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January 2024

New Year´s Eve stay

Some of our teenagers spent the turn of the old and new year with the youth of KS Prague church. They were in Moravia for five days, where they enjoyed a lot of fun and spiritual program. Besides, it was very good that they celebrated the New Year without alcohol, which our teenagers would not have avoided in their families.

December 2023

Christmas party for children

On Tuesday 19th of December we celebrated Christmas with the children in the club. We told the Christmas story about the birth of Jesus, our Savior, sang carols, had a festive feast together and each of the children received a box full of beautiful gifts. We created these gifts in cooperation with the Shoebox collection organized by the Charity. Thank you to all the willing donors!

St. Nicholas day

On 5th December we traditionally celebrated St. Nicholas day. We remembered that Nicholas really lived once, loved the Lord God and therefore helped people. In his memory, St. Nicholas and an angel came to our house and were portrayed by two of our teangers for the younger children. The children received sweet gifts from them for demonstrating some of their skills.
If you want to see the talents of some of our children, click and watch the video 🙂

Christmas party for parents

After celebrating Christmas with the children, we also invited their parents and other relatives to a Christmas party. We showed photos and videos of our events and looked back at the past year, the pre-school children sang songs and told a few poems, and the older children sang carols. It was great to spend at least a short time not only with the children but also with their families.

Skating

On Monday afternoons in December we spent with teenagers at the ice rink in Letná. Teenagers like skating a lot, many of them have already learned it with us in previous years, for some it was the first time this year, but even the newcomers enjoyed skating very much.

Baking gingerbread

We baked cookies together with the preschool children before Christmas this year. The children were very skilful, they coped well with the dough and together they baked several sheets of delicious gingerbread cookies, which we then ate at the Christmas festival.

Christmas sleepover

We gathered with school children and teenagers on Friday before Christmas for the popular Christmas sleepover, despite the bad weather almost 40 children came. In the afternoon we skated at Letna, in the evening we had a Bible program, competitions, football, at Vitkov hill we said goodbye to the past year with prayers of thanksgiving and sparklers and finally slept over until the next day.

Meeting in Poštovice

Several times a year a meeting of all Teen Challenge centres from the Czech Republic takes place, traditionally before Christmas in Poštovice. This year, several of our teenagers went to the meeting with our leader Paul. It is encouraging for them to see adult clients of the centres who have decided to change their lives.

November 2023

Sleepover with a youth group

The day before the national holiday, teenagers from the KS Praha church and from our clubs gathered at our centre and enjoyed their time together until the next day. They had contests, baking, crafting, Bible program, bowling, soccer and much more on the agenda. 14 of our teens attended the event and thoroughly enjoyed their time together.

October 2023

New worker

Since October we have a new part-time worker for the preschool children. Anet loves the children and is very good with them. She has quickly gained popularity with all the children with her kind attitude. We are very happy for her!

Autumn holidays

Traditionally, our teenagers spend their autumn holidays together with Christian youth in Kutná Hora. This year, 15 of our teens participated in the event, joining about 130 other teens. They thoroughly enjoyed the event, strengthened their friendships with youth from mainstream society and were also able to experience something new with God.

Volunteer cleaning

We are so grateful to the employees from Cisco systems company who came out in October to paint rooms and clean up our backyard playground. They were very helpful, kind and hardworking and were a great help to us by doing things for free that were much needed but we didn’t have time to do. THANK YOU

Bicycle trip

We went on a bike trip with the teenagers instead of an afternoon club. We rode our bikes from the club to Hloubětín, where we roasted sausages on the fire and then headed back again, invigorated. It was probably for all the teenagers their longest bike trip. For some it was a big challenge, but in the end they all made it and rode back safe and sound.

Baptism

One of our former clients, who was coming to our center as a little girl, was baptized in October. We are grateful that she did so to publicly affirm that she has accepted Jesus as her Savior and Lord.

Festival of Lights

On the last day of October, we went with the children to the Parukářka hill for the Festival of Lights, which is organized there every year by Prague 3. The children really enjoyed the crafts, competitions, children’s tattoos and nice prizes.

