Jump Youth Group
Our Parish Youth group "JUMP" (Jesus Use My Potential) gives young people the opportunity to meet fortnightly during term time to enjoy fun games, bible discussion and outings. Additionally once a year JUMP enjoy a weekend away in the Lake District.
In addition to joining "JUMP" our young people are valuable members of church involved in communion, operating the sound desk, helping with Children's Church, 4th Sunday and Messy Church.
We welcomed a number of new members as the school year started. Our first activity of the term was bowling at which great fun was had by all.
Over the term, up until Christmas, we focused on Moses life looking a stage each week from the "Moses basket" in the Bull rushes in the Nile to parting the red sea and the promised land.
This was a great way to focus on the life of such a prominent character of the old testament which we often only know snippets of.
The term ended with a very entertaining Christmas party including some wrapped up human Christmas presents...
Following on from the Autumn term and Moses, during the Spring term we are focusing on Jesus and the theme of blessings.
Over the summer term we had a more chilled time at JUMP with pressures of exams for a number of our JUMPers.
We focused on skills to help us in our Christian faith including navigating some bible stories and exploring different ways of praying.
Evening topics included "Prayer and our relationship with God", "The Lords Prayer unpacked!" and "An explore of prayer through walking!".
We also had a day out to Mabie Farm park which was great fun and a number of our JUMPers went to the Cumbria Christian Youth Camp @Keswick during the summer holidays.
We had a great term together and look forward VERY much to next term when we will be looking at Moses, whose story is pivotal in God’s plan and over the autumn term we will find out how.
Over this term we continued the film series looking at what it means to be a Christian which initiated great discussion and times of reflection.
The highlight of the term was our weekend away to St Johns in the Vale at the end of April this was a great weekend which 6 of our younger JUMPers attended (our older JUMPers were studying hard for exams but we thought about them a lot during our activities).
Over the weekend we focused on "The Bible" including looking at how the Old Testament and New Testament link through various activities from our "Video Challenge" to treasure hunts to Pizza making amongst many other activities. A great time had by all.
We started our term with a great evening with Canon Andrew White "The vicar of Baghdad" it was great to hear of the work Canon White has undertaken as part of the only Anglican church in Iraq. Canon White also spoke at the morning Service which can be watched here.
This led into a film series we used to study some questions about our faith including:
Jesus Fact or Fiction?
What was Jesus really like?
How can you say that God is good?
Has the Church caused more harm than good?
We are continuing this film series in our Spring 2019 programme.
We also had a great "Question time evening" with the Cumbria Police Commissioner Peter McCall where we asked questions about how his Christian Faith and job align.
Spring Summer 2018
Spring and Summer Term involved a lot of being outside, we were blessed with amazing weather, where better to be thinking about our faith than outside.
During Spring we had some great evenings studying bible passages together with evening titles including:
Total turn around! Acts 9
A stormy ride! Acts 27
‘Are they drunk?!’ exploring Pentecost Acts 2
‘Walking with a Stranger’ Luke 24
‘Empowered’ Various Acts
We finished our term with a great evening out at Crummock Water having a BBQ together and reflecting on the "picnic on the beach- Breakfast with Jesus" where great fun was had as well as reflecting on the told in John 21.
Water Sport Day
In June 2018 JUMP had a great day on Ennerdale doing a variety of Water Sports with other Church Youth Groups from around West Cumbria.
By the end of the day everyone had fallen in to the lake but everyone had beaming smiles.
In the evening after a BBQ, a small service was held around a fire.
Visit by Swedish Bible School Students.
In Mid April 2018 we enjoyed a great evening with visitors from Sweden's Word of Life Bible College based in Upsala.
The students led a very moving evening of worship, testimony and prayer.
Weekend away to Rydal February 2018
In February JUMP had a great weekend at Rydal Hall where much fun, fellowship and food was shared.
We had great weather and as you can see it really was an amazing time.
Please take a look at the videos we made during our weekend.
Worthy Widgins Bible Verse Video
Rydal Hall Weekend Away Photos
Banana Gang Bible Verse Video
Autumn and Winter of 2017-2018
During the Autumn and Winter most JUMP sessions were held indoors based on the cold dark evenings, we still had great fun including a night bowling, an evening thinking about remembrance day and many evenings involving acting or games of some form.
Three of our members head off to University July 2017
At the end of July we enjoyed a great evening led by three of our older members of JUMP who headed off to university in September.
JUMP outing with Wonder Network Youth Church to Ennerdale
A great day was had in June around Ennerdale including canoeing on the lake, archery, team challenges and sharing in Worship.
Christian Aid Evening
As part of Christian Aid Week's 60th anniversary, we had a powerful evening learning about refugees and playing a board game where we had different situations and challenges to face as refugees trying to get to a safe place.
A great evening learning about Christian Aid and the work they undertake.
Parish Administrator: Sue Lake
Phone: 01900 829926.
Hours: 0900 to 1600 Wednesday and Thursday and 0900 to 1200 on Friday.
Address: South Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RU