Seconds-up is Camborne Catholic Church’s youth group, for ages 11 and over.
We meet approximately once a month after church, usually at someone’s house. Whilst OLEMs youth group, 7-up, has more members, it has been running for longer, and also reaches a wider spread of people as it draws us all from all over the parish of OLEM and its 39 villages.
7-up and Seconds-up are very similar groups, and occasionally do activities together. For example, for the past two years, both groups have gone to Thorpe Park together, which we all enjoyed!
On November 1st we will be having an ‘All Saints Party ‘at OLEM Parish Centre. Dressing up is optional, but it is bound to be a great event.
All members of Seconds-Up always thoroughly enjoy each meeting, which is a chance to not only have fun, but can be a chance to also talk about God to someone of your own age. This is good as we know what it’s like to be a catholic teenager in the current day, and will often have similar experiences.. Another major bonus about the seconds-up meetings is lots of junk food, which was last enjoyed whilst watching Dr Who together. Last week Fr Henry came and joined in with us. We do have healthy food too!!
We sometimes play on a Wii or X-Box, which is helpful to get to know the people at the meeting. One really good thing about seconds-up is that it helps you make many friends of your own religion, which is helpful for school as you know who you can talk to about God. As quite a few teenagers now are choosing to ignore God, it’s important we do have friends who support us, and also to reach people who haven’t yet had a chance to know God. That’s easier done in a group, another way Seconds-up is very useful.
In the past we have watched films such as ‘The Hiding Place’ , had quizzes run by older members, joined 7up for Go Karting, bowling, Go Ape, retreats at Worth Abbey and our annual hot cross bun making and Taize service at OLEM on Good Friday and family summer barbecue.
Through links with youth at Churches Together at Cambourne I have been punting in Cambridge and have a chance to join in even more activities in Cambourne and beyond. We are all going to go to Live and Amped again this year at Comberton Village College-an evening of music and dance with a competition between artists. My choir, Ten-sing which is based at Histon Baptist Church was one of the acts and one of our singers won as a solo act. We also enjoyed the lively, but moving Joint Service the morning after with all of the churches from West Cambridge. This will be on November 21st this Year so join us!!
Basically the group happens because parents and young people care about their faith and each other. Possibilities for the future are endless. What would you want to do? Come along and tell us. With your help they can happen.
Keep 1st November and 21st November in your diary!!!