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Changes to our Youth Work

We now have exciting changes to our youth groups from age 11 upwards. See below for details.

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Park Church Stoke Youth Group Logos The Rock

The Rock Ages 11 – 16   

The Rock meets fortnightly from the first Friday of every month 7:30 – 9pm (term time) in the church for children aged 11-14. They do a variety of sports, games, trips to bowling alleys, lazer quest and the like with a short time looking together at the Bible. Come and join us – it’s fun and free!

Park Church Stoke Youth Group Logos(1) Cornerstone

Cornerstone Ages 14-18

Cornerstone meets on alternate Fridays to The Rock at the church 7:30-9:30pm for Youth aged 13-18. We’ll enjoy time playing sports and a bit more ‘off the wall’ team games. This group also has time for the youth to sit down with their leaders and investigate who Jesus is, for themselves. Come along to join in the fun and find out more!

Park Church Stoke Youth Group Logos(2) Keystone

Keystone Ages 13-18

Keystone meets every Sunday Term time, 6:30- 8:30pm at the church for those aged 13-18. We’re a youth bible study group who take time to look through the bible, understand it and see how it applies to us today as Christians. We also have monthly Hot Topics that discuss various controversial or everyday topics that we don’t always talk about enough as Christians. Come along for food, a few games and to grow in faith together!

Check the calendar for dates.

Please email Becky for any further help, she will be pleased to hear from you.

Christmas 2020

Christmas won’t be the same this year for any of us. But the message of Jesus is still as perfectly relevant as ever. Do join with us in person or online as we celebrate and remember Jesus, the Light of the World.

Children: join our real-live live Nativity Trail through Hanley Park – and don’t forget to bring a torch!

In person: book to join one of our Christmas services. Sunday 20th December, 4pm or 5:30pm, or on Christmas Dav at 10:30am.

Online: all our services go out live on YouTube. It’s not the same as being there in person, but for those who need to isolate, it’s great. We’d especially recommend the Christmas service at 4pm on Sunday 20th December.

In the Bleak Midwinter

We’re not sure whether we’ll be able to sing at the Christmas service this year. But we thought it would be nice to have a socially-distanced church choir to lead one of our songs at the carol service. The idea is to have as many videos as possible of people singing this carol. And we’ll edit it together and make it look and sound nice.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the best voice in the world – your voice won’t be heard above the others.

Top tips for making a great recording:

  • Listen to the backing track on headphones. Then use a different phone to record yourself.
  • Warm up your voice first – do a couple of practise runs in the car when no-one is listening!
  • Prop your phone up against something so it stays still.
  • Make your video in “portrait” (keep your phone vertical).
  • If you have a choice of resolution, set your phone to the highest quality it can do.
  • Try to make sure there’s more light on your face than behind you. That way you’ll avoid being in sillouette.
  • Try to smile: you’ll look better on camera, and you’ll sing much better too!
  • Send your recording to Jon or Patch by WhatsApp or email.

Easy backing track

Melody line (soprano)

More tricky backing tracks for those who are more confident

Alto
Tenor
Bass

Lyrics

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan;
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain,
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty —
Jesus Christ.

Angels and Archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air;
But only His Mother
In her maiden bliss
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a Shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.

Advent Devotionals

This has been a year of deep darkness, and more than ever we need to fix our eyes on Jesus who is the Light. As part of that, we’re doing a series of short devotionals this Advent. Parents might want to download a colouring sheet to go with the series for younger children.

An introductory video is below or you can watch the whole series, as they are released.

Becky Hepworth – Minstry Trainee: Youthwork

Becky is originally from just outside Oxford and came to Stoke to study “History & Criminology” at Keele University.

Since her degree, she’s completed the Relay Programme with UCCF.

After 3 years of attending Park and helping out with kids and youthwork, Becky has decided she would very much like to stay here full time.

Becky is a self-proclaimed old soul and loves old music and movies – especially from the ’80’s! She loves spending time in God’s creation which helps her to be creative, loves cooking and loves deep conversations.

‘British Public Turn To Prayer & Online Services’

The headline of the Guardian newspaper this week (14.05.2020) as Christians worldwide have remained one in Christ by worshipping together online.

The survey of more than 2,000 people, commissioned by the Christian aid agency Tearfund and carried out last weekend, found that a third of young adults aged between 18 and 34 had watched or listened to an online or broadcast religious service, compared with one in five adults over the age of 55.

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