Whit Walk 2017

On Sunday 4th June FUSION joined with the rest of the St. John’s family to take part in our annual Whit Walk.

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This is a local tradition where churches walk around their community to witness to those they see. ‘Whitsun’ is also called Pentecost, which comes 6 weeks after Easter and celebrates the birth of the Christian Church, when the Holy Spirit came to Jesus’ disciples.

Before we left church, Tim spoke to us about the importance of not just following the traditions of the church but to live it out every day.

At 10:30 we all gathered outside church with our brass band (thanks to New Mills Brass Band!) ready to leave together. For 2017 we had brand new banners which tell everyone who St. John’s church is and what we do.

 

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Some members of FUSION came along to walk together and carry our banner. We enjoyed spending time together, walking and singing (as well as the snacks!), even if we did get caught in the rain!

When we returned to church everyone joined together for refreshments in the church centre; including the famous Raspberry Buns!

 

 

We hope to see even more people joining us next year ūüôā

 

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Spring Update

The Spring Term is over at FUSION and we have had a great term investigating some of life’s Big Questions. A few weeks ago we invited Tim (our vicar) and Stuart (our associate minister) to FUSION to answer some of the biggest questions we had and we had a really good evening.

As the end of the Easter Holidays approaches here is an update of what we have been up to…

FUSION Easter Social, Monday 27th March:

The last FUSION of the term was our Easter Social and as is tradition we held the ever popular Easter Egg Decorating Competition and Easter Egg Hunt.

There were lots of entries into the Easter Egg Competition and some of the young people had even planned their ideas before they came! The judging was open in the Church Centre until after Worship Group on the Friday evening. Prizes were given out on Easter Sunday and the results are as follows:

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1st Place: Shosteggovich by Bethany

 

At the end of the evening we held our Easter Egg Hunt across the church and church centre. We bought a LOT of chocolate and so everyone was able to find loads. There were 10 special Creme Eggs hidden for those that were our expert hunters; however, at the end of the evening two eggs remained hidden!

 

Altogether it was a fantastic evening and 34 young people joined in. We hope you have all had a lovely holiday and we will see you at Quinta!

Looking Ahead:

Quinta is THIS weekend!

We’re really excited that Quinta is now only a few days away.¬†If you have any last minute questions about our weekend away,¬†please get in touch with Hannah or Ben as soon as possible.

While we’re away, look out for updates on what we are up to on our blog, Instagram or St. John’s Facebook page throughout the weekend

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Quinta Celebration All Age Service, Sunday 7th May:

Come and find out what we got up to at Quinta as a family on Sunday 7th May. As part of the 10:15am service we will be joining together to share what we got up to with the rest of the church family. There will be songs, talks and the premier of the Quinta 2017 video!

Why not invite family to find out more too.

FUSION Connect Group:

This new group will be for those in Year 9 and above and will be starting after the Easter break. We will meet in Ben and Hannah’s house and will be able to investigate life’s big questions in a deeper way. A day and time will be sent out to those concerned as soon as possible.

For more information, speak to Hannah and Ben.

ROCK SOLID Breakfast returns after Quinta, Sunday 30th April

FUSION returns on Monday 1st May with a Bank Holiday Social, 7:30 until 9pm in the Church Centre.

Apologies for the long break, but we will all need a rest (and to catch up on homework) after Quinta!

Christmas Events at FUSION 2016

Christmas is approaching and there are loads of things that you can get involved with at FUSION this Advent.

FUSION Christmas Party:

Monday 19th December 7:30 until 9pm

The last FUSION of 2016 will be our Christmas Party with games, biscuit decorating, party food and a Christmas fancy dress competition. Fancy dress is optional and should be anything on a Christmas theme; there will be prizes for the best dressed!

It would be great to see lots of people there; if you would like to invite friends please speak to Ben or Hannah so that we can make sure that we have the correct amount of resources and food. Any questions, just ask.

 

Events at St. John’s:

Christingle Service Sunday 4th December at 10:15am

We want to invite everyone who is involved in FUSION to come and join our Christingle service on Sunday 4th December. This will be an All Age service with activities for everyone in the family. There will be songs (including carols), a short talk and Christingles towards the end of the service. Even if you have never been to one of our services before we would love to see you. The service will last about an hour and there will be tea/coffee and toast in the church centre afterwards.

