News From The Bus
Happy 2021! Well, a cold, damp locked-down January, but it's February and I've seen some snowdrops. God’s mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness.We said farewell to both our workers at the beginning of December as Rosie and Isaac both moved on to new ventures. We are so grateful to them both for the way they have worked hard for the charity over the last few years. Their departure coincides with continued restrictions on our youthwork due to Covid 19 and with the fact that considerable work is needed on our aging bus - or we need to purchase a new one. This means that for the first three months of 2021 we will be concentrating on sorting out the bus and on recruiting new staff. Our ministry is very much alive and well and the churches we have been working with on the East coast are looking forward to getting going again - but for now we just need to press pause.
Our heart is still to meet young people where they are, to provide a safe, welcoming space where they can feel loved and supported by the local church, and develop relationships with practising Christians in their local community.
Our Newest Trustee We welcome Rev Jo Parker to our group of trustees. Jo is the Curate at Holy Nativity Church, Eastfield, and Westway Open Arms. She is married to Rob and mum to Dan, Aran, Ruth, and Anna. Jo is originally from the fishing town of Filey and is proud to be a working-class Yorkshire girl and local Scarborough fisherman’s daughter. She has 2 dogs - Fred and Carlos, and she loves living on the coast where she can look out to sea.
We are delighted to have her on board!
During lockdown we discovered that our bus has serious mechanical problems. The first garage felt that it wasn’t financially viable to repair it. We’re planning to get a second opinion but lockdown has hampered that. In the meantime, we have had no less than five different churches and trusts offer us significant amounts of money towards a new bus, should we have to buy one. We are bowled over by the support that you have shown us! We will need to keep fundraising – kitting out a bus for youthwork is not cheap, and we would want to make sure we get a bus that will last.
Last year All Churches Trust generously gave us a grant towards our lovely batteries that run the heating; if we need a new bus we will continue to use these.
We are also looking for a trustee with experience of the practical maintenance of buses, who would be able to oversee things such organising the MOT or finding an electrician who can rewire a bus. We’d like our new youth worker to be able to concentrate on running youth work. So if you know anyone who might fit the bill, do let us know!
Jackie Cray, our Pickering Team leader, writes:
Without being able to use the bus we wondered how we could maintain connections with the young people. We have a great team of five; 2 local Vicars, a Methodist Children & Family worker, a lay worker previously a Street angel, and myself a retired Vicar. We decided to try out some detached work by setting up a marquee as a base in a park area.We did this for a month or two but found we didn’t pick up so many teenagers. Then we divided into teams and walked areas of the town and outskirts. We had conversations with groups, listened to their concerns and had opportunities to pray with some of them. There was one occasion when a group came to play with the giant Connect 4 set in the park area. One of our team shared his testimony after hearing quite a bit of foul language from them, about his own background working in the docks when he swore a lot. He shared that when he became a Christian he stopped because Christ had turned his life around and he wanted to live differently. These youngsters opened up about their own backgrounds, with one of them sharing he’d been brought up in homes and various foster families and never really felt loved. Being able to assure him that he was loved by a heavenly Father was the most important thing that happened that session. We’ve had other opportunities to pray with youth and even with one of their relatives concerned about deaths in her family. Doing the detached work has given us a profile and presence in the town and an opportunity to pray as we walk. We are currently ‘furloughed’ but look forward to many more conversations and opportunities to share God’s love when we are able to do so.
Pray With UsWe value your prayers for our work so much. Here's a few things that we would especially appreciate prayer for at the moment:
And we pray for you: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
- To have the best bus for our needs and to make good decisions about repairing or buying a bus
- To find the right people to work for the Bus Stop as youth worker, manager, and fleet manager
- To fundraise for our work with young people
- To get safely back out meeting young people where they are
That's all from us for now! Thank you for continued support and encouragement as always. If you would like to get in touch, you can do so via our website www.busstop.org.uk or at email@example.com.