CAFOD Brentwood received brilliant support from schools around the Diocese during the summer term – here’s just a quick round up of some of the activities that took place:
St Winefrides Primary School in Manor Park welcomed volunteers Peter Jones and Sr Dorothy Ward to their Thank You assembly
St Antony’s, Forest Gate welcomed school volunteer John Birbeck on their Feast Day to talk about the work of CAFOD whilst in Hornchurch, St Mary’s Year 6 welcomed volunteers Joan Risby and Peter Jones for a retreat day looking at the Universal Church.
New schools volunteer, Breda Bower, visited St Joseph the Worker, Hutton again looking at the Universal Church module.
The CAFOD Group at St Bonaventure’s in Forest Gate organised a football tournament
Volunteer Joan Risby and Denise spent the day with Year 12 at the Ursuline High School in Brentwood looking at the Hungry for Change campaign and playing a simulation game about food.
A year 10 retreat day at St John Payne in Chelmsford saw volunteers Peter Jones, Joan Risby, Linda Orr, John Birbeck and Maggie Baker join Denise and Joanna for an activity packed day, starting with the Trade Game and then individual workshops including All to Play For, Prayer and Influence. The closing liturgy included aspects from all the workshops and a peaceful end to a busy day!
Volunteer Joan Risby also visited Woodlands School in Basildon where she spent the day working with the Gifted & Talented group on the theme of Enterprise and Fair Trade.
RE teacher at Palmer Academy, Gina Semambo (who also took part in a sponsored abseil for CAFOD earlier in the year) organised a CAFOD stall at the school’s International Evening and the following day volunteers John Birbeck, Peter Jones and Joan Risby spent the day with Palmer Academy Year 10 in Seven Kings looking at the causes of poverty around the world.
The students also wrote and performed poems and raps they had written on the causes of poverty and there is an example of their work “We are Hungry for Change” on Youtube
The final visit of the term was to St Angela’s in Forest Gate, where Denise attended the end of year liturgy and was presented with a cheque for £5000 raised during Lent.
A big thank you to all our wonderful schools volunteers, who also found time to attend a Come and See INSET day organised by Brentwood Religious Education Service and a Universal Church training day at Romero House.
We were pleased to attend the Brentwood Youth Service 30th Anniversary Celebration Mass in May – it was lovely to see how many people had been involved in some way with the Youth Service over the years. July’s Youth Mass was a thank you to Jon Cornwall, Walsingham House Retreat Director, who is leaving to take up a position in the Birmingham Catholic Youth Service. CAFOD Brentwood first met Jon when he attended the V Festival back in 2003! Fortunately (for Jon) no photographic evidence! We wish Jon and his family every success in Birmingham.
Many young people attended the IF Rally in Hyde Park, with Walsingham House leading the way!