Fifteen pupils from the Scripture Union travelled to Warsaw, Poland on Thursday 7th April for four days. The trip was in conjunction with a Polish charity called the Christian Joy Foundation. The team were involved in several activities over the weekend, as follows:
On Thursday, they helped at a local poor church which distributes food from the E.U. Food Bank to families in the local area. One day of food supplies was able to feed over three hundred people. The team also ran a meeting at a soup kitchen for the homeless and disadvantaged. In the evening they took part in a youth pizza evening for teenagers.
On Friday, several pupils went at 6.30am to a local bakery company to help sort bread from the previous day, which could be given to families at the Poor Church. The team boxed any bread which was still soft and this would later be distributed as part of a bread ministry.
The remainder of the time in Poland was spent leading a Joy Youth Weekend. Approximately forty-five Polish teenagers attended the weekend with several of them coming from an orphanage. The team were involved in taking part in the meetings over the weekend including singing as a team, several of the pupils shared their faith, favourite Bible verses and a couple of pupils even preached as well through a translator. The team also led workshops for the teenagers on topics such as identity, peer pressure, internet safety and image.
The weekend was a great success and we would like to thank everyone who supported the team and prayed for us while we were away.