Impact on Sunday...
This group is for those in school years 7-9 (ages 11-14) and meets during the morning service at the home of Fran and Zoe Newby in nearby Malcolm Street, to which the group walk after the first part of the service. Through bible study and discussion we want the youngsters to see that the claims of Christianity are true and important for them. We aim to help them:
Programme for 2012
Watch this space...
Last year we studied 1 Peter, have had Q and A sessions addressing the group's questions, looked at 'hot topics' eg evil and suffering, how do we know Christianity is true?' and issues related to relationships; we studied Exodus with the aim of seeing how God has revealed himself to his people Israel, his covenantal love and redemption plan; we communicated with the Farrell family on the Mercy Ship and tracked their progress.
This year we continue with studies in Acts looking at the faith and courageous defence of the gospel by the early Christians and the amazing spread of Christianity across the known world.
After Easter we will be examining how God has worked through history, in particular through people and events associated with Cambridge, i.e. the Protestant Reformation in the England, the founding of the USA, the development of modern science and constitutional government, the abolition of the slave trade and missionary expansion. We will see the significant contribution that Cambridge has made to the growth of Christianity in the modern world and the distinctives of our Reformed faith.
This term (Summer 2010) the group are studying the book of Exodus and engaging with questions in all areas of belief and the Christian life.
This past term we have been having a really fruitful time following the theme of Julian Hardyman's book Glory Days - Living the whole of your life for Jesus. By the end of April this will be completed and on 6th May we plan to take the group on a walk around the historic centre of the Cambridge including several colleges. This will provide a foundation and springboard for much of the teaching this term. We will be examining how God has worked through history, in particular through people and events associated with Cambridge, i.e. the Reformation in the England, the development of modern science, the abolition of the slave trade and the founding of the USA. We will see the significant contribution that Cambridge has made to the growth of Christianity in the West and we will examine the main distinctives behind our Reformed Theology
Activities from past years
Impact & GAP weekend at Wells-Next-The Sea - September 2006
by Martin Lown
'Abrahams Bosom' is an outdoor leisure area, only 100 metres from the fine sandy beaches of Wells-next-the-Sea. It is named from when there was no inland lake or land bank but when cargo ships, many of them owned by Jewish merchants, sailed into Wells harbour. As the sailors welcomed entry into the safety of the bay they referred to being 'carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom', or into Paradise.
It really felt like Paradise as we canoed under the clear blue sky on the calm smooth waters of the inland lake safe within Abraham's Bosom on the Saturday morning. Of course Mat M got wet as usual but all in all it was a great way to spend an hour before our next thrill of the morning - Crazy Golf. Googling 'Crazy Golf - Wells' one night at a pre-trip planning meeting had directed us the pleasures of this place. With gentle competition and the sun on our backs we were happy.
We did the usual things we have come to enjoy on the now regular trips to Wells YHA such as the beach walk (and yomping) from Wells to Holkham Bay, the traditional visit to the town sweet shop (monitored!), and spending plenty of time on the beach. As well as a gruelling game of beach Unihoc we devised our own crazy golf courses followed by fir-cone battles in the woods.
Most thrillingly however we discussed in groups the Psalmist's experiences of God and of life as a believer. We learnt how we can experience God in all kinds of situations and through these times, which are good and bad, we come to understand Him better. We learnt that by remaining faithful to Him we can even grow in our faith. We thank God for the interest and the discussions.
We 'block booked' the YHA and self-catered again (thanks to Rebecca) and used the neighbouring WI hall. Sixteen youngsters attended led ably by Chris and Rebecca Anderson, Eleanor Davies, Lynn Martin, Chris Rimmer, Lauren Villnow and myself.
We thank you for your prayers and God for safety and a great time, that He was with us in our discussions, the fun and games, as we enjoyed being together in this special part of God's creation in North Norfolk.
Impact & GAP Residential Trip to Wells-Next-The Sea - 23-25 September 2005
In 2004 the rain had prevented us taking the trip to see the seals. 2005 was different. So with the sun on our backs and the estuary calm we had a splendid start to the Saturday, taking a boat to see the seals at Blakeney Point with an hours 'drop off' on The Point to walk and play Frisbee. With lunch on nearby Holkham Beach followed by games and an expedition to the sea we couldn't have hoped for a better day. It's a case of simple pleasures in this area of outstanding natural beauty including walking the streets of this quaint one-time port.
The setting is really conducive to quality time together and with a Friday evening talk and three Bible studies on being a follower of Jesus we were able to have some excellent conversations with the youngsters - not to mention the value of the youngsters just being together, developing their friendships and having fun. The nearby WI hall is a wonderful provision for Saturday evening games and when the weather turned inclement.
Visiting North Norfolk is always memorable and no more so when you sense God has been at work in the hearts of minds of the group you are taking. We did appreciate and sense the prayers of the church.