Pictures of Sunday afternoons Dragonflies and Water bugs workshop at Todmorden's Pushing Up Daisies event. A good time of discussion about about death, how we remember and life after death. Thanks to Nancy and her team of volunteers.
The ordinary and everyday in God’s Hands can achieve the profound
With this exciting and challenging thought Paul Blakey, chairman of CICS, started our AOM, which was held in the newly re-furbished after flooding, St Michael’s Hall, Mytholmroyd.
The formal reports were for year to Sept 2016, but updates were added to inform supporters of recent happenings.
The AOM this year was also a celebration as last autumn, as you may have heard; CICS won the Inspire magazine award for Children /Youth Initiative. A representative group of trustees and workers went to the palace of Westminster to collect the award, which comprises a signed certificate, an inscribed glass plaque (which were on display in the hall) and £200 voucher to spend on equipment.
Following the resignation of Ruth Wyeth the trustees advertised for a new primary worker. God sent us three excellent applicants so all three were appointed in Sept 2016 to work 6 hours each weekly (flexible) to explore primary work with a view to getting churches involved
These three workers quickly got themselves organised to cover as much of Calderdale as possible. To learn more about or to contact workers; Karen Hill, Nancy White and Angie Stradling go to our website www.cicscalderdale.org.uk
Notable events from their update include;
The workers are exploring possibilities to work with council to provide Holiday Kitchen lunches for children in certain areas. Churches are needed to support this venture.
Secondary School work
Good news stories
Neil and a volunteer were able to help and pray with a group of girls who had frightened themselves experimenting with an Ouija board.
Mentoring has positively encouraged a young student towards anger management
It’s Your Move Books
2,200 copies of this Scripture Union publication were presented free to Year 6 children to give help and encouragement as they begin their secondary education.
This year 2,500 books will be presented by workers or church reps at special assemblies. CICS feels this is extra important this year as there are many children in the borough who have not been given a place at any of their secondary schools of choices so will be disappointed as they start senior school. Please pray and if you or your church would like to sponsor a book at £1.20 a copy please contact CICS
The presentation of the financial statement is the formal part of AOM.
Lifepath of Rev Thomas Crowther, Cragg Vale Church Mytholmroyd
Thomas Crowther was vicar of Cragg Vale from 1821 – 1859. He worked hard especially for the mill children to have shorter hours and better conditions and with others, was instrumental in getting the 10 Hour Act for factory workers passed.
73 children from 3 schools will visit Cragg church for the day on 27th June to learn more about his life and time. This event is run by local Christians supported by CICS and SU.
Scripture Union News
Matty SU’s local worker attended the AOM. SU celebrates its 150 anniversary this year and its new campaign to celebrate is called The 95, which aims to train, resource and help churches to reach the 95% of children who never experience church. see SU website for details.
New logo and name for CICS
After 17 years we have decided we need a new logo. Please see web site for details of how to enter your design for our competition – we need something fun & funky!
We have also decided to drop the word ‘initiative’ from our title so we are now Christians in Calderdale Schools – which is what we are, offering our ordinary and everyday to God to make it profound.
The evening ended with Thank You cards being given to all those present. The work could not go on without the prayers love and financial support of Christians & churches throughout the borough, so Thanks to all and please keep up the support!
Please see our website for more details of events and people in this report
After serving us well for 17 years we have decided that CICS needs a new logo!!!
We want something contemporary and funky! We are also having a name change to "Christians in Calderdale Schools" (basically because that is what everyone calls us anyway!)
So if you are the creative type get designing! We are giving a £50 voucher (of your choice) to the person with our preferred logo choice.
E-mail your completed logo as a PNG/JPG file to firstname.lastname@example.org . The logo must say CICS and ideally Christians In Calderdale Schools - but beyond that be creative (and no it doesn't have to be pink!)
The closing date is Monday 24th July and we will announce the winner shortly afterwards. The logo will be in use from 1st September (the new school year!).
So stop reading and get designing......
You can use this to advertise in church magazines, etc...
Last year CICS collected over 30 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Our gifts were delivered to children in Liberia along with thousands of others from across West Yorkshire...
THANK YOU for bringing Good News and Great Joy to a child in Liberia. Your kindness means that one more precious child experienced the joy of opening a very special gift and the hope that comes from knowing that someone, somewhere, cared enough to pack it especially for them. Thanks to the generosity of individuals like you, all over the United Kingdom, 882,647 children, in 17 countries, received a gift to remember!
The Trustees and workers of CICS gathered for a Vision Day in January. Here is the full team of trustees and workers!
CICS features on Page 9 of January's Inspire magazine - we were the winners of the Children and Youth Initiatives Inspire Awards - see here
Article below (source)
IF the stories told at the 2016 Inspire Awards event at the Palace of Westminster last month are in any way representative of grassroots local church activity, there is real hope for the future, writes Editor RUSS BRAVO.
Time and again ordinary believers were recognised for their passion, commitment, compassion and faith in recognising needs in their community and, with God’s help, doing something about it. Many had seen dramatic change in their own lives.
As well as the shortlisted entrants and their guests, it was a joy to welcome INSPIRE partners, supporters, advertisers and friends to the event, held in the Jubilee Room, Palace of Westminster. James Lee from Christians in Parliament opened the event, and Gavin Shuker MP closed it, with each warmly commending the awards, the work of INSPIRE in telling inspirational stories of God at work, and the entrants’ contribution to their communities.
YOUTH/CHILDREN’S INITIATIVE (presented by HOPE director of communications Catherine Butcher)
Winner: CICS (Christian Initiative in Calderdale Schools), West Yorkshire
Runner-up: Life and Soul, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
A team of part-time staff plus more than 40 volunteers, supported by some 75 churches, sees CICS getting involved in almost 80 primary and secondary schools across Calderdale, West Yorkshire, through prayer, taking lessons, mentoring, running lunch clubs and much more.
“To those who teach we are often a listening ear – an outside, trusted person who will listen and understand. To pupils we are joining with what God is already doing amongst thousands of young people. We are there to present the reality of who Jesus is as well as to support, listen and care.” says chair of trustees Paul Blakey.