Goodbye Quinta 2017…

Overall, we all had a brilliant weekend away together and we have many things to praise God for – the fantastic weather, everyone getting along and the amazing contribution and different skills of all the adults involved.

A special thank you to…

Creative Art Team: Alan, Liz, Emma and Kevin

Swimming: Delphine

Kitchen Team: Sue, Stuart, Jean, Lucy and Heather

Don’t forget to join us for our special All Age Service on Sunday 7th May at 10:15am where we will be premiering the Quinta Movie, sharing what we got up to and giving out special awards. We would love everyone who came to Quinta to join us for this service and for their families and friends to find out even more about what we did.

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We are already looking forward to next year!

Thank you for joining in!

From everyone on Team Quinta 🙂

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Quinta 2017: Saturday

Welcome to Saturday at Quinta 2017!

This was such an action packed day that we don’t really know where to start…

Everyone was up early on Saturday with all the excitement, even though some young people had had very little sleep! At 7:30 the leaders met together to pray and plan for the day ahead before breakfast was served at 8am. After sharing food together, there was a short amount of free time before we got into the day’s activities.

 

FUSION:

David the Warrior: Protected by God

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Straight after breakfast we met together as a group to look at the next stage of David’s life, his encounter with Goliath. Once again we use a variety of prayer activities to help us reflect at the end of the session.

Oswestry Challenge

After bible study, FUSION went into the nearby town of Oswestry and completed the famous Oswestry Challenge. We had to go around the town collecting answers to questions as well as completing photo challenges. All the teams participated well and had a great time. The winners will be revealed in our celebration service on Sunday 7th May.

After this we all had some time to go shopping, particularly in the fantastic sweet shop! One group of young people were particularly touched by the generosity of a member of the public who, when stood in front of us in the Costa queue, offered to pay for their drinks. What an act of kindness to witness!

The weather was fantastic and we all spent some time in the park, playing frisbee, doing gymnastics or simply relaxing, before heading back to Quinta for lunch.

Musical Instruments

After lunch we joined members of the St. John’s Creative Arts Team (Alan, Liz and Emma) who had come to visit us for the day and made our own incredible musical instruments. This helped us remember that David was a musician who wrote lots of Psalms (particularly Psalm 150). Everyone got to make a different instrument and we all had a really enjoyable time. The boys particularly liked drumming outside in the sun!

 

Swimming

This was the moment we’d all been waiting for – the indoor, heated swimming pool! We were split into two groups and had some free swimming time as well as some games together led by our brilliant lifeguard, Delphine! Where else are you going to here people singing Our God is a Great Big God in the swimming pool?!

David the Sinner: Forgiven by God

After tea we investigating another part of David’s life; his relationship with Bathsheba. A lot of us found it quite shocking that this David who we all think of as a Bible Hero could do something so bad! We discussed how David initially made the situation worse for himself but did eventually ask God for forgiveness.

Film Night

To round our evening off we all watched The Incredibles together. Before the film started we got changed into our pyjamas and brought pillows downstairs. We enjoyed popcorn together and had a break part way through for hot chocolate. Everyone was very tired and this was a great way to relax together – some people even fell asleep!

 

Ground Breakers:

Ground Breakers stayed on site all day and had loads of fun doing all sorts of activities. After breakfast they began by coming together to talk about the next part of David’s life, his fight against Goliath. Rowan and Thomas even re-enacted part of the story!

 

Musical Instruments

In the morning, Ground Breakers worked with the St. John’s Creative Arts Team to create some fantastic musical instruments. David wrote loads of Psalms (songs) to express his faith in God, so we wanted to create instruments to represent this ourselves. There was a lot of creativity (and noise) from all the young people.

Look out for the instruments at our fantastic All Age service on Sunday 7th May!

Outside Activities

In the afternoon we completed a treasure hunt around the grounds of Quinta, looking for jigsaw pieces to put together a model of Goliath (he’s 8ft tall!). The weather was brilliant and we enjoyed spending lots of time outside.

Swimming

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Everyone in Ground Breakers had a fabulous time using the swimming pool, there was lots of fun and games and Delphine made sure that everyone stayed safe! By tea time we were all very hungry and got to enjoy spaghetti bolognaise or lasagne with salad and garlic bread.

David the Sinner: Forgiven by God

After tea, we looked at the next part in our story of David and investigated how he was forgiven by God, even when David did something really wrong.

