Norfolk Christian project Rayzone is flourishing
A youth project in Reepham with a flourishing lunchtime club and evening youth group is looking forward to developing more opportunities to share the Christian message this school term.
Rayzone is an independent Christian charity serving the young people in and around Reepham, the the catchment area of Reepham High School and College.
It is an ecumenical project which is supported by the local Anglican and Methodist churches in Reepham. It employs a part-time youth worker, Claire Mead, who leads the work of the project.
Back in January, Rayzone began a joint project at Reepham High School and College with Simon Fenn (Children, Youth and Families Missioner- Anglican Holt Deanery). ‘Discovery Café’, a fortnightly lunchtime club, flourished in the spring term. There was a positive answer to prayer as around 20 young people were regularly coming along! Simon and Claire have already relaunched ‘Discovery Café’ for the new term. Claire will also be continuing to develop the Rayzone club at Reepham Primary School. Currently called ‘Claire’s Club’, but soon to change its name, all Year 5 and 6 students are welcome to come along for games, a variety of activities such as craft and music and a Christian message.
Claire also supports a team of volunteers who run ‘Rock Solid’ on alternate Fridays at St Michael’s, Reepham Market Place and runs Rayzone’s very own youth club on Friday evenings at Reepham Methodist Church. There has been significant growth in the youth club since January. There is now a regular attendance of 10-15 young people. Rayzone offers a safe place for young people of Year 5-6 and High School age to come and meet with their friends and enjoy being together. After discussions with the members of the youth club, nine regular members from the youth club enjoyed going on a trip to Quasar, Norwich in June and they look forward to another trip in the Autumn Term.
Recently, members of three of Rayzone’s groups, ‘Claire’s Club’, Rock Solid and the Rayzone Youth Club were invited to enjoy a fun morning out ten-pin bowling in East Dereham. Claire said, "There was a brilliant atmosphere in the morning as the young people enjoyed coming together with their friends for some competitive games of bowling. The young people were then invited to come along to the following Family Services at the Anglican and Methodist churches."
"There have been many exciting developments in the youth work in Reepham over the last year, and we to hope and pray that this will continue. I plan to keep developing the projects that Rayzone runs in Reepham by asking the young people for feedback to see what their needs are and how we can meet their needs through the activities that we provide."
If you would like to find out more about the work of Rayzone, please don’t hesitate to contact Claire Mead (Rayzone Youth Worker) on 07748 502603 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday evenings)
If you would like more information about how to support the work of Rayzone with financial giving please contact: Rachel Richmond (Rayzone Secretary) on 01603 871000 or email: email@example.com
Pictured above: young people at a Rayzone bowling trip