Connect is our quarterly newsletter including a focus for prayer, event updates, news, announcements, job opportunities and specific prayer points for our events.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
It's good to be reminded of the word 'plans'. In case you've forgotten, plans are what we used to make before Covid!
As we look back with disappointment on a year of cancelled plans (in our case houseparties, camps and events), we can also reflect on rich but unexpected blessings. We're learning that our hope doesn't rest in our plans but in God and his plans for us. From this place of hope and reliance we begin to rebuild, holding plans lightly, listening to God, ready to adapt, and all the time trusting Him for our future.
We want to share our lightly held, flexible plans for next year with you:
- We won't be producing a full brochure of our events for 2021. Sorry.
- Watch this space though because in November we will send a 'save the date' card of the events we have started to plan (Youth, Family and Adult).
- Our hope, prayer and aim is to restart residential events with Easter Youth Camps.
- Bookings will not open for any events until January at the earliest.
- We will keep you updated with developments and highlight any online alternatives if residential events can't go ahead.
The verses from Jeremiah form part of an invitation. One that must have sounded so sweet - come home! To a familiar place, a place filled with memories, a place to be with your friends and families, a place to be with God. That same feeling of 'coming home' is one many of us feel when arriving at a Stewards' Trust event. God willing, we invite you to join us again in 2021.
Ultimately, these verses also form part of an invitation to rebuild - a city, a nation and relationship with God. We invite your help as we also seek to rebuild - our ST 'family', our communities of discipleship. We need you, our amazing volunteers, more than ever - youth leaders, musicians, cooks, hosts. Will you join us in the rebuilding of something unique, beautiful and treasured by so many?
Catalyst 2020 going online:
Calling Strust Youth in school years 10 to 14. Catalyst, our ever-popular Christmas Camp, is going online.
It's running on 19th and 20th December and will be a free event - donations towards our running costs are welcome.
Contact email@example.com for more details.
Join us for fun, friendship and faith!
Alex is our new Discipleship and Leadership Apprentice (DLA).
Sadly, we could only take on one DLA this year due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid BUT God has given us such a gift in Alex. He is already making a great contribution and it feels like he's always been part of the team.
The DLA is a year-long role with ST helping to develop young Christian leaders by combining great training (HTB, OneLife and ST) with hands on experience as a youth worker. We call it 'discipleship through doing'.
Hannah's new role.
Hannah was one of our first DLA's last year and we're delighted that she's sticking around to lead our student work alongside her own Masters.
It's a new role but one Hannah has amazing vision and passion for.
If you're at university then why not get involved and help Hannah and others build something that impacts student communities throughout the country?
She'd love to hear from you or have you join other students for weekly prayer and bible study. Drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
ST prayer focus:
There's no doubt this is a challenging year but God has been blessing us and helping us to bless others in ways we wouldn't have imagined at the start of the year. We therefore start with thankfulness and ask God to help us continue fulfilling our vision and mission in new ways.
Our big prayer is that we would be able to restart residential events safely from Easter, which is when our main youth camps happen. If that becomes possible then we need to have started planning now but this is extremely difficult with so much uncertainty. It is bit like skiing in a white-out! We pray for wisdom and discernment for all our volunteer teams and our staff as we navigate with poor visability. May God lead us day by day.
We're excited and grateful to have new leaders for a number of houseparties and events. It's an 'interesting' time to step into leadership and so we pray their faithfulness will be especially blessed.
Our events require amazing teams of volunteers. God has always blessed us abundantly in terms of quantity and especially quality. We pray this would continue to be the case, even after the break of a year.
Finally, at the start of lockdown we felt God was teaching us about the importance of fallow in farming - a time when the soil recovers, a time of preparation. We felt God say a bumper harvest would follow our fallow. Lord, may it be so!
ST zoom prayer meeting:
What can we say, we've missed you! Missed seeing you and missed praying with you. That's all about to change though...
Tomorrow from 8:30am to 9:00am and every 4th Thursday, we restart our Stewards' Trust open prayer meeting on Zoom. It was a highlight of full lockdown for many and now seems like a good time to reconnect in this way.
This month, we will be praying for students and Hannah Kelly, our new student worker, will be leading.
For zoom login details, please contact email@example.com