New Hub for Lytchett Youth

by Gerry Lynch last modified 05 Mar, 2015 04:36 PM

Church builds new youth café right next to one of Dorset's biggest schools

More than 130 people packed into Lytchett Minster’s exciting new youth venue for its launch and dedication by the Bishop of Sherborne this week. CJ’s youth café will open after Easter, and is run by the Church of Lytchett Minster and St Dunstan's, Upton. 

CJ’s is next door to Lytchett Minster School, and it is hoped that even stronger connections will be developed with the school and its students. CJ’s will overseen by Chris Trent who is a full-time Christian Youth Worker in Lytchett, Upton and Turlin Moor. As the facilities are nearing completion he said today, “It's about people not buildings, but this venue is going to be great for the young people who pass through its doors.” 

The church has raised £140,000 to create an outstanding new facility from what was once the derelict “Home Economics” block formerly used by the School. Located at the foot of the school driveway, CJ's is ideal for welcoming young people through the doors each afternoon and then in the evenings to offer informal training – cooking, internet security, budgeting, leadership, as well as Christian discipleship opportunities. It is hoped that CJ’s will be a place full of fun, food, friendships and faith.

The new wooden-clad building was dedicated by Bishop Graham, an enthusiastic supporter of the project from its inception, in a lively, loud and loving service!

The Aldhelm Mission Fund supported the project with a gift of £15,000, which was a huge encouragement. There have been some generous donations from grant-making bodies, including the Talbot Village Trust, but the majority has been raised directly by the generous gift of church members who want to invest in the next generation. 

Team Rector, the Revd Canon Jean de Garis, said, “I am excited to be part of the team who will be serving the young people shortly to be coming through come through the doors.”

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