Shoebox background Sept 2015

Ever heard or been involved with packing shoeboxes full of nice goodies and presents for children to then be sent off somewhere as a Christmas present?

We are doing it too!

The West of England Baptist Church is partnering up with churches in Albania to personally send over shoebox presents directly this autumn. This is a great opportunity to bring thoughtful and practical gifts and know personally who you are sending it to! Also we can make sure those who receive them will get them for Christmas rather than Easter!

There is even space for a few young people to come out and give them out in Albania! (Talk to Fiona for more details).

It takes a while for the lorries to get from here to there so the need to set off in October. Which means we need to get our boxes filled, ready and brought to our harvest celebration on October 4th 2015.

It would be AMAZING if we could fill 4 boxes as a youth group! In our groups there are tickets with different item ideas for you to buy. We have 4 of each type of ticket to try and help us avoid having just one box of toothbrushes! Of course you are welcome to buy more than one item, but don’t feel pressured to.

Bring your item to your group as soon as possible so we can fill the boxes before harvest on October 4th.

Didn’t get a ticket? Not sure what to get? Want to make up your own box with your family or friends at school? Here is a list of what we are asking for suitable for children aged between 4-11 years old: 


  • W – Something to wash with – please put in some hygiene items –toothbrush/paste/soap /flannel.
  • E – Something Educational – pens/ruler/erasers/notepad/sharpener/calculator/crayons.
  • B – A Bar of chocolate or Bag of sweets. Please ensure they do not expire before January 2016.
  • O – Something to put On – gloves/scarf/hat/hairclips/sunglasses/jewellery.
  • X – Something eXciting – any other games/toys/items you think a child would be pleased to receive.



Upper Room Sundays Term 1 2015

13/9/15 We are looking at being a person of PEACE with Phil and Ruth

20/9/15  We are asking what should be do when we are in conflict or have arguments with Fiona and Phil

27/9/15 Time to take time out and spend time praying over different areas in the lives of others and ourselves with Fiona with the launch of our prayer space.

4/10/15 This Sunday we are looking at forgiving, how we forgive others and if there anything that is un-forgivable.

11/10/15 Join Geoff and Phil looking at kindness, how important is it?

18/10/15 Its a mystery! Find out what is happening with Phil and Fiona on the day!

25/10/15 Bring your thoughts and ideas for how to lead our main church service in November for this planning session with Fiona and James.

1/11/15 Join James and Ruth looking at Faithfulness, how do we keep going when things are difficult?


Coming up in Term one @ Upper Room XL

10/9/15 We have the opportunity to make bracelets. We will also be discussing our social action, how do we fundraise to contribute towards fitting out a new community centre in Bulgaria.

17/9/15 We are going to try out making donut waffles!

24/9/15 Make sure you come hungry, we are sitting down to eat a  meal together.

1/10/15 Getting the Hama beads out to make new designs!

8/10/15 CLOSED Due to illness in the staff team

15/10/15 We are running a holiday club in the half term, we’d thought we could use your help in making props!

We are closed for half term- 22/10/15 and 29/10/15

We are back on 5/11/15

Coming up in Term one @ Upper Room Fridays

11/9/15 We are making friendship bracelets, looking at questions from our question box and asking what games shall we plan for the rest of the term!

18/9/15 We are experimenting with making donut waffles, watching a Nooma DVD and discuss what we watched and get a group game going.

25/9/15 We are at The Mix!

2/10/15 We are breaking out the Hama beads and making designs as well as getting into our question box again.

9/10/15 We are making Fairy cakes, discussion from YW magazine and a group game.

16/10/15 We are hosting an activity night! Details to come!

We are close for half term (23/10/15 and 30/10/15)

6/11/15 We are off to see the Fireworks! Hopefully our local primary school will be hosting a Fireworks display and we will go along as a group. Details to come.