Wake up Wednesday is an early morning outreach run on Wednesdays attracting up to 60 teens from 5 different schools.
Wake Up Wednesday provides free refreshments at the school bus stop across the road from the Methodist Church. It attracts up to sixty young people and needs five volunteers to run it including 3 cooks.
It provides hot bacon butties, croissants, juice and hot chocolate and has a positive effect on the young people. Very importantly it helps the adult volunteers to meet the young people and build their sense of belonging and self worth. Furthermore, for a few youngsters it may be the only positive, stress free meeting they have with adults during the week.
The Bucks Community Safety Team currently funds the work which the local police have encouraged and supported since its inception.
The young people attend Altwood School Maidenhead, Cox Green Maidenhead, Beaconsfield High, Burnham Grammar and Burnham Park E-Act Academy. Wake Up Wednesday is becoming a landmark in the area and there is evidence that some young people leave home early on Wednesday to take advantage of it.
Wayne Dixon from Christian Connections in Schools Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead says:
I think Wake up to Wednesday’s is AMAZING!!!! I was really impressed when I first visited it on a really cold Feb morning. I was just so impressed with this ministry of ‘love in action’. What struck me was the simplicity of it all. I have highlighted it on many occasions since – ‘Croissants, Bacon Butties & Hot Chocolate’ as I called it. So much so a youth worker from St James’ Church (Gerrards Cross) came to see for herself a month later. The young people from the 5 schools (Burnham Grammar, Burnham Park E-Act Academy, Cox Green, Altwood & Beaconsfield High) appreciate it and because this has developed with trust, the young people feel able to share with the volunteers who serve and this has led to prayers. I’m impressed and want to see this vital Christian ministry and witness continue. Well done.