Aftershock is for 11-18 year olds and meets on Sundays in the Parish Rooms from 7.00 – 8.30pm during term time except on the 1st Sunday of each month when it forms part of H2H. It is a chance to socialise, learn and enjoy each other’s company and there’s normally food involved! Young people from other churches and non-churchgoers are all welcome.
Aftershock Programme Autumn 2018
If you would like to join or find out more about Aftershock then please contact Matt Williamson who is our full time Children and Youth Leader and is always happy to be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on his mobile: 07794 518 907.
Soul Survivor July 2019
A chance for members of Aftershock to attend the last Soul Survivor camp at the Peterborough showground from 16th to 22nd July 2019.
Find out more about Soul Survivor here: https://soulsurvivor.com/summer/
Some recent ventures:
Saturday 18th to Thursday 23rd August 2018 at the Peterborough Showground. 5 young people from our church joined with another 15 people from the Colchester area to attend Soul Survivor at the Peterborough Showground for 6 days in August 2018. Thanks to Nicola, Tracey, Helen and Matt who accompanied the group.
Aftershock fund-raising meal for Jimmy’s Night-shelter 6 January 2018
Congratulations to our Aftershock youth group which raised a record £2,033.75 for Jimmy’s Homeless in Cambridge with their charity dinner on January 6th 2018. Thanks also to Tracey Nicholls, our chief chef, and to Matt Williamson our youth leader and to our 48 guests for their generous donations. Find out more about Jimmy’s on their website here.
9 members of our Aftershock youth group joined thousands of other youngsters to explore the Christian faith at the Peterborough Showground from 19 to 24th August 2017. Many thanks to those you helped to make this possible and especially to Helen and Tracey for the excellent catering and to Nicola and Matt. See photos of this event here.
Aftershock present cheque to Jimmy’s – January 2017
On Sunday, a group of young people from Aftershock Youth Group at St Mary’s Church, visited Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge to hand over a cheque for £1,535 which they raised by hosting a Christmas meal. The young people helped to prepare and serve a three course dinner and provided entertainment between the courses which included; dance acts, singing, an amusing monologue and a ‘interesting’ rendition of the 12 days of Christmas. See more photos of this event here.
During their visit to Jimmy’s, the young people had the opportunity to find out more about the night shelter and how it operates by posing their questions to Henry Brown who manages the centre. They also enjoyed a tour of the facilities.
Aftershock Christmas Meal fund-raising for Jimmy’s Night-shelter 11 December 2016
Aftershock raised over £1,535 for Jimmy’s Night Shelter for the homeless in Cambridge. Thank you to our youth group for their help in prepping the food, setting up the room, serving the food and entertaining us. Thanks also to our brilliant chef Tracey for some amazing food and to Matt for organising the event, and to the 49 guests who made donations. We were joined by Sara Dunn & Barry Griffiths from Jimmy’s who talked to us about the work that they do. See photos of this event here.
At the end of July we took 6 young people from Aftershock to Soul Survivor in Stafford. We met up and camped with our friends from Colchester and had a great time worshipping and learning more about God.
In February half term we took 12 young people to Kingsgate Church in Gorleston for a weekend away. The church is more like a community centre with meeting rooms which we turned into bedrooms and a big hall which they use for their Sunday celebration. The young people invented a great game which involved the floor being lava which, when stepped on, would cause a dramatic death! While we were there we looked at the book of Job which was very challenging and brought up lots of questions about suffering and why there is so much in the world. As well as the bible studies we went for a walk on the beach, played a couple of games of quasar and had a film night watching Big Hero 6. My guess is that the young people enjoyed the weekend away as the journey home in the minibus was very quiet. Matt Williamson
Thank you to members of our Aftershock church youth group who arranged this most successful fundraising dinner which raised £1208.75 for Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge.
At the end of July, Aftershock travelled 3 hours to Stafford show ground to join 5000 other young people at Soul Survivor 2015. This year we camped with youth groups from Tiptree, Marks Tey, Coggleshall, Chelmsford and Castle Headingham again, with a total of 48 people in our camp.
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