‘An Authentic day of kindness’

Day of Kindness group

Authentic Action with St Johns Youth

On the last Saturday of August 2014, at the end of the school holidays, 30 young people and 11 leaders from St John’s youth ministry gathered together with a mission – to share the love of Jesus in action to our community.

It was a great occasion in which we made a visible impact on the area and the people we met, had a load of fun whilst doing it and gave a fitting send off to Jon Tattz as the last event he would be involved in as Youth Pastor.

We spent a large part of the morning litter picking and clearing up a stretch of the Harborne walkway with support from the Woodgate Valley Country Park rangers.  In the two hours we spent on Harborne Walkway we managed to fill two trailer loads of rubbish, a fantastic effort.

Meanwhile another team of a few young people took to Harborne High Street to give out FREE chocolate bars to all they passed. It didn’t take long for 200 chocolate bars to go but it was amazing to see how sceptical people were when offered a FREE chocolate bar and how genuinely thrilled they were when they came to realise there really were no strings attached!

One person contacted the church afterwards through the website and said: “At first I was a bit dubious as normally you don’t get anything for free but I was told, it’s a gift.  To say it made my day was an understatement…”

After a quick lunch back at the church, we spent the afternoon in the Woodgate Valley Estate surrounding the St Francis Centre where our very own Tom Milton works during the week. Teaming up with local volunteers from the area we again took to litter picking, clearing up the area and handing out free chocolate.

The amount of rubbish we managed to collect meant we had to take some back to church with us because we’d already filled the bins at the St Francis Centre.

It was a tiring day but a fun one, and hopefully something we’ll be able to do more of soon. The amount of rubbish we collected and the response of individuals to our chocolate gifts just showed how important the love of God is needed in our community.

It was great for us as a youth group to get outside the walls of the church to put our faith into action.

Report by Ben Baker
Children’s and Youth Department

10th Sep 2014 Posted in: News, St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 0

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