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TERM DATES:
– Pathfinders​ ​
resumes Sunday ​10th September (All-Age service, including some Soul Survivor feedback Sun 3rd Sept

– Deep
resumes Sunday 3rd September, 8.00-9.30pm

​resumes on Friday ​15th​ ​September, 6.30-8pm
– After 8
​resumes on Friday ​15th​ ​September, 8.00-9.30pm
OTHER DATES / EVENTS COMING UP:

Thursday 21st September, 4.30-6.00pm (the third Thursday of the month in term time, so Thursday 19th October and Thursday 16th November also this term)
The Haven – a safe space for young people dealing with stress and anxiety.
(http://www.the267project.com/event/the-haven-st-albans-2/ hosted at St Paul’s)

1) “REBOOT”, Youth Apologetics Day Conference
Saturday 23rd September, 10.00-5.30pm (plus travel time)
Meeting time of 8.50am at St Albans Station (inside the main entrance), return expected to be around 6.30pm
Location – Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3DW (near Westminster and St James’s Park tube stations)
 
** This is aimed at older youth and I’m happy to take anyone from school year 9 and upwards, so After 8 and Deep ages **
An interactive day for young people to ask their big questions about God, e.g.
   * Can you believe in science and God?
   * Why does a God of love allow suffering?
   * What about other religions?
It provides a place for those with or without any faith or church background, to raise their objections and investigate different perspectives on life.  The event is run by the Zacharias Trust, has a team of world-class apologists and is expected to draw up to 1000 young people from far and wide.  Last year they sold out, so keen to book some tickets soon!
St Paul’s will fund the ticket cost of £10 for the day.  You would ideally need to cover:
  1) Transport cost of return train and Underground ticket to Westminster (St Albans – West Hampstead – Westminster on the Jubilee line is my planned route)
  2) Packed lunch for the day

ACTION POINT

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please respond to Michael ASAP (and by the end of Friday 15th September at the latest) via e-mail with your permission for attendance

2) “LOVE LONDON” EVENT
Saturday 7th October, 8.45-5.15pm
Location – various locations around London, starting at Christchurch, Fulham
** This is for children aged 9-14, so relevant for Pathfinder ages up to school year 9 **
On Saturday 7th October we are taking a group of children from St Paul’s to children’s prayer event called ‘Love London 2017’ organised by Children Changing Nations. This event is open to children aged between 9-14 years so we are hoping to take children from both Explorers and Pathfinders.  

This will be a day long event and we will be meeting at St Albans City Train Station at 8.45am and will be returning around 5.15pm. We will be travelling to Christchurch, Fulham, where the day will begin with a time of worship and preparation for the missions. With their leaders, your child will then go by Tube to Westminister and where the aim is to share God’s love through prayer and prophetic acts through prayer activities that release them to share the hope of Heaven; bringing love, joy, peace and justice with them wherever they go. In previous years the event has had groups of children on missions to significant places. This year the young people will stay together for most of the day, with choices connected to Westminster Houses and the London Eye and be a voice together for our nations. From my previous experience, these events as well as being extremely well organised and lots of fun to be involved with often act as a significant time for children’s faith as they are given opportunities to step out away from “normal” Sunday mornings. 

Please visit the website www.childrenchangingnations.org.uk/stories for stories of what happened during previous Operation London events and more information on Children Changing Nations. Examples include “Operation Daniel” in which children went to deliver prophetic art to our Prime Minister; “Operation Tourist Trail” in which children handed out prophetic art to tourists on the South Bank; “Operation Worship Pod” when children worshipped and prayed on the London Eye; and “Operation Heal the Sick” where children met the chaplain at St Thomas’ hospital, prayer walked the hospital and delivered prophetic art to the children’s wards.

The cost of the event should be around £12 a child, but if cost is an issue please speak to us, and children are asked to bring a packed lunch and a rain jacket and wear sensible shoes. 

We need to register in advance for this event so if your child would like to attend please return the consent form (which is on page 9 of the attached document) and money (cheques payable to St Paul’s PCC) by the 15th September to Jennifer, Michael or the Church Office. 

We really hope your child can join us for this event. Any further information can be found on the website http://www.childrenchangingnations.org.uk/lovelondon/

ACTION POINT – please could you speak to your child(ren), discuss if they would like to come and then return a completed consent form to Michael ASAP (and by the end of Friday 15th September at the latest) and we will then book tickets.

Tuesday 31st October, 7.30-9.00pm
Light Night event for youth at St Paul’s Church (alternative to Halloween)
Or 6.00-7.30 for children (0-10s) http://www.stpauls-stalbans.org/superheroacademy/

Saturday 2nd December
“Love Christmas” event at St Nick’s, Harpenden (run by the 267 Project)

Thursday 21st December, 7.00-9.00pm
Fuel / More Christmas event (run by the 267 Project)

Saturday 30th December 2017 – Tuesday 2nd January 2018
New Year’s Houseparty at Feldon Lodge, Hemel Hempstead (school years 9+)
(run by the 267 Project, see http://www.the267project.com/event/new-years-house-party-30th-dec-2nd-jan-2018/)

 

REALLY ADVANCED DATE:

Soul Survivor 2018

After an amazing summer 2017 with 43 from St Paul’s loving their time at Soul Survivor, a few parents have already asked me about 2018 dates for their summer planning.  We will review soon, but we will likely go for Week B, which is 18-23rd August 2018, or possibly Week C, which would be 24-29th August 2018.  Hope that’s a helpful guide for now (i.e. book your family holiday in advance of 18th August if your kids want to be able to come to Soul Survivor)!  https://booking.soulsurvivor.com

STUDENTS UNIVERSITY PREPARATION:
 
1) THE WORLD OF UNI (according to students who’ve been)
Wednesday 6th September, 6.00-8.30pm
LOCATION – Forest Town Church, Lyon Way AL1 0LB
FREE 
 
We know that being a student is a great opportunity and can bring a huge amount of quality times. But we are also aware that some apsects can be tough. As you head back to Uni, or are off to Uni for the first time, we want to pray for you, feed you and allow you to share your concerns and hear from guys who’ve made it through. Join us for an evening of fun, food, insight, prayer and cunning cooking tips!
 
ACTION POINT – just turn up, but a quick message to me to give me an idea of numbers would be helpful if possible.
 
2) MONEY MANAGEMENT COURSE 
CAP (Christians Against Poverty) 
Wednesday 13th September, 7.45-9.30pm
LOCATION – Nick Salisbury‘s house (church warden)
FREE, with drinks and pizza provided (so it’s perfect for students on a budget!).
This is a fantastic short evening course to give money management advice and practical tips, specifically aimed at those who are at or about to go to university.  I will be there and recommend it highly.  Parents, you may benefit in the long run too, so please encourage your kids there if you can!
ACTION POINT – please can you e-mail me and Nick Salisbury by SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER if you/your son or daughter are planning to attend.