Spring term dates.

Posted by GIFT admin on Jan 4, 2018 in GIFT

GIFT dates for the spring term are:

18 Jan

1 Feb

15 Feb

Half Term

1 Mar,

15 Mar

29 Mar

Easter holidays

All youth across the Stourdene  are welcome to attend if currently in Year 6 – 16 years of age.

The sessions run from 7-8.30 pm in Ettington Church, & it is free of charge.


Christmas celebrations

Posted by GIFT admin on Dec 13, 2017 in GIFT

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Over the half term, leading to our Christmas Party, we have been getting arty.
Making trees using polystyrene cones, lace, string, sequins, pom poms & anything else we
could lay our hands on. We made a bigger tree using chicken wire and pegs painted green. These were displayed as part of the Christmas Tree Festival in Ettington Church,
to coincide with the Carol Service.

Somehow, under a timer and competitively, we also managed to dress the Steves in wrapping paper, turning them into Rudolph and a Christmas chef. Separately we turned
each other into Santa Claus using Vaseline and cotton wool balls. Concluding with a Christmas quiz on our last session.
On Thursday we intend to watch Nativity and eat lots of party food.




Our latest news

Posted by GIFT admin on Nov 14, 2017 in GIFT

We’ve had a seemingly eclectic mix of themes this term.

In our first session after the Summer holidays, we reminded ourselves of the good work we did in raising £291 for Shelter and the fun we had sleeping in the church. This was followed by a guest speaker who spoke movingly of their experience living on the street; a talk that none of us will forget in a hurry.

Since then, we have worked on harvesting our God given talents and explored the meaning of light and dark, both themes that recur in the Bible.  We’ve had a little healthy competition  through games such as Unicorn (who can pile their forehead with the most biscuits like a unicorn horn) and blind bug building.

During our light meeting we used sparklers/torches to spell out a word or draw something in light.  We  recorded the results on a camera with a slow shutter speed with some stunning results.

Finally, we have begun working on our contribution to the Christmas tree festival on the 2nd and 3rd of December  in Ettington Church. Watch this space for the results!!


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Autumn dates

Posted by GIFT admin on Jul 21, 2017 in GIFT

GIFT have ended this term with a celebratory trip to Jump-in and a mad hour of trampolining. Great fun for all!

Whilst there we began thinking ahead to Autumn and have fixed our session dates till Christmas as below:

7th September

21st September

5th October

19th October

2nd November

16th November

30th November

14th December

We look forward to seeing anyone who would like to come along from year 6 primary -16 years old. We meet on alternate Thursdays from 7-8.30 in Ettington Church.  In the meantime happy holidays to all.


Sleep-in and Barbeque!

Posted by GIFT admin on Jul 10, 2017 in GIFT

We have had a busy half term learning about the charity Shelter and their vision of a safe, secure, affordable home for everyone. This has included a wide variety of activities encompassing games, blindfolded cake decorating, drawing and pottery as well as the more serious.  All culminating in a fundraising barbeque and a sleep-in the church for the youngsters.

The barbeque was attended by family and friends including the very young to the older!  Steve L did a fine job of cooking up  sausages and burgers which were accompanied by a range of donated salads.  A lot of fun was had with an old parachute and the younger children enjoyed running around the grounds –  luckily for all the weather was dry!!

Once everyone else had gone home GIFT and leaders played egg roulette and the alphabet game under the parachute. When dark we laid out our mats & sleeping bags in the church and projected the film:  ’A street cat named Bob,’ onto a big screen. Steve E made hot chocolate and some of us played board games into the early hours.  Sleep was compromised but it was a very enjoyable evening and the youngsters should be applauded for helping to highlight  the importance of  Shelter.



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