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Film Night

In the evening, Ground Breakers watched A Bug’s Life to relax together before bed. They also had hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows together and even enjoyed the rock buns they had made together earlier in the evening.

Everyone was very tired as we had packed so much into just one day!

Quinta 2017: We have arrived!

Some of the leaders arrived at Severn Lodge from 2pm and were really excited to be back on the Quinta site again. After arriving, the first thing that we had to do was unload all our cars and receive our massive Tesco food delivery! We were definitely not going to go hungry!

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The first leader’s things to arrive…

 

We were also busy reorganising rooms and preparing for all our activities. After this there was a little bit of time to relax before everyone else arrives, so of course we had to test out the games room!

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Leaders enjoying the Games Room

From about 5:30pm young people began to arrive with their families and we all had a BBQ together. It was great to see everyone settling in and getting to know the site; although over half of our 49 young people have been to Quinta before!

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BBQ Time!

After everyone had arrived and been fed we split into our groups to begin our weekend’s activities…

Those in Ground Breakers went off to their meeting room and began to explore how David was chosen by God. They had lots of activities planned which included making name signs for their bedroom doors!

 

Meanwhile, in FUSION we began by playing a very exciting game of Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag. Two teams, each with glow sticks had to run around the site to find and capture their opposition team’s flag. Everyone had a great time and the RED (England) Team came out victorious!

After this we went back inside and split into smaller groups to investigate how David was chosen by God and what this means for us today. We ended our bible study time with a short prayer activity to help us reflect before hot chocolate and bed.

Before lights out, the leaders also had a meeting where Stuart gave a little talk based on the life of David. We also had an opportunity to pray together and thank God for a successful first evening. We can’t believe how much we got done in just one evening!

 

Quinta 2017 Blog

Welcome to the start of the Quinta 2017 blog!

We hope to keep you up to date with everything we are doing throughout the weekend (internet signal allowing). You can also keep up to date by following us on Instagram or on the St. John’s Church Facebook page.

This weekend has been a year in the planning and we are really excited that is now finally here and we can share it with so many young people! We are looking forward to all that God will do through this weekend and the friendships that will be developed in our groups and amongst the team. Thank you to everyone who has helped us and has prayed for us, we couldn’t do it without you!

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If you are joining us tomorrow, we hope you will have a safe journey and we look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Stay tuned for more updates

With love from the Quinta Team 🙂

Welcome to FUSION 2016/17

The summer holidays are over, which means that FUSION is back for a whole new year!

We hope that you have all enjoyed the summer break, whatever you were up to and are excited to get involved with FUSION this year.
Here is a bit of information about some of the things that we will be up to this year…

 

One thing that will be changing at FUSION this year is that Hannah will be working part time for FUSION and will be based at the Church Centre on a Monday to plan and make sure everything is kept up to date. If you want to meet up with her or get in touch during the week, this will be the best time to do so. You can ring the Church Centre on 0161 338 8199 or pop in between 9am and 3pm. Any other time during the week you can use our email address: stjohnsfusion@gmail.com 

If you want to keep up to date with what we’re doing then continue to use this blog and follow us on Instagram.

 

Coming Up:

FUSION returns this Monday (12th September) and we will be having a Welcome Social from 7:30 until 9pm with lots of games and activities. We look forward to welcoming everyone back and to those who are joining us in Year 7.

From Monday 19th September FUSION will meet as normal in the Church Centre. There will be time to catch up with friends, eat/drink and play games. Towards the end of our evening we will split into smaller groups to Go Deeper, this will be an opportunity to find out more about God and what it means to be a Christian. In the first half of the Autumn Term we will be inviting members from all parts of the congregation of St. John’s to come and share their story with us and find out why being a Christian is the greatest adventure! We hope that you will all stay to join us for this exciting part of our evening.

If you’re around on Sunday it would also be great to welcome you back to Rock Solid Sunday Breakfast; there will be a chance to eat breakfast, catch up and find out about what is planned for next year. Then if that isn’t enough, this Sunday (11th September), there will be a shared lunch for everyone in the church family after the 10:15 service! Everyone is welcome to join, whether you normally come on a Sunday or not, it would be great to see you there.