September 2023

Youth group

This school year the teens continue to regularly attend the youth group meetings of the KS Prague church. We are very happy that they are well received there. They love going there, making friends among the other teens and enthusiastically participating in various events and sleepovers with them.

A trip to Liberec

In September, we went to Liberec with the teenagers, where we visited the Church of the Brethren and told them the news from our centre. In the afternoon on the way home we stopped at the swimming pool, which the boys really enjoyed.

Ambassadors

Since September, several of our teenagers have started attending Ambassadors Christian Football Club training regularly. We are glad that this gives them another place to spend quality time while being in a Christian environment.

New children

After the holidays, we have started the clubs again in full and the interest of the children is great. In September alone we had over 20 new children and over 80 different children of four nationalities in total. We are happy to be able to provide a safe place for all children, regardless of difference, to spend their free time and learn about the Lord God.

July – August 2023

Camp

Right at the beginning of the holidays we went with 30 children to a camp at the scout base in Miletín. The children enjoyed games, competitions, sports, swimming, campfire and Bible devotions. For many of the children, this is the only time during the holidays that they get to get out of Prague.

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Other summer camps

In addition to our camp, about 10 teenagers from our center went to two other summer camps organized by the KS Prague church. The teenagers learn to integrate among their peers from the majority society and find friends among them. The Christian program also helps them to direct their lives towards God.

Football tournament

In August, 7 teenagers went to a football tournament in Litvínov as part of the Save my life festival. The tournament was attended by 9 teams, of which our teenagers were definitely the youngest. Nevertheless, they played bravely and won a beautiful 4th place. Congratulations 🙂

Swimming pool

In July we went to Kralupy with our teenagers to the swimming pool. We had a lot of fun 🙂

Park Gutovka

With younger children we visited the Gutovka park one hot afternoon, where there are many opportunities for them to have fun.

Pedal boats

In August we went pedal boating on the Vltava River with our teenagers. They managed to come up with a lot of different fun things to do on them 🙂

June 2023

Sleepover

At the beginning of June we organized a popular sleepover for the children, which followed the Friday afternoon club. The children enjoyed competitions, a walk and visited some of the churches in Žižkov as part of the Night of Churches.

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Children’s Day with Scouts

On Saturday, after a sleepover, we went with the children to Modřany to see the scouts, who prepared for us a children’s day full of various disciplines. The children had a game in the forest, face painting, archery, roasting snails from dough, tug-of-war with a rope, stringing beads and other great activities. Thanks to the scouts!

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Football sleepover

The teenage boys had a football event on Saturday – first they played a football match at Černý Most, then watched the Champions League final and after a night walk they slept over at our center until the next day.

May 2023

Festival Na Výšinách

With teenagers we attended the Christian open air festival Na Výšinách in Vyšehrad. The teenagers really enjoyed the concerts, especially the rapper and DJ 🙂 After the festival we walked around the Vltava river and finally slept in the club until the next day.

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April 2023

Easter event

During Easter, in cooperation with the Prague Christian Youth, we organized three afternoon programs for children in excluded localities. Our teenagers acted as leaders, preparing disciplines for the children, performing skits and telling them about the true meaning of Easter. They did a great job!

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Football match

At the end of April, the male leaders went to a Slavia-Hradec football match with some teenagers. It was a great experience for the teenagers and they remember it fondly.

March 2023

Ski course

We went on a ski course with the teenagers again. We stayed in Jablonec n.N. and went to the Jizera slopes. All the beginners quickly learned the basics of skiing and on the third day they were skiing down Tanvaldský Špičák 🙂 On the last day we visited the pool in Liberec.

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February 2023

From client to worker

Kristián started coming to us many years ago as a small preschooler. He worked his way through all our age groups until he became a volunteer. Last year he successfully graduated from high school and this year, to our delight, he joined our team as a part-time worker. He is a great help to us and we are very grateful for him!

