Youth Group Update Aug 2023 – Camps, Confirmations and Celebrations

Youth Group Update Aug 2023 – Camps, Confirmations and Celebrations

This term we explored what it means to live the lifestyle of a Christian, of worship, prayer, and serving in preparation for four of our members taking the step to be confirmed. The confirmation service was a wonderful celebration of faith at St Chad’s, with Bishop Arun coming to lead the service.

St Chad’s was also able to host the first year 6 residential camp for Leeds and Bradford! This is a one-night residential open to churches across Leeds and Bradford to bring their year 6s as we aim to explore the adventure of what it means to move up to year 7, facing fears, and learning to adapt to new opportunities, all rooted in the teaching of Jesus. We had lots of fun and games and travelled up to Bramhope Scout Camp as part of that adventure.

Also for the first time, we were able to take some of our youth to a Ventures Summer Camp. This was a week-long camp in the lake district, full of activities, teaching and worship, our youth really enjoyed the week as we explored who God is as well as climbing and other activities and we hope to take even more next year!


This has been a fantastic year and we are really looking forward to the new term starting up. Please pray for us to keep growing as a group and that we keep learning more about our amazing God with this amazing team at St Chad’s.

Fun, Fellowship, and Food at the MU Lunch

Fun, Fellowship, and Food at the MU Lunch

Many thanks to all who came and supported our Mothers’ Union lunch it was a great occasion with lots of good food and fellowship many thanks to Julie Houseman for the excellent buffet as always.

It was good to spend time together and meet socially and catch-up with friends past, present and to meet new friends. Some of our visitors are diocesan members who were from branches that have closed it was great for them to meet up with other members and we hope to continue this connection in the future.

Looking forward to our next events Strawberries and cream and quiz afternoon.

Elizabeth Johnson, Branch Leader.

A Right Royal Knees-Up!

A Right Royal Knees-Up!

Amy Graham looks back on the fun had at the St Chad’s Coronation Party.

On Monday 8th May, we hosted an incredible Coronation Party and welcomed all members of the community. Despite the damp weather, everyone embraced the spirit of the event to celebrate the new King. The whole event had a Union Jack theme with red, blue and white bunting and flags galore, setting the tone of a celebration. 

The small hall was set up with children’s crafts put on by the Bagnall family, with a small team of face painting, badge making and a very successful tombola. 

Outside there was the very popular BBQ with Annie and her team preparing burgers (from Headingley butchers), sausages, veggie sausages and samosas. There was an ice-cream stall, freshly made crepes and a well staffed and stocked bar, including beer, wine, ‘Pimms’ and homemade lemonade. 

The rain finally stopped to enjoy the fantastic 3 piece trio playing traditional swing jazz music. Over on the field, St Chads Scouts had set up camp activities for older children, including making S’mores (melting marshmallows sandwiched in biscuits) and there was a bell tent for crafts. Hannah and Jo helped to supervise the donkey rides up to the church. 

Inside, the main hall  was set up like a cafe with a range of delicious cakes for sale, helped along by members of our youth group. We had the pleasure of listening to Michael on his wind up ‘music box’ (which is called a Pell Organ) playing various tunes on request. There was a cut-out King Charles III and framed members of the Royal family to pop your head into! 

The event was rounded off with Clare Pascoe singing the national anthem with a resounding applause. 

The team of organisers are very grateful to all the volunteers (both before, during and after the event), St Chads Scouts and all the cake and tombola donations. We estimate that there were around 100+ volunteers  on the day that all contributed to the event’s success making around £2000; a fantastic amount, despite the poor weather. 

Just goes to show, come rain or shine we know how to bring the community together for a national event and celebration! It was a fabulous afternoon with a great turn out. Huge ‘thank you’ again to everyone who supported the event. 

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