Thrive Teams summer updates

After months of lockdown, and trying to engage young people online, Thrive Teams were delighted to run holiday clubs IN PERSON during August! Thrive Teams ran holiday clubs for three days in South Abingdon, and three days in the Leys. Beforehand, leaders asked for prayer for “good weather, for young people to positively engage, and finally […]

Success is still being here

Celebrating 10 years of Thrive Teams in Barton When Thrive Teams began working in Barton 10 years ago, partnering with the newly planted Barton Community Church, it was commented on by a local church member that “Barton is a graveyard for churches”. Yet, 10 years on and many baptisms later, the church remains an integral […]

A letter from Jason Lane

This year – and it astonishes me to say it – Innovista is 20 years old! With you by our side, we have spent two decades building up leaders for God’s mission in hard-to-reach and unlikely places. So many people have heard the good news of Jesus, and communities have been touched and changed by […]

What teenagers really need in this time

“We all know we can’t make our teenagers do anything. It can be hard enough to get them out of bed or to get off their phones to have a conversation. Right now, with children out of school, families are by far the biggest influence. So how can we influence intentionally?” Erica Payne shows us […]

Five things to do in lockdown

Innovista’s National Director in Moldova, Maricela, has shared a brilliant story about the resilience and creativity of young people in lockdown in their capital city, Chisinau. It resonates deeply with what Thrive Teams are doing in Oxford at the moment. Across our many locations, Innovista is enabling young leaders to impact their communities at this […]

Baking Easter bread

Meet Alexandra. She’s part of Innovista Ukraine’s team, and along with her daughter, granddaughter and cat, she shares an old family recipe with us today. From her family to yours, enjoy preparing for Easter today. Craft: how to decorate Easter eggs All around the world, eggs symbolise new life at Easter. This year, why not […]

Easter in Ukraine – learning the language

Hello, or should we say Привіт… Did you know that Ukraine is home to seven World Heritage sites, the world’s third busiest McDonald’s, and the deepest underground tunnel* in any city in the world? Did you know it’s the largest country entirely in Europe? It covers 605,628km² (that’s two and a half times bigger than […]

Love and mission in a time of Coronavirus

Jason Lane speaks from his home in Oxford, outlining how the current Coronavirus pandemic is impacting all of Innovista’s work, from our Thrive Teams in Oxford to our Tempo course in Siberia.

Thrive Teams Appeal Update

Thrive Teams Appeal Update A lot has happened since we wrote to you on 20 March to ask you to please help Team Leader Matt as he, and his Thrive Teams colleagues, urgently moved all of their youth work online. We were so encouraged by the warmth of your response and your incredible generosity. Thanks […]