Wexford and Kilscoran Youth Club
We would like to wish all our junior leaders sitting state exams well over the coming weeks.
"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity" (Albert Einstein)
Saturday 24th June 2017 - Day trip to Fota Wildlife park in Cork.
Monday 31st July - Thursday 3rd August 2017 Summer Holiday Club @ St Iberius NS.
Wednesday 16th August - Diocesan day trip to Oakwood Wales. (Secondary Students only)
For further details of the above events or for any enquiries please contact:
Derek Peilow, Wexford & Kilscoran children and youth officer on 085 7382050
June Newsletter Notes
As I write this month summer is in full swing. On Saturday 20th May our youth club enjoyed the sunshine as we were treated to a cricket evening hosted by Wexford Wanderers cricket club. The excitement and fun started with warm up team games. With such a large number attending the young people were split into two groups. One group worked on core skills under the instruction of Mr Herbie Honohan while the other group played a cricket game. Some great bowling and batting clearly identified by Mr Peter Hudson who mentored this group. After light refreshments both groups swapped over and got to try out all games and activities. The sound of laughter and the sight of happy faces was in abundance. Thank you to Peter, Herbie and the cricket club for their time and effort in hosting this event. Should any youth club members be interested, junior cricket training takes place at 7pm on Tuesday evenings at the rugby club. Thanks also to our adult leaders.. Louise, Nigel, Barbara, Nicola, John, Marian, Michael, Ester, Oddette, Sonya, Jenny, Carol and David for their dedication to our youth club.
The Month of May also saw the launch of our first youth club newsletter produced by our junior leaders who worked on this project since Christmas. By all accounts it is getting great reviews.
Dates to Note
Saturday 24th June 2017: Youth club outing to Fota wildlife park, Cork.
Monday 31st July – Thursday 3rd August 2017: Summer Holiday club.
Wednesday 16th August 2017: Diocesan trip to Oakwood theme park, Wales.
For further youth club enquiries or details of the above events please feel free to contact me, Derek Peilow on 085 7382050.
Wexford and Kilscoran Youth Club is for young people in the Wexford area.
It is run by the children and youth officer of the parish Mr Derek Peilow, clergy and a number of dedicated volunteers.
All our leaders have received training with the Church of Ireland’s safety and wellbeing course,
‘Safeguarding Trust’, and they are also Garda vetted.
Youth Club is for young people in 3rd class up to 6th class of primary school.
Helping us out with the running of Youth Club is our junior leaders
who are 1st year upwards in secondary school.
Our parish youth club meets normally on Saturday evenings, usually on the second and fourth
Saturday of the month however midweek meetings can happen during holiday times from school. Youth Club is generally on from 6pm until 7.30pm.
Our teenage junior leaders then have the opportunity to stay on until 9pm.
Youth club has a fun and varied timetable. In the past year we have enjoyed movie nights, sports nights,
table quizes, arts and crafts, fancy dress parties, discos and nature walks.
WE also welcomed speakers from the Garda and the RSPCA.
Dodge ball is a particular favourite of this group.
Throughout the year we also have a number of day trips and nights out.
In the past year we have gone, to the cinema and bowling,
a trip to Clara Lara, Dublin Zoo, the Aviva Stadium, a match in the RDS, overnight camping and a day trip to Oakwood theme park in Wales.
Members of the youth club also take part in our worship services in particular our family services on the first
Sunday of each month in St. Iberius Church, Wexford. Throughout the year we also try to programme a
number of youth services and retreats.
We meet in a variety of different locations, from a converted cowshed in Latimerstown to a scout hall in
Piercestown. We also use some of our churches for different meetings and movie night.
In an effort to follow Christ’s command to love God and to love others our Youth Club has taken on a charity
project this year. This project involves chocolate but unfortunately it is not as sweet as it sounds.
The practice of forced child labour and child trafficking is hugely prevalent in the cocoa farms in countries such as Ghana and the Ivory Coast in West Africa. Over 70% of the cocoa that makes the worlds chocolate comes from
countries in West Africa. Your favourite chocolate bar is more than likely made from the cocoa pods that come
from here. Tens of thousands of children as young as eight years old are trafficked from neighbouring countries to pick and harvest these pods. They are sold into slavery and are forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions. Many are beaten and due to the unsanitary living conditions many also die.
Our Youth Club is aiming to raise awareness about these issues through a number of different initiatives. We have become a fair trade Youth Club and each of us have made a pact not to eat chocolate that is not fair trade.
We have written in magazines and newspapers, we have written to chocolate factories and signed petitions.
We will also be going onto local radio shortly in an effort to tell as many people as we can.
If you would like to know more about this please click on some of the links below.