Bury Christian Youth would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support and prayers and to inspire you to keep praying for the work of BCY in this new season.
BCY is in touch with local schools, both by phone and email, and offers support to young people, many of whom are experiencing new problems, particularly with anxiety, uncertainty and fear about the future. As this school year comes to an end and with so much uncertainty about what school will look like in September and onwards, the BCY team would greatly value your prayers, particularly for inspiration, as it writes out plans for various scenarios so it can be as prepared as possible!
Despite this school year coming to a very abrupt end in March BCY can still look back at some real encouragements including:
- Regular weekly clubs at 7 schools, AND lots of new people!
- More Christians being involved in Explore which is great. There is a real enthusiasm for meeting together and finding a place in school where they can express their faith.
- New people coming specifically to explore the Christian faith.
- A good number of Year 8s who have faithfully come along to Rock Solid for 4 years, learning what it is to be a Christian and what the Bible has to say on relevant topics and having lots of fun at the same time!
- Continued great relationships with schools.
- A week of Prayspace at Horringer and a very apt and precious 3 days at Westley just before lockdown.
- Regular meetings with the Book Club crew (youth workers from around the town and villages), encouraging each other and spurring one another on!
- And last but not least – the arrival of Gavin!
GAVIN WRITES: “Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. My family and I have now moved to Bury St Edmunds and are enjoying life here. At the time of writing we are expecting our second child any day now, so we are very excited about this!
Despite the school closures and restrictions these past few months I have been busy working away at some fresh vision and new resources for the next season ahead. With the current restrictions we know things will look a bit different for our work going forwards, but we know God is in control and I have been reminded of that in Matthew 8 when Jesus calms the storm. We can be assured that when we look to Him we will find peace and hope in all situations. Thank you so much for your ongoing support, I look forward to meeting many of you in the near future.”
NICOLA WRITES: “Being furloughed has been an interesting experience for me. Yes, I have had more time and caught up on a few jobs, and I have kept very busy supporting family, friends and neighbours. It has also made me very aware of the way that our current situation has caused havoc and sometimes devastation, in the lives of people around us. It has highlighted again that Jesus truly is the only hope. Our young people and children need our prayers and our support; to be given hope, love and encouragement. So, as we think to the future let us be inspired and led by the Holy Spirit. When praying the other morning the verses from Isaiah 43: 19 came to mind:
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
I do believe that God is going to do a new thing. Please pray that we perceive it. He is making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland! ”