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

September 2016


As the calmness of Autumn arrives following a packed summer of holiday clubs and adventures there seems to be a sense of reflection before the Advent and Christmas rush descends. During several visits recently topics of conversations have included “something new, development, growth and formation.” It has been exciting to engage with parishes, volunteers and projects that have spent time reflecting on what their priorities actually are, rather than what they think they ought to be doing.  There has been encouragement, learning and hope in unexpected places with children and young people at the very heart of the vision. Within the team there is also “new, development and formation”. Both Sarah & I have moved teams and are now within MACE (Mission & Community Engagement) having moved from the Board of Education. This time is new and we are discovering aspects of formation and development ourselves. We would value your prayers and thoughts whilst this exciting journey starts and we continue with all the various ways of working, engaging & journeying with you in your ministry.  All our relevant information and resources can now be found on the Rochester Diocesan Website under Mission, Children & Youth, take a look.

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
Diocesan Children's and Youth Work Adviser
01634 560000


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Youth Work 

Remember Youth Work Week - 
The theme for Youth Work Week this year is Fair chances: how youth work helps young people to brighter futures. Organised by the National Youth Agency, Youth Work Week takes place between 7-13 November and celebrates the impact of youth work. 
Are you up for the challenge?
The Advent Sleepout Challenge is making an exciting return this year! We're asking churches and communities to give up a night of comfort to raise funds for those who are homeless and marginalised.
Find out more today on the Advent Sleepout Challenge website, and register your event!

Blog from Fusion on Students - This might be interesting reading for any parishes you know which are near colleges or Universities.

New Publications

Colin Bennett, Vice Principal and Director of Training for the Community and Family Studies Course at Moorlands College, Growing Upwards: The Faith Journey of Christian Young People, will be published in October by Grove.

Grove books - If you haven't already, it's worth signing up to Grove for emails on their books and for their new publications.

Love Life Live Advent Calendar - This is a great resource to stimulate conversation and engage in active prayer throughout advent for your church congregation and older teens. 

Job Adverts

Diocesan Youth, Children and Families Missioner  - Chester Diocese.



Children's Work

Light! Scripture Union - An alternative to Halloween.  Order your free light pack now.

New Titles
BRF and Barnabas for Children have produced some new books which may help you with your children's groups.  They are -
Comfort in the Darkness – Rachel Turner helps children draw close to God through biblical stories of night-time and sleep.
The Church and Boys – expert advice and insights from one who knows what he is talking about. Read Nick Harding’s new book on a crucial area.
Christmas Family Time – an affirming gift for Messy Churches to give to their Messy families. 
Seasonal Specials for Children’s Ministry – children’s group activities for ten key occasions through the year.

Relevant Children's Ministry - have come up with five keys to help children to pray.

No Limits -  Additional Needs, Disability and the Church Conference, run by CFA (Churches for All).  Saturday 12th November 2016.  This is an event full of ideas & inspiration for all who work with or support children, families & youth, plus anyone with a passion to see the abilities of everyone recognized.

Joint Children's and Youth Work

Explore Together tour, Canterbury, with Scripture Union.  Discover ground-breaking ways of exploring the Bible through different learning styles.

Training Opportunities

One Way UK Festival - 28th and 29th October 2016


Diary Dates 

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


Tuesday 11th October 2016
South East Partnership BOOST Conference -
9.45 - 4.30pm at Emmanuel Centre, 9 - 23 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3DW.  Cost £30 per person.  Price includes lunch.  To book click on the link above.  Deadline to book, 30th September 2016.

Friday 3rd February 2017
1WON Young People's event Midnight Ice Skate, 11 - 1pm at the Ice Rink, Gillingham Business Park, Ambley Road, Gillingham, Kent.  Cost £5.00.  For more details contact Sarah Cabella, 01634 560024.

Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th February 2017
Hand in Hand conference 2017 – if you want to plan ahead, this conference for people involved in ministry with children and families will be held in Eastbourne. The venue has a maximum of 500 places, so book early to avoid disappointment.


Tuesday 17th - Thursday 19th January 2017 - Employed Worker Retreat, joint with Canterbury at The Oasts, Northiam.  More details to come shortly.

Saturday 25th February 2017 - Youth Evangelism Conference

Saturday 22nd April 2017 - TOOLBOX the Conference, all day at the John Wallis Academy in Ashford.  More details to come.
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