Welcome to the monthly update for those who work with children and young people in the Diocese of Rochester. It's full of information, news and resources to aid you in your mission and ministry among children and young people.
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Children and Young People

May 2016


Welcome to the children & young people’s latest newsletter. Across all types of media within the last week there have been various reports on children, young people, on their education and mental health and well-being. Latest research and findings report that 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 to 16 are affected by a mental health problem.   These range from depression, peer pressure, an eating disorder or anxiety, many relating external pressures placed on the child or young person. Whilst we all strive for our children and young people to thrive and develop, taking time to recognise the milestones alongside the significant and important transitions, we as the church can and should provide valuable support, care and opportunities to pray for and with those who we serve. Please take time to look at the various resources and reports which provide information and ideas on how to support our children and young people.

As usual, we encourage you to contact one of us should you wish to discuss any particular issues regarding your church's ministry with children and young people. In the meantime, keep in touch by following us on Twitter or visiting our Facebook page (n.b. to make sure you are notified of all new posts on our Facebook page, make sure you have clicked the "Like" button so that it says "Liked", then click on the "Liked" button and select "Get notifications")

Scroll down for all the diary dates, and links to helpful information, ideas and resources.

May God work in us, through us and to us in our ministry with children and young people.


Cheryl Trice & Nick White
Diocesan Children's and Youth Work Advisers
01634 560000

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Youth Work 

Children's Society - Church youth group resource. Six free youth group sessions from a faith perspective to help youth workers unpack key topics such as identity, sexting, mental health, healthy relationships, and life online, empowering young people to support themselves and their peers.  

UK Youth - have developed a free resource on mental health and well-being for use with young people. 

Mind and Soul - a great Mental Health access pack that gives some great wisdom and resources.

Scripture Union -It's Your Move - a guide to moving to Secondary School.  Scripture Union have been working with schools and churches for a number of years to help Year 6 pupils with the transition to secondary school. Many go from being the biggest and most confident in primary school to being a small fish in a big pond. From years of experience in field work, and from extensive research, that this can be a really stressful time for children. They would like to invite you to partner with SU in helping the young people in your home, your community, your church and your school to make this transition.

MindEd - a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health.  With information on how to spot signs of problems, resources and support, it is a valuable site. Stages of eLearning can also be completed for CPD through the site.

Reports - if you work with teenager’s transition from college or secondary school take a look at the following two reports, which may be of interest to you -
House of Lords Social Mobility Committee Survey for 14 - 24 year olds
Centre Forum Commission on Children and Young People Mental Health - State of the Nation report

Soul Survivor Exam Tips - blog exam tips for young people.

Children's Work

Ideas and resources from the web:
Colours of God – This is a free resource from Roots. You could use this story to introduce the idea of the Trinity, as a basis of a craft activity to make your own Trinity window, or to discuss with the children what colours remind them of God.

Father's Day games and activities – here are some ideas from Roots which you could use to organise an event for children and their dads, step-dads or grandads, or for whole families. In addition, here are some Fathers Day prayers and reflections

Area 52 – is full of creative worship ideas linked to the readings of the revised common lectionary, including material from Bob Hartman and Dave Hopwood, amongst others. Well worth a look.

Child in the Midst – latest edition of e-news from Mary Hawes, who was the keynote speaker at our recent Don’t Burst the Bubble day about the nature and nurture of children’s spirituality.

Godly Play – following the recent Godly Play taster day in partnership with Canterbury Diocese, we are hoping to bring the 3 day Godly Play training to Kent. Please contact if you would be interested in doing this training. For more details about Godly Play training, visit

God’s Story – this is a new children’s ministry resource which could be used as the basis for a year-long weekly programme, or as one-off session materials. It caters for different learning preferences and play styles whilst using materials that most children's groups will already have to hand.

Free Holiday Club resources - We still have a number of copies of the following holiday club programmes to re-home. Please get in touch if your church could make use of one:



Diary Dates 

To book or find out more details about any of the following events, contact Sarah Cabella on:
T:  01634 560024


Saturday 4th June 2016
Toddler Grooves - Frimley, Surrey. A day for church leaders and toddler group leaders to explore ways of maximising the mission potential of church toddler groups. Organised by the Entheos Trust in partnership with 1277 Make Them Count.

Friday 8th - Sunday 10th July 2016
Spree - South of England Show Ground, Ardingley, Sussex. An action-packed, faith-inspiring weekend away for 8-18’s. The event is organised by Urban Saints in the south-east for youth groups with their leaders. 

Sunday 10th July 2016
Children and Young People Festival.  12 - 5pm at Kings Hill Primary School, Crispin Way, West Malling, ME19 4LS.  Cost £2 per child, adults free.  Discounts available for 10 or more children.  To book or for more details contact Sarah Cabella.  A flyer will be sent to you shortly.

Saturday 16th July 2016
First Aid Course - 9 - 3.30pm at the Diocesan Office in Rochester.  Cost £20 per person.  To book contact Sarah Cabella as soon as possible as there are limited places of 12 people - 5 places left !
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