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Nativity from Scratch: Sunday 18th December at 10:15am

An opportunity for the whole church family to get involved with a Nativity play! Dressing up is optional but everyone is encouraged to join in. There will be prizes for the best dressed child and adult! The service will last just under an hour, with refreshments afterwards.

Carols by Candlelight: Sunday 18th December at 6:30pm

Every year hundreds of people from all over Tameside come along to our Carol Services. This is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends to come and sing traditional carols (and some new ones) by candlelight. Get there early to make sure you get the best seat. Mince pies and refreshments will be served after the service.

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Christmas Eve Midnight Communion Service at 11:30pm

This is a great way to welcome in Christmas Day with a late night service, which includes carols, a short talk and communion. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Christmas Day Celebration at 10:15am

An interactive All Age service for everyone to celebrate Christ’s birth together. There will be carols, a short talk and communion. Bring your presents along to show off to the congregation!

 

We would love to see lots of members of FUSION and their families getting involved with our Christmas activities. If you would like any more information about them then either get in touch through this blog or by speaking to Ben and Hannah.

 

 

FUSION Update October Half Term

We have had a great start to the academic year at FUSION with over 35 different young people coming to at least one of our events. Here is our review of the term so far…

 

Sunday Breakfast:

This term we are beginning our series studying the story of the Bible, as well as having breakfast together during the 10:15 service, we are creating a piece of artwork that we hope will be put on display when it is completed. So far we have looked at how God created a perfect world so that humans could live in a relationship with him, but unfortunately things didn’t quite go to plan and sin came into the world.

We will be having a break for half term this week (23rd October) but we will be back on 30th October.

FUSION (Mondays 7:30 until 9pm):

This term at FUSION, as well spending time getting to know each other and playing games, we are having visitors from throughout the St. John’s congregation come and share their story about how they became a Christian and the impact it has had on their life. The series began with Hannah and Ben sharing their stories; since then we have a wide range of stories, from the dramatic and at times scary, to the gradual processes of going to church all their lives.

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Abe the dog really enjoyed his first visit to FUSION when his owner, Trev, shared his story as part of our Autumn series.

FUSION is having a break for Half Term over the next two weeks (24th and 31st October). We will be back as normal on Monday 7th November.

Coming Up – Laser Quest 12th November:

We have arranged a trip to Laser Quest at the Trafford Centre for Saturday 12th November. Letters have been sent out and there is a limit on the number of places available. If you would like to come but haven’t sent back your letter then you need to return it as soon as possible before 1st November – there’s only 5 spaces left!

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If you are joining us for Laser Quest then we will be meeting at the Trafford Centre at 10:45, playing two games (with a 25 minutes break in the middle) and should be finished by about 12:30. Thanks to all those who have offered lifts, we will be arranging them and getting in contact with you in the next couple of weeks. Payment can be made any time up to the day.

Any problems please speak to Hannah or Ben.

 

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.

COMING SOON…

FUSION are going to Laser Quest on Saturday 17th October.

If you planning to come and you haven’t had the details then please contact Hannah and Ben ASAP.

There will be NO FUSION on Monday 26th October because of half term.

FUSION will be back on Monday 2nd November with a BONFIRE SOCIAL at the usual time.

Further ahead:

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On 15th November a visitor from Open Doors will be coming to church to speak about her experiences in North Korea. This will be a really interesting insight into the work that Open Doors do to support persecuted Christians around the world. As a result there will be no Rock Solid breakfast on this day. We will be looking at the work of Open Doors in a bit more detail on 8th November.

UPDATE 9th March

Normality will be restored next Sunday (16th March)!

For those of you who have been around over the last couple of weeks you will know we haven’t been allowed in church due to storm damage, but I am pleased to announce that the building work will be completed tomorrow and normality will be restored for next Sunday morning!

This means that ROCK SOLID Sunday Breakfast will be back to normal and there MIGHT even be bacon butties on the menu!!

Come along at 10:15am for a great time together of food, drinks and fellowship as we continue looking at the book of Mark and what Jesus came to Earth to do. A 50p donation towards breakfast would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Meanwhile, at FUSION we will be starting the all new Youth Alpha series this Monday which will run for the rest of the year. Alpha is a course that looks at meaning of life and tries to discover if there’s more to life than this?

Find out more on the Alpha page…

 

COMING SOON:

As the weather starts to get warmer, the FUSION team are coming up with lots of ideas for trips and socials, all will be revealed very soon!