Take part in event for youngsters

Youngsters from the county are being encouraged to take part in a youth participation event.

Set up by the Rector of Morpeth, Rev Simon White, Staying Alive is aimed at youngsters aged eight to 13.

Staying Alive was set up by Rev White eight years ago during his time at St Michael and All Angels Church in Felton, along with others in the summer of 2007.

The event started as a weekend of random acts of kindness, where groups of children would work to help communities through litter-picking, coffee mornings, cleaning houses, gardening and other helpful chores.

And now they are looking for new people from across Northumberland and North Tyneside to take part in this year’s event, which runs from August 13 to 16.

Rev James Harvey, who has taken over the running of the project, said: “There’s plenty of kids around, but at the moment, we’ve got very few young people engaging with the church and that is part of what we’re looking to do in the future.

“Part of the vision is to grow the young people. I think young people sometimes go in cohorts or friendship groups and I think we need to build a new one from the bottom upwards.”

For details, call Rev Harvey on (01670 )787263 or download an application form at www.newcastle.anglican.org