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

March / April 2017




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

Recently, Sarah and I, with the aid of contributors had the opportunity to put together the Diocesan Newspaper “Rochester Link”. It was a special edition featuring children and young people and the wonderful ministry that occurs across our diocese. I am pleased to share with you through this special edition the many stories, evidence that God is working his purpose out and being involved in the lives of our children and young people. There have, over the years been many depressing stories of church decline particularly in the area of younger members, but with a positive and faithful mindset let's celebrate with joy the good news stories, let's not dwell on the pity of the "good old days" but grasp with a tight grip the future, capture the excitement, celebrate and praise God for all he is doing through and with these children and young people. Of course this ministry takes a lot of time and investment by the many wonderful volunteers and the employed CYP ministers and I'd liked to take this opportunity to say "Thank you" appreciating this is a very small gesture, I can truthfully say "we love you & thank you for your commitment and faithfulness to this ministry".

To read the full paper and rejoice at God’s work please follow


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. They have now produced an animation to go with their findings -

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


Youth Ministry in a Digital Age - Grove Youth Books  - worth a read.

Ideas for last minute Lent or Easter -

a)  40 Instagram Devotionals for Lent 
b)  Weekly Lectionary Resources 
c)  Intergenerational worship ideas for Lent
d)  Online lectionary based sunday school curriculum ideas
e)  Going for Growth lectionary based resources
f)  Treasure Box - something different to help transform your family devotions, pricey but different.

Youth – “Let’s talk” is a series produced by the Methodist Church relating to mental health issues. This is a free resource and well worth looking at.

Thy Kingdom Come - this is a global prayer movement which is continuing from 2016 into 2017.  There are now resources for children and families online.

Mothering Sunday

Children's Society - free resources for mothering sunday.

Going 4 Growth - have some resources for mothering sunday which include music and craft.




Children's Work

Messy Church and the Local Congregation - read the blog from Lucy Moore reflecting on Messy Church and the local congregation. 


It's your next Step - a new book out from Eden, which replaces Get Ready, Go.  This is on the transition between nursery and school and how to keep their faith with them.

More Easter Cracked - Eden have produced this book which gives help on anything you might need for Easter - drama, craft, service outlines.

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.'  

Eden Books have some books at only £1 to celebrate World Book Day - get them quick before they sell out !


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
North Kent Training Service - this company offers high quality training services, covering subjects like time management, understanding autism or effective bid writing / responding to tenders. They are based in Medway but do service the whole of Kent.  Worth contacting if you're looking for training that the Diocese doesn't cover.  


Diary Dates 

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



Sunday 12th March 2017
TheWell@5 - 5 - 6pm at Horsmonden Social Club, TN12 8JS.  An informal café style hour for children and families.  More information contact the Church Administrator on 01892 725447

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. 

One Way UK (puppets) are holding various training days throughout the year, one being held in Bromley Parish Church on the 30th September. 

Job Adverts

St Matthew's Church, High Brooms - Full time Youth Minister.   Further information and application form available from 14th March, closing date 28th April.

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