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

June 2016


Children and Young People Festival
If you're looking for something to do in the Summer, then bring your family / church groups and come to the Children and Young People Festival.  There will be worship, craft and inflatables along with other activities for the children and young people, an "It's a knockout" for the whole family and video booths, bungee run and lots of other things to do, including circus skills, ice cream van and tuck.  The cost is just £2 per child or young person, adults are free.  Discounts available for 10 or more children / young people.  Book now ! 

To book contact Sarah Cabella with the  name of your church, the number in your party - children, young people and adults and the main contact for your group.  We will then send you final details along with your wristbands for entry.  Further details can be found, along with a flyer, under the Diary Dates section or click on the title of this paragraph.

CYP Staffing Update
I hope this newsletter finds you well and you are enjoying the longer days and warmer (!) weather and the opportunities this brings for ministry with children and young people within your church, parish and local community.

I am writing to provide an update on some staffing changes which will take place over the summer ahead of the autumn term.  After much careful thought and prayer, Nick White, our Diocesan Adviser for Children and Young People has decided to step down from his role within the Education Team here at the Diocese.

Some of you will know that Nick is currently studying part-time, training for ministry role and this requires a commitment which has made his role as a Diocesan adviser challenging.  Although we will be very sorry to see Nick leave the team and the Diocese, we are grateful for his time with us and the work he has done with parishes across the diocese especially his work as the lead adviser for children’s work. Amongst other things, Nick has led on the development of the Child Friendly Church Award and also the training for those involved in children’s work including Godly Play and KEY training.

We wish Nick well as he continues with his training and I will write to you again after the summer with our plans for this aspect of our work with you for the year ahead.

With warm wishes for the summer,
Alex Tear
Director of Education

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 

The Seriously Awkward Campaign in Parliament - A crucial opportunity has arisen to strengthen the law to protect 16 and 17 year olds from sexual exploitation. The Policing and Crime Bill, introduced by Government in February, could see changes that mean older teenagers are better protected. As the law stands, police cannot step in and protect older teenagers in the same way they can protect children under 16. By making a few amendments to the Bill, the Government can change this.  Please call & tweet your MP to support changes to the Bill.

Working with Autism - Something to try -   If you work with children or young people with Autism this is definitely worth doing as a group activity, using them within sessions.

Tricky Topics - It can be difficult talking about those tricky topics, you know, umm feeling blue, errr birds and bees... We create phrases to avoid saying what we are really talking about: Children's Society have produced 6 sessions which come highly recommended not only by myself but other Diocesan and National professionals.

Children's Commissioner for England Report - read the shocking statistics of children and young people accessing mental health services in England.

Job Opportunity
Church of England National Youth Evangelism Officer - National Youth Evangelism Officer



Children's Work

Hide and Seek - A helpful article about the spirituality of children by Rebecca Nye in Premier ChildrensWork magazine.

Premier Childrenswork survey - whether you are a parent, grandparent, involved in children’s ministry or a church leader, they would love to know your thoughts on children, families, faith and the Church, to help shape their future content. To complete their survey by 30th June, click here.

Grandparents count – this reflection reminds us of the important role grandparents play in nurturing children’s faith. You may also be interested in this article from the Sticky Faith website about  the role of grandparents in children’s faith formation .

Month of Prayer for Toddler Groups – Please make a point of praying for church toddler groups this month. For prayer ideas everyday, visit the 1277 Facebook Group

Telling the Bible and Telling the Gospels - If you are looking for inspiration in the way you tell Bible stories, Bob Hartman’s books are well worth a look.

Free Holiday Club resources - We have a handful of holiday club programmes still to re-home. Please contact if your church could make use of one.

New publications from BRF Barnabas – click on the links for more info.

Outdoor Church  
10 Minute Assemblies for 4-11s  
Messy Hospitality  

BRF Barnabas in Churches – this website is full of ideas for your Sunday and midweek groups, material for all-age worship, links to their published resources books, and resources for training . Browse the latest additions or search for ideas and resources for a specific theme, bible passage or activity.


Diary Dates 

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


Friday 8th - Sunday 10th July 2016
Spree - South of England Show Ground, Ardingly, 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.  

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 - 3 places left !

Saturday 24th September 2016
Playtime 2016  – this national conference for toddler group leaders and helpers takes place in Bristol. For all the details visit the Care for the Family website.

Tuesday 11th October 2016
South East Partnership BOOST Conference -
9.45 - 4.30pm at Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3DW.  Cost £25 per person (early bird price before 9th September, afterwards £30).  Price includes lunch.  To book click on the link above.

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.
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