He is Risen! A message for Easter Sunday from our lead chaplain Nicki

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YMCA Lead Chaplain Nicki Sudworth

On Good Friday I began my message with: “Here at YMCA we hold tightly to our Christian foundation and build on these values to ‘transform communities so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive.’ ” So many of the people, young and old, who come through the doors of our centres (whether gyms,…

Understanding God in the Darkness: a message from our Lead Chaplain Nicki

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YMCA Lead Chaplain Nicki Sudworth

Here at YMCA we hold tightly to our Christian foundation and build on these values to ‘transform communities so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive.’ So why does understanding God in the darkness matter? Throughout the bible, beginning in Genesis chapter 1 where “the earth was without form and void, and darkness…

Paul is a volunteer chaplain and has experienced homelessness

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Paul Squires is our volunteer chaplain at YMCA Wimbledon

Paul Squires is a former resident at YMCA Surbiton and has now become a volunteer chaplain. He is passionate about chaplaincy, and how it gives vulnerable people a voice and hope. He spoke to us four years ago with his story, and here’s a follow-up on how far he has come: “I was in Surbiton…

We have a rich history of serving communities since 1858

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Our premises in Kingston's Eden Street in the 19th century is now a fast food restaurant!

The history of YMCA St Paul’s Group YMCA St Paul’s Group has been in existence in various forms in Kingston for just over 160 years since the Association was first established in 1858. However historian and YMCA Committee Member Audrey Giles discovered that the YMCA formed in Kingston in 1874 was not the first, but…