Is it too early to wish you a wonderful and blessed Christmas - no, I don't think so! All of us at Youthscape wish you a wonderful time over the Christmas celebrations.

And thank you to all of you who prayed with us for our special weekend with youth workers from around the UK. Nearly 1,000 joined us in Birmingham last month and it was a BRILLIANT and FRUITFUL time of training, inspiration and hope.

But onto December - and can I draw your attention to our special Christmas fundraising campaign? We're focusing on young people's mental health - which has become so much worse throughout the pandemic.

Christmas is often a time when anxieties, loneliness and desperation come to a head for many teenagers.

Our work will continue over the holidays ... in our online therapeutic groups, free for any young person in the UK to join. Our wider support through Headstrong. And our support for young people directly here in Luton.

We're raising funds for that work this month, but giving you a very special way to help. You can buy one of our Emmanuel - God with Us badges, that you can give to a young person in your family or church.

They are a reminder of the wonderful message of Christmas, and you'll be helping us support more young people struggling with their mental health. Find out more at youthscape.co.uk/christmas.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas!


1st (Wed)

Please pray for Gemma this month, as she spends some time mentoring young people who have taken part in Compass this term.

2nd (Thu)

Child poverty is on the rise in Luton & across the UK. Pray that families would be able to access practical and financial help and support; to ease the burdens they are facing.

3rd (Fri)

The Luton Unite Christmas Ball takes place at LCF this evening. Pray the young people & youth workers would have a wonderful time, & pray for protection for their health as they spend time together.

4th (Sat)

We have recently made some large fundraising applications. Please pray that they would be successful.

5th (Sun)

Pray for young people in care across Luton, that they would find support through Youthscape and other local youth organisations.

6th (Mon)

This week we have some key meetings with potential funders for Youthscape’s work. Pray that these will go well, and that our team will be able to articulate our vision clearly to them.

7th (Tue)

Pray for the local team’s ‘God’s Good Earth’ project. Where young people are creating art for an exhibition, to challenge people about where faith & climate change interact.

8th (Wed)

Reuben & Matt are leading the Atlas Course: A new programme for boys - to support holistic wellbeing. It will take place over 6 months, so pray that it will make a real difference to the lives of those involved.

9th (Thu)

Pray for Sarah, Alex, Esther & Mulkina, as they oversee the finances, fundraising & admin for Youthscape. And for Nicki, managing our resource sales & the online store, & our room hire.

10th (Fri)

Pray for youth groups reading through the We Are Satellites book together, as they explore what it means to be disciples.

11th (Sat)

Sadly, many young people experience racism. Pray they would know the support of people around them, & that these issues wouldn’t be forgotten, but be addressed positively in their communities.

12th (Sun)

Church leaders & youth workers are supporting their congregations, young people & those in their communities. Pray that they'd know God's wisdom, inspiration & peace as they serve.

13th (Mon)

Pray for Christian young people, that they would know God’s presence with them. That they would find support from friends, youth workers & churches, & that they would encourage each other in their faith.

14th (Tue)

The final drop-in sessions before Christmas take place this week. Pray that the young people would enjoy themselves there. And pray for them over the Christmas holidays - without this additional support.

15th (Wed)

Thank God for all the volunteers serving young people in churches & in their communities. Pray that they will be a real blessing to those they serve, especially at Christmas time.

16th (Thu)

Young people are struggling with self-harm, both in Luton & across the UK. Please pray they will continue to find support through the Alumina groups.

17th (Fri)

Pray for young carers, that they will be able to find the support they need as they care for vulnerable family members. Pray too - that they won’t feel isolated over the Christmas holidays.

18th (Sat)

Pray for school staff, that they would be able to rest & enjoy time with their families over the Christmas break. So they can go back to work feeling refreshed in the new year.

19th (Sun)

For young people across Luton who’ve been in our different groups this term: Pray that taking part will make a huge difference to their wellbeing, & have a lasting, positive impact on their lives.

20th (Mon)

Many young people struggle with loneliness & social isolation. Please pray for those who feel this even more acutely during the school holidays.

21st (Tue)

So many families are struggling financially. Pray they would be able to access help & support, to ease the economic burdens they are facing, & to provide practically for their needs, especially at this time of year.

22nd (Wed)

Pray for the Youthscape team, that they would enjoy a break over Christmas & New Year. And that they would feel relaxed & refreshed as they return for the Spring term in January.

23rd (Thu)

Alumina is accessed by young people who self-harm. Pray for the team leading the groups, & for the young people. That it’ll be a safe space for them to talk & find help to cope with overwhelming emotions.

24th (Fri)

Pray for Christian young people in Luton, that they will grow in their faith and confidence.

25th (Sat)

Praise God for the birth & life of Jesus, & for the chance we have to celebrate that at Christmas. Thank God for the difference he makes to our lives.

26th (Sun)

Many families find school holidays difficult. Those who are struggling emotionally, those with strained relationships & family breakdown, with addictions, abuse & violence. Pray for protection and peace.

27th (Mon)

Pray for the Satellites team, preparing to launch ‘Orbit’ in the new year. Daily reflections for a God-centred life, helping young people get into the habit of reading scripture & spending time with God.

28th (Tue)

Pray for young people who, for many reasons, find themselves homeless; sleeping on the streets, or in short term accommodation & facing an uncertain future.

29th (Wed)

Pray that young people experiencing suicidal thoughts would feel able to reach out for help. And pray that they would find positive support to get them through these difficult times.

30th (Thu)

Please pray for young people who are grieving the loss of family members & friends. Many of whom will be feeling it even more poignantly at this time of year.

31st (Fri)

Pray for the Alumina online Drop In session today, that young people who are struggling with difficult family situations & eating disorders will find this really helpful.

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