In muzeum

During the half-term holidays, we visited the National Agricultural Museum with the younger children. The children played fishermen, hunters and cooks or tried out how to operate a digger.

January 2023

Ice-skating

Even this winter, we go ice skating with the teenagers. Some of them have already learned it in previous years, some are learning it for the first time this year. But everyone always has a lot of fun.

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December 2022

St. Nicolas

At the beginning of December, we remembered the life of Bishop Nicholas with the children and celebrated his holiday by giving out Nicholas presents.

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Member of a team

From September until the end of the year, Kryštof, who started coming to us as a client a few years ago, was part of our team. After a few years, he became a volunteer and started working as part-time this September. He starts a new job in January and thus leaves our ranks. But we are very happy at least for his short-term help.

Christmas celebration

Even this year, the last meeting at the center this year was special. We remembered the Christmas story about the birth of Jesus, our Savior. Thanks to generous donors, each child received a gift prepared by name. And many children then stayed for a traditional Christmas sleepover.

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New Year´s Eve stay

At the end of the year, 9 of our teenagers joined the New Year’s Eve stay organized by the KS Prague church. Everyone liked it there, teenagers strengthened their relationships with other young people and also their relationship with God.

October 2022

10 years of the house

This year marks 10 years since we have been based in a newly renovated house. Thousands of people participated in its repair, both financially and practically. We are very grateful to them!

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Autumn holiday

During the autumn holidays, 14 of our teenagers were on a stay with christian youth of Prague in Kutná Hora. Among other things, they could thus build friendships with their peers from mainstream society.

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Looking for new supporters

Due to the huge increase in energy prices, we are looking for new supporters to help us cover the costs of electricity and gas, especially during the coming winter.

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Ukrainian volunteer

We are very grateful that a young lady from Ukraine started visiting us regularly. She helps with a group of youngest children, where we now have mostly children from Ukraine. Thanks to her, we can better understand them and include activities in their language.

September 2022

Effects of the war in Ukraine

After the holidays, many new children started coming to us, many of them come from Ukraine, which they had to leave because of the war. Currently, 15 Ukrainian children come to us regularly. We therefore try to adapt the program to them and we are looking for Ukrainian volunteers to interpret for the children.

Graduates

Two of our former clients, who have been our volunteers for some time, successfully graduated this year! One of them is the first of his entire extended family to have a matriculation exam. We are proud of them!

Youth group

Every Wednesday, teenagers participate in a youth group meeting in the Christian community. In this way, they make friends among children from mainstream society and are included in the life of the church.

Looking for volunteers

We are looking for new volunteers who would serve with us to preschool and younger school children. Many of our long-term volunteers have already finished their studies and started working, so they can no longer come to us. We are therefore looking for new reinforcements.

Hot lunch every meeting

Since September, we have been open again 4 times a week. We go to pick up the younger children straight from school, the first group at 11:35, the second at 12:30, the older ones come alone later. Everyone gets a hot lunch at our place and a hearty snack in the afternoon.

July – August 2022

Summer camp

As usual, this year we went to a week-long summer camp with the children. We reflected on the life of the apostle Paul, we enjoyed a lot of games, competitions and swimming.

Click to see the video from our camp and other activities.

Canoeing

We have been canoeing with teenagers for several years in a row. This year we went down river Berounka. Some teenagers learned to steer and even managed to descend several weirs.

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Teen camp

In addition to our summer camp, we take some children and teenagers to church summer camps. There were 12 of our teenagers at the Teen camp this year. Everyone enjoyed it very much, made friends with the other participants and moved forward on the path to the Lord God.

From the children to the leaders

Some of “our” kids have gone to church summer camps as participants in past years. Now they are full-fledged leaders there and are a great help.

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June 2022

Children from an institution

An institution where at-risk children are housed, is located in the building opposite to ours. We have established cooperation with the organization, and some of the children who are placed with them attend our afternoon clubs. We are happy that they can laugh with us, have fun, be with a bunch of friends and also hear about the hope for every person.