting. She had heard about people giving the first of their new £5 notes to charity (using the #FirstFiver hashtag), and wanted to do the same.  She made sure that she got at least one of the new £5 notes, and went straight to Trafford YFC, a local youth-work charity, firmly placing her new £5 note into hands of one of the staff-workers, who deposited it directly into one of their collection pots. Trafford YFC (Youth for Christ) is a Christian charity working within Trafford.  They aim to “Take the Good News relevantly to EVERY young person in Trafford” and do so through lessons, lunch-clubs, and detached work.  Trafford YFC is a local charity that is part of a National organisation.  It isn’t funded by the government, but solely through charitable donations from churches and individuals like yourselves.  They deliver, and have produced, over 25 lesson topics following the school curriculum, helping young people discover what Christianity is and how it differs from the secular view of ‘world religions’. If you would like to know more about the work of Trafford YFC, head to the homepage.  If you want to give your first fiver, you can hand-deliver it to the office, or pass it on to one of the Staff/Trustees/Volunteers. The Trafford YFC office address is: Trafford YFC The Church Hall Lindsell Road Broadheath Altrincham WA14...

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Meet Nobandile

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Meet Nobandile

A chance to meet Nobandile. Meet the rest of the...

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Meet Joanna

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Meet Joanna

Check out Joanna’s video… Meet the rest of the...

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Meet Jill

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Meet Jill

A chance to get to know a little about Jill… Meet the rest of the...

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BIG3 Pictures

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BIG3 Pictures

Here’s just a few of the pictures taken during #theBIG3. Keep your eyes peeled for...

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Meet Abi

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Meet Abi

A chance to meet Abi Meet the rest of the...

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TYFC – First Contact

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TYFC – First Contact

Do you have the same passions as us?  Contact...

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