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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We had Fun.

Posted by GIFT admin on Jan 30, 2017 in GIFT

In our first session we learned something small about each other. Then played silly games & ate sweets, hot dogs and fairy cakes.

We are looking forward to meeting again in February!

Don’t worry if you missed the first one, you are still welcome to pop into Ettington church between 7-8.30 pm on the 16th February and every fortnight from then on.



Gift is back!

Posted by GIFT admin on Jan 17, 2017 in GIFT

On January the 26th we are relaunching Gift.  We have been away for some time but we are back with an enthusiastic team which includes three young adults.

Our first taster session is at:


 Ettington Community centre,

Thursday 26th January

 7-8.30 P.M.


all youngsters who are in year 6 – 16 years of age from within the benefice are welcome.


 Future sessions will be at Ettington Church 7pm to 8.30pm

16th February

2nd March

16th March

30th March




Is summer finally here???

Posted by GIFT admin on Jul 4, 2013 in GIFT

We think summer may well be here at last! The youngsters have even managed to get outside over the past couple of months. Last night’s session was the last one in the church until September but in 2 weeks time our end of term BBQ will be held at Ettington Vicarage from 7-8.30pm for any GIFT members who wish to come along. For catering purposes it would be good if you could let Jane know in plenty of time if you are attending. Activities have been varied this term. Back by popular demand was GIFT’s own version of Blind Date (complete with terrible Cilla Black impersonations) and a St George’s day activity which included designing our own shields to reflect our interests and aspirations. Our version of ‘The Price is Right’ pitted boys against girls and tested how well we know the value of some of the goods we buy. The youngsters have had time to chill and chat, time to release some excess energy, lots of hot chocolate and, hopefully, have enjoyed themselves in the process. Leaders will be meeting up during the summer holiday to plan the autumn term and we’d like to wish a fond farewell to Steve Evans who is hanging up his hat after many years as a GIFT leader. He will be missed by the youngsters I’m sure. Mark, Jane & The Steves.

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