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MAD and MADDER are the names of our youth groups for St. John’s, Carterton. We meet once a week on a Sunday night to chat, play games, sing cool songs, discuss answers to any questions we have and eat biscuits! (T, aged 15)

MAD is the group for 10 – 13 year olds. They meet at St. John’s from 7 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.

What do you do at MAD?

  • We do fun stuff, play games and talk about God. (F, aged 11)
  • We play games and socialise. (J, aged 12)
  • We don’t just play games, we learn about God and who He is. (A, aged 12)
  • We sometimes do songs and have trips out. (M, aged 10)
  • We learn about God. (P, aged 11)
  • Some weeks we do a game and usually a Bible study and youth club once a month (L, aged 12)

What do you like about MAD?

  • I get to see friends and be with other Christians. (P, aged 11)
  • You can ask questions if you don’t understand something you heard in normal Church on Sunday.(J, aged 12)
  • Games. (M, aged 10)
  • It’s great fun. (F, aged 11)
  • It’s something to do, instead of just watching TV (T, aged 13)
  • The way we learn about God, it’s fun, it’s not boring. (L, aged 12)
  • It’s a good time for Christians to get together. (A, aged 12)

MADDER generally meet at St. John’s from 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Check out the programme. MADDER is for teenagers aged 14 and over.

What’s good about MADDER?

  • Lots of things: ministry, friendship, education, doing stuff for charity. (P, aged 17)
  • Being able to meet up with friends every week that I don’t get to see at school. (R, aged 14)
  • It’s a time to relax and spend time with friends, ask questions about religion and have fun. (T, aged 15)
  • The variety of things we do, the different ways we learn and do Bible study. (C, aged 17)
  • It makes learning about God fun. (D, aged 19)
  • Everyone there is really nice and easy to talk to. I like meeting together and the freedom to talk. (R, aged 15)

What do you do?

  • We eat biscuits, chat, play games, organise things like outings and talent shows. (T, aged 15)
  • Have fun. (D, aged 19)
  • We discuss life as Christians with other young Christians and we learn from each other. (C, aged 17)
  • We talk, read the Bible, and sometimes help with the younger ones. (P, aged 17)
  • We meet together, we talk and socialise, we read the Bible and have laughs. (R, aged 15)
  • Sit and talk about our week and pray for each other. (R, aged 14)


September 12 ALPHABET TREASURE HUNT at Billie's house in Bampton.  MAD & MADDER combined.  Will drop at home when finished. 6.30 – 8.30
September 19 YOUTH CLUB. Combined. MADDER welcome 7.00 – 8.15
September 26 MAD meet at Church 7.00 – 8.15
  MADDER meet at Church 7.00 – 8.30
October 3 SOCIAL EVENT.  MAD & MADDER combined. Possible joint event with Burford - either Carterton Olympics at St John's or a BBQ in Burford.  More details later  tba
October 10 MAD meet at Church 7.00 - 8.15
  MADDER meet at Burford (Service moved to 7 pm) tba
October 17 YOUTH CLUB. Combined. MADDER welcome 7.00 – 8.15
October 24 HALF TERM- One week off  
October 31 LIGHT PARTY. MAD & MADDER Combined. Hook Norton. Will drop at home when finished. 5.45 – 9.00
November 7 MAD meet at Church 7.00 - 8.15
  MADDER meet at Church 7.00 – 8.30
November 14 MAD meet at Church 7.00 – 8.30
  MADDER meet at Burford (Service moved to 7 pm) tba
November 21 YOUTH CLUB. Combined. MADDER welcome 7.00 - 8.15
November 28 EVENT - CRUCIAL WORSHIP FEST - Combined.  Will drop at home when finished. 5.45 – 9.00
December 5 MAD meet at Church 7.00 - 8.15
  MADDER meet at Church 7.00 – 8.30
December 12 CHRISTMAS PARTY & TALENT SHOW Combined.  Burford Youth Group are likely to join us.  Details to follow tba
January 9 Combined  


We break up for Christmas on December 12 and will start back on Sunday January 9 2005.  This evening
will be a Combined Night.

Again, we need a parent or guardian to complete an authority for us to take you on the trips
we have organised.

Any questions please ask any of the team (Billie, David, Graham, Steve, Ali and Jan)


Once every four weeks MAD/MADDER members meet to make sandwiches for about 120 homeless people. We take them to the Gatehouse in Oxford for distribution. The Project Director of the Gatehouse recently wrote ‘Everyone is so impressed by the way your church (inspired by the young people) has got behind Gatehouse this last couple of years’.

More details on


Some of us went away on a weekend to Hill End near Oxford. It was organised by Stuart (Burford Church) and ‘Adventure Plus!’. Young people from different Churches in Burford and Carterton all went together.  This is what some people said about it:

  • It was a great weekend and the atmosphere was relaxed. I especially enjoyed the group activities and getting to know other people from different churches. (R, aged 15)

  • On the weekend away I enjoyed the morning and afternoon meetings because we all got time to meet God and have a sing song to praise him. I also enjoyed the sailing because it was good fun paddling at the front of the boat when there was no wind, as well as pushing each other off the Toppers and getting wet! (E, aged 11)

  • The best bit of the weekend for me was all the activities especially the fencing which I had never done before. The dormitories were fun and I made a lot of friends. (A, aged 12)

  • I liked the activities and meetings. The funniest thing about the weekend away was the ‘Doh!’ award, hearing all the funny stories, and I really enjoyed the sailing and the meetings. I learnt a lot more about the book of Mark and that working together is important. (P, aged 11)

  • I really enjoyed the worship over the weekend, it was great to sing some new songs and I liked the examples in the talks which put things into a new light. (C, aged 17)

  • Falling off beds, forgetting everything, cleaning teeth with no toothbrush, what more could be asked for? It was a good laugh and fencing was quality and thanks to the cooks. With the meetings, I enjoyed so much more than normal. (J, aged 12)

  • The weekend away was great fun. The parts I enjoyed most were the night hike and the ‘wide game’. It was great fun playing tricks on each other in the dark. I’ll always remember my wake up call on Sunday morning from a friend – he poured a cup of water over me!! (R, aged 14)

  • I liked doing the night hike because we got lost and because it was dark and spooky. I also liked doing the team challenge which was going around in the dark nicking people’s pegs and cones. And I also liked the campfire and staying up late. The first night we stayed up was 11.45, the second night was 10.45. I’d just like to say thank you to the leaders and the people who ran it. (D, aged 10)

  • I couldn’t have been any more delighted with the natural high it gave me! Not only did I enjoy each activity but the weekend provided me with some much needed guidance to keep my life on track. It has put me back on course and my faith has been renewed (C, aged 17)

  • It was such a relaxing and friendly atmosphere with loads of games and activities plus beautiful weather to top it all off. (T, aged 15)

  • On the weekend away, I liked the Saturday activities. I did fencing and mountain biking. I liked everything else as well about the weekend away!! (L. aged 12)

  • I really enjoyed the friendship, the fellowship and the inspirational worship. (P, aged 17)


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