Friday 20th September 2019

WOODCHURCH METHODIST CENTRE

A Partnership between Woodchurch Methodist Centre and Woodchurch High School Pupils.

Since October 2012, Woodchurch Methodist Centre has been hosting 4-5 Year 7 pupils from the Work Club at Woodchurch High School. The pupils come to Woodchurch Methodist for an hour every Thursday afternoon during term time.

This has become a very fruitful partnership as good relationships have been formed between the young people and adult volunteers at the Centre. Some of the pupils were initially very nervous about leaving school to come to a Church and their awkwardness was both obvious and understandable.

Their Learning Mentor, Lynn Rule is wonderful with the pupils and she says that now they really look forward to attending on a Thursday.

We have tried to find a range of different activities for the young people to get involved with and the list below indicates just some of the different range of activities they have experienced:

  • Shoebox wrapping for Operation Christmas Child
  • Learning how to fill a shoebox with appropriate items
  • Learning how to make Exercise books to send to deprived children abroad
  • Waited on and served food at a Pensioners Tea Dance
  • Utilised the kitchen to make cakes to sell at Church and School events
  • Created Christmas Floral Table Displays
  • Set up the Church for Christmas by putting up Christmas Tree and decorations
  • Made a poster advertising a new Mums and Tots Group
  • Learnt how to make garments using a sewing machine
  • Made their own ‘Home Made Greetings Card’

From a Church Centre perspective, it has been really encouraging to see how the young people have blossomed and are ready to learn, their behaviour is always excellent and they continue to be a real credit to the school.

After our Tea Dance in December 2012, one of the residents who attended felt so moved by the support of the pupils that he wrote to us and the Head, commending the pupils and their Mentors for their helpfulness and enthusiasm, along with their respect for the elderly people who attended.
It is also good to report that the number of volunteers offering to work with the pupils and help them learn has increased significantly. Volunteers from the Centre now include Sue Foster, Wendy White, David Smith, Julie Evans, Chris Holmes, Jan Lunam and Janet Colley. All of our volunteers have been willing to share any skills they have to help benefit the young people.

As a Church Centre, we are delighted to have this link with the young people from Woodchurch High School, we look forward to their visits and we will continue to find new activities to keep them interested and hopefully help them in some small way to develop into mature young adults, keen to play their part in building relationships and working for the good of their communities.

David Smith
Church and Centre-Co-ordinator - Woodchurch Methodist Centre