Autumn 2016

Autumn is almost here and we have had what can only be described as our busiest and most challenging year yet.  With more school and church partnerships being developed, our busiest summer programme to date and the development of our Falkirk town centre youth centre and charity base there has been little time to pause and reflect!

We hope this update will give you an insight into what God has been doing among us and through us over the year and give you lots to give thanks for and pray for.

We appreciate your ongoing support prayerfully, practically and financially as we work together to serve, encourage and equip in his name.

Go! Youth Trust, 1 Glebe Street, Falkirk, FK1 1HX

Youth Centre

In January 2016 we moved into our new premises in Falkirk town centre.  This was a major prayer point for the charity since we were established in 2011. The building, known locally as the YMCA Christian Institute, has been a centre for Christian mission in Falkirk for 136 years and we are thrilled that we get to carry on the original purpose of this building so long after God established it. The building was gifted to the charity by the Falkirk Christian Centre who had been caretakers of the building for many years.  

We have secured a major grant by Falkirk Townscape Heritage Initiative to overhaul the roof, rainwater goods and replace the windows in the building.  We also had a team from Brass Tacks recently spend two weeks with us laying the ground work for decorations internally.  

We still have some major fundraising to do in order to complete the project but we can clearly see how God has brought us to this point and we know when we commit everything to the Lord and trust in him, he will act (Psalm 37:5).

Our hope is the building will be open early 2017 and that we will be able to run 2 youth drop in's per week and a discipleship programme from the space.
Go! Youth Trust Summer Camp 2016, Inchinnan Bible Centre,

Summer 2016

Every year the summer seems to get longer and longer and this year was no exception!  We partnered with youth camps, churches and mission organisations to share the gospel with many young people and adults over the seven week summer period.  It was a privilege to be back at Ayrshire Youth Camp where I was able to share with some of the older campers around personal evangelism and lead the whole camp through our subject of Jesus "I Am..." statements.  I was back at Faskally house later on in the summer for Tayside Christian Youth Camp Juniors and shared with the campers the life of Saul and David's journey to royalty through our "Who's The Best?" teaching.

We also ran holiday clubs throughout Scotland with Greenview Evangelical Church (Glasgow), New Beginnings Church (Moodiesburn), Olivet Evangelical Church (Falkirk) and Albert Hall (Grangemouth).  Our theme this year was "Star Blazers" and we looked at the lives of Daniel and Amy Carmichael and how they both were shining examples of Christ in a dark, difficult nation.  A highlight of this work was seeing New Beginnings Church in Moodiesburn, who have never ran a children's outreach outside of Sunday School before, packed to capacity with children and parents during the prizegiving.  This has led to the church starting a weekly after school club in partnership with us and we are hopeful that this will lead to many families being saved and transformation coming to that needy community.

Finally, we organised another Go! Youth Trust summer camp for the young people we and our partner churches work with.  It was a blessing to take even more young people away than last year and to see our team of leaders and volunteers growing and strengthening also.  This is always a real highlight of the summer for Cheryll and I and we were blessed to see a number of young people come to faith through the week as well as seeing so many of the young people coming so far personally and spiritually since last year's camp.  We are so appreciative to everyone who contributes financially to the work of the camp and gives young people who otherwise would not have the opportunity a chance to meet Jesus.

School Term 2016/17

Work in schools is now getting up to full speed after the usual slow start to the school year as pupils and staff get settled and we take a breather!  Our Primary school work still centres around The Ark after school club and Go! Ahead mentoring and personal development programme.  We continue to be asked into more and more schools and so are looking for new church partnerships to be able to support this growing need.  We are excited to be starting work in 3 new areas  with 3 local churches in Central Scotland.  Please pray for the developing work in Moodiesburn, Bainsford and Langlees and Falkirk.  Please pray for us as we have conversations with more churches about how we can work together to serve young people, families and communities.

We are also looking forward to developing our work in Seconday schools and are in active discussions about how we can be serving the local high schools on a regular basis.

What's Next?

The Ark
After running the first 4 year programme in Grangemouth we are excited to be rolling the programme out across more schools and communities in partnership with local churches and schools.  Please pray for our volunteers as they visit the homes every week of the families we are working with and look to build relationships.

October Holidays
We are looking forward to spending another week with Hillbank Evangelical Church's "Globetrotters Camp" in Arbroath during the October week.  Please pray that the Spirit will move and we will see young people placing their trust in Jesus.

Dads and Lads
28th - 30th October 2016, Teen Ranch Scotland.  It's great to be able to work with MAD Ministries to organise another Dads and Lads for fathers and sons from across the country.  This is always a really special weekend as we share the gospel with many men who would not regularly hear and many who have never stepped into a church before.  Please pray for Brian Lowrie and myself as we make preparations for the weekend and for the men and boys that attend.

Future Support
Finally, as the building and its work is established and our partnerships grow we are looking for more support to be able to continue this work.  

Please pray with us as we look to grow a staff team who can take some of the burden from myself and make the most of the many opportunities that we are being provided with.  More importantly than finances please pray that God would provide the right man or woman willing to give their life for his kingdom.

"And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”  Matthew 9:35-38

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