 

Trips and Events:

We are also planning lots of trips, socials and events for the new school year, most of these are still in the early stages of planning, but here is an idea of what we will be doing:

Sunday 11th September: Rock Solid Sunday Breakfast starts again during the 10:15am service, following by a shared lunch in the Church Centre, everyone is welcome

Monday 12th September: Welcome Social 7:30 until 9pm, St. John’s Church Centre

Monday 19th September onwards: FUSION as normal

Monday 24th and 31st October: Half Term Break

Saturday 12th November: Laser Quest (tbc)

Monday 19th December: Christmas Party

April 2017: Quinta Weekend Away (more details to be announced soon)

We hope this has given you an insight into what is going on in FUSION this year, we are looking forward to a really exciting year and we hope that you are too!

Ben and Hannah 🙂

Quinta Review 2016

Between 22nd and 24th April 20 members of FUSION (along with 12 children in Years 4-6 and 16 adults) went to the Quinta Christian Centre near Oswestry, Shropshire for a weekend away together. After the success of our 2015 visit we were very excited to go back and plans had been made throughout the year.

Here is a short review of the weekend to give you a taste of what we did:

Friday night:

Some leaders arrived at the site at about 2pm to begin setting up and get the Tesco food order! By about 6:30pm everyone was beginning to arrive, find their rooms and eat lots of great BBQ food. Parents joined in with this before beginning the journey home.

After the BBQ we joined together for an introduction into our theme of the weekend: Transformation. This was followed by a LEGO challenge where groups had to find objects to remove some LEGO from a toxic box and then build the set before the other teams to win! This was great fun and everyone got involved. By the time we had finished it was gone 9pm and time for hot chocolate. After this everyone was given free time to get their sort their rooms out, chat or use our games room. Eventually, everyone went to bed ready for an exciting day on Saturday!

Saturday:

The morning began bright and early for the leaders with a meeting at 7:30am, before everyone was woken up at 8am to get ready for breakfast. At 9am we had our first Bible study session, investigating what the verse 2 Corinthians 5:17 means to us. After this we got ready to head into nearby Oswestry for the Oswestry Challenge. The challenge involved walking around the town in groups answering questions and taking photos of our team at certain landmarks. When we had finished we visited Mollie’s, the legendary sweet shop, before heading back to the site for lunch.

After lunch we took part in an art activity, transforming old jigsaws into the letters of our first names.Later in the afternoon we played games of Manhunt and Capture the Flag in Quinta’s massive grounds.Then, we looked in a bit more detail at what being a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) means for us, before eating lots of spaghetti bolognaise and garlic bread with a pudding of ice cream and home-made chocolate sauce! After tea we had some free time before heading down to a bonfire in the grounds where we played games and toasted marshmallows!

Sunday:

We woke up again at 8am and after breakfast had our final meeting together. This gave us an opportunity to review and reflect on the weekend’s sessions and the impact it has on us. Then we got ready to go on a walk with the whole group. We walked three miles in the local area, walking into Wales and out again, visiting the gates of Chirk castle, walking across fields, through woods and along canal tow paths (including a 400m tunnel and aqueduct). The weather was lovely and we were able to have lots of conversations with everyone. By the time we returned it was time for lunch, Sunday dinner with chocolate sponge and chocolate custard! Once we had finished lunch it was time to pack up and go home!

Everyone was very tired by Sunday but had all had a great weekend together and some people even want to stay for a week next year!

If you would like to come to Quinta 2017, keep an eye out for more details here and at FUSION. Dates will be confirmed soon!

Update

Things have been very quiet on our blog over the last few months. We have had lots of new people joining in with our activities over the last term and we look forward to welcoming more over the next few months.

Here is a quick update of what we have been doing:

Rock Solid Sunday Breakfast has followed the whole church theme of Prayer during the first part of the Spring Term. We will be looking at the book of Ruth in the second half of the Summer Term. Anyone in Year 7 – 11 is welcome to join us during the 10:15 service

FUSION has been doing Alpha in the Spring Term which everyone has enjoyed and found lots of interesting questions to discuss. We still have a few sessions to complete this term so it’s not too late to join in.

We have held two film nights this term, watching the Back to the Future series, with pizza, popcorn and other snacks.

In the last session before the Easter holidays we had a great social evening with the traditional Easter Egg decorating competition (well done to the Angel Gabriegg who was the winner as judged by the St. John’s congregation) and Easter Egg Hunt. A record 30 young people attended the evening and had a great time!

Our weekend away to Quinta near Oswestry was great fun, if very tiring!

Check out our other pages to find out more about what is coming up in the Summer Term.