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Children and Young People

February 2017




Welcome to the latest news from the Children & Young People Team.

As Candle mass finishes the season of Christmas, we are already looking forward to the season of Lent and Easter. Many volunteers, employed workers and ministers are already planning and finding resources to incorporate into services, events and community visits. Within this latest mailing you will find resources and ideas alongside articles that explore new research and evidence into keeping children and young people engage with the Christian Faith. Seizing the day and the opportunity to create encounters with whole church congregations may seem daunting for those involved in the organising; but with a few key principles in mind and following the evidence and strategies suggested from “Rooted in church”, “Growing Young” and youthscapes latest pieces on “Losing Heart”, (please see below in Research & Reading section) communities will benefit within their Children and Young People Ministry and see a relational church that is committed to identity, inclusivity and equality and faith taking root. 

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 (youth work lead)
01634 560000


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Youth Work 

Rooted in Church - This project asked young adults who are active members of their churches, to reflect back on their experience as young people. 

Taize 2017 - looking to do something alternative with your young people this year? The Hidden Treasure weekend in Birmingham, 28 April - 1 May is an excellent way for you and your young people to experience a gathering based on Christian Unity. For more information click on the following -

Practical details
One Day Programme for 16-18s
Safeguarding information


Puppet Ministry Training Day
A practical hands on day suitable for both adults and children, where there will be plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and be inspired with new ideas.
Youthscape are holding a free Youth Leadership Development Day.  They are also putting on a National Youth Ministry Weekend in November in Birmingham.

Gender Diversity - Following on from the media’s interest in the churches response to Gender Diversity last week, this book has just been published which might be of help.

The Four Points Easter Campaign - represents the wonderful good news of the Christian message in four simple points.

Life Chances Fund - This Government Fund invites applications from local commissioners, service providers and intermediaries who seek to develop Social Investment Bonds to tackle complex social problems that affect young people.

Research and Reading

Losing Heart - A survey of youth and children's work in 2054 churches across United Kingdom, December 2016.

Growing Young - The Churches Engaging Young People (CEYP) project is one of the most comprehensive and collaborative studies ever done on this topic.

Karen-Marie Yust Article – it talks about new understandings of how young children’s faith and moral understanding develop.

Modern Families Index 2017 Report - a survey of how working families manage the balance between work and family life in the UK. 

Ambition UK - have information from a recent survey carried out by YouGov,  which shows how events over the past year have impacted on young people’s anxiety and impacted on their confidence.




Children's Work

Creative Kids Work - a new site from the Netherlands is curating a whole range of ideas around children's ministry. It's currently offering a free subscription so why not take it up and have a look at what it offers?

Telling Time Differently - Seasons, festivals and colours - the Church tells time differently. This article will help you understand the rhythm of the year.

Growing Up Digital - This week, the Office of the Children's Commissioner released "Growing up Digital" which highlighted the confusion that young people (and their parents) have over the terms and conditions which are applied when signing up to apps. The NSPCC have an excellent site with good advice about online apps - well worth highlighting for parents in your church.

Talking in Church - Carolyn Brown calls it holy whispering, but some people frown on talking in church. This blog offers some thoughts about the importance of engaging children in conversation during worship. 

Scripture Union have some new resources for Easter -
The Biggest Surprise - this is a small booklet for ages 5 - 8s and The Most Mind Boggling Mystery - designed for 8 - 11s, both aim to unpack what Christians believe about Easter.  Ideal to give away at Easter events.

The Real Easter Egg Sharing Box
Just £1 per person - Ideal for church services, assemblies, outreach events or gifts for neighbours.  Inside are 30 Midi eggs (20g) and 30 copies of the Easter story/activity poster. Each midi-egg foil reads 'The Real Easter Egg. Christ is Risen.'  

Children’s Society has a host of resources to use for the season of Lent.

Contemplative Lent Resources - This worship outline is to help in claiming an hour or so of sacred space in this manner, during a church gathering time - a great way to help people focus and refresh.


The Co-op Community Fund are now open for applications for funding from April to September 2017. 

They are looking for 3 projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK. They'll choose projects led by small, locally based organisations that:

  • benefit the local community centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes
  • have the greatest possible benefit to their community
  • make maximum use of the amount of funding available


Diary Dates 

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



Friday 3rd February 2017
1WON Young People's event Midnight Ice Skate - 11pm - 1am at the Ice Rink, Gillingham Business Park, Ambley Road, Gillingham, Kent.  Cost £5.00 per person.  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.

Saturday 25th February 2017 
Youth Evangelism Conference

Saturday 18th March 2017
Paediatric First Aid Training Day.  9 - 3.30pm at St Margaret's Church Hall, Horsmonden.  Cost £30 per person.  Only a few places left.  For more details and to book contact Sarah Cabella -

Saturday 22nd April 2017
TOOLBOX the Conference Rebooted - all day at the John Wallis Academy in Ashford.  Cost £15 per person with no lunch, with lunch £20.00.  The theme of the conference is "People vs Programme …? -
Which is more important for ministry with children and young people?  Deadline for booking is 24th March.

Saturday 6th May 2017
BOOST Satellite event at Bromley Parish Church.  Cost £5 per person. 

Thursday 23rd May - 25th May 2017
3 Day Godly Play Accredited Training - This is run by Rebecca Nye and Chris Nicolay.  Places are limited to 12 people and bookings close mid April.  So book early to secure a place.

Friday 7 - Monday 9th July 2017
Solid Festival at Stubbers Adventure Centre, Upminster.  A great weekend for youth and children. 

Job Adverts

St Mary's Church, Hayes - are looking for a Youth and Families Worker.  Closing date 28th February.

Christ Church, Chislehurst - are looking for a Families and Children's Minister.  Closing date 9th February.

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