Vacancy – Youth Minister, St Thomas Fair Oak


St Thomas Eastleigh are seeking to recruit a Youth Minister to develop, maintain and grow a welcoming culture of support, belonging and friendship within the Young Persons Ministry in the church. Invest in strategic development of the youth work and youth outreach of the Church and the integration of the young people of St Thomas’ into the wider Church family.

You can download the job description and application form here.

Applications please by the 15th September to: or Rev Ali Mepham, St Tom’s Church Office, Fair Oak Court, Fair Oak, SO50 7BG.

Harvest for Life – Send a Cow

Send a Cow is really excited to share with you our plans for this year’s Harvest. It’s is a great time to support and celebrate with rural communities across Africa where we are replacing fear, hunger and poverty with the tools and the skills to produce a Harvest for Life.


To kick start plans for your Harvest celebrations this year take a look at our video. We also have lots of inspiring resources for your churches and youth groups from vegetable jokes to discussion activities and Bible studies.  Download all the materials for free.


By celebrating Harvest with Send a Cow this year, you will give families in Africa the tools and training they need to grow a Harvest for Life Every family your church or youth group supports with our Gifts that Grow will pass on the seeds, knowledge and training to at least another five families!

REinspired Day Conference, Reading, 15th October

Inspiring Christian Faith in Schools

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Get all the details and book on here.

The Details

On Saturday 15 October 2016 :: Doors open at 9.30am and will close at 3.30pm

Held at Waingels College, Woodley, Reading, RG5 4RF

Keynote speaker is Rev Dr Kate Coleman

It is with great excitement that Rev Dr Kate Coleman will to speak to us at our Conference. We are sure that you’ll enjoy hearing her both in the morning and afternoon.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is three-fold:

  1. to affirm and encourage these Christians in their vocation
  2. to inspire schools and churches with stories of what is possible when they work together
  3. to give delegates:
    • an opportunity to see, hear and experience what resources and initiatives are available to support Christian education and ministry
    • to be inspired by fresh thinking on children’s spirituality

We will achieve this by:

  1. having an inspiring and visionary keynote speaker, Rev Dr Kate Coleman.
  2. providing opportunity for peer to peer sharing of resources via an exhibition space and workshops.
  3. providing an opportunity to network and hear about initiatives that work elsewhere

Our Programme

09.30 Conference open :: Market Place open

10.00 Welcome & Worship together

10.40 Keynote speaker – Rev Dr Kate Coleman

11.15 Coffee

11.30 Choice of Workshop

12.15 Lunch

13.00 Keynote speaker – Rev Dr Kate Coleman

13.45 Choice of Workshop

14.30 Tea

14.45 Feedback and Farewell

15.30 Close :: Market Place closes

Our Workshops

Choose 2 workshops 1 to attend in the morning and 1 in the afternoon from these choices:

Morning Workshops Afternoon Workshops
1. REinspired :: Bringing Christian RE to life :: Primary & Secondary School focused sessions 1. REinspired :: Bringing Christian RE to life :: Primary & Secondary School focused sessions
2. Mike Simmonds from BIG Ministries :: Enabling Governance that transforms schools 2. iSingPOP :: Schools, Churches and Communities brought together through music
3. Open the Book :: Bringing the Bible to life for every child in every primary school 3. Open the Book :: Bringing the Bible to life for every child in every primary school
4. The Lasar Project from University of Reading :: Science and Religion: New Ways of Thinking 4. SchoolsWork, focusing on Selfharm :: a dedicated self-harm project able to support young people
5. PrayerSpaces in Schools :: How to run a prayer space in a school 5. PrayerSpaces in Schools :: stand running throughout the day
6. Wayne Dixon, Christian Connections in Schools (CCiS) :: Secondary school focus 6. Wayne Dixon, Christian Connections in Schools (CCiS) :: sharing Scripture Union’s projects: ‘Christmas Unwrapped’and ‘It’s your Move’
7. Godly Play :: Introducing Godly Play 7. Pray for Schools :: How to pray for your local school

Choose your workshop for both morning and afternoon at the time of booking.

Book before 14 September to guarantee a place on your chosen workshop and pay the discounted price!

Booking details

Please use the booking form below to book your place. Alternatively, email us or give us a ring to book.

This link will take to a booking website where you will be able to pay for your ticket through PayPal or debit/credit card and also choose the workshops you’d like to attend.

Early bird ticket cost £17.50, up to 14 September

Standard ticket cost £20, from 15 September

Book places for your family and friends!

Get all the details and book on here.

The Road – Apologetics Video Resources for Young People

The guys at Bridge Ministries are back with their brand new venture – a website filled with video based apologetics resources for Young People. And the extra good news? They’re all completely free!

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Check out their introductory video here.

Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

The Road aims to see young people encounter the truth about Jesus, grow in confidence in their faith and be equipped to share their faith with others. We hope it is useful for young people who have little to no knowledge of Jesus but are looking for a place to start, young people wanting to ‘read up’ on their faith and as a tool for young people wanting to share their faith with others.

Why not… Point your young people in the direction of the site? Run a series of sessions around the biggest, trickiest questions of faith? Have a watch for yourself?

Peacemakers FREE training for 18-30’s!

Facing conflict can be extremely difficult in our culture. Technology allows us to approach issues from afar, deciding when and how involved we want to be. If I don’t like a situation I can simply choose not to respond. More and more communication is via email, text, and social media that there’s a danger in losing the gift of communication like Jesus modelled – in person.

Acorn Christian Healing Foundation

‘Peacemakers’ is a new course specifically tailored for 18-30 year olds to equip and empower in how to face conflict in today’s culture. Led by Acorn Trainers, Jennie Fytche and Rob Shipman, those participating will explore what happens in times of conflict, and be taught how to find appropriate and Biblical mechanisms of handling ‘difference’ before it becomes destructive.

We are excited to be offering 40 free spaces to participants between 18-30yrs! 

24th September 2016 at Whitehill Chase, Bordon. 10am – 4pm. 

Register for your free place here, or contact Jo at For more information call 01420 478121.

Sarah Long, Diocesan Youth Adviser, will be attending – so do let her know if you’ll be going too!

Self Harm UK Training, Southampton, 16th June 2016

Self Harm UK 6 Hour Training – 16 Jun, 2016, Southampton


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Above Bar Church Lounge, 69 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7FE

SelfharmUK is bringing its 6-hour in-depth training programme to Southampton in June enabling smaller organisations and individuals to get involved where the in-house training may not be feasible.

This training suits teachers, youth workers, those offering pastoral support in schools and anyone else who has professional involvement with young people.

The course includes the following:

  • An overview of the latest research on the extent of self-harm among young people and the particular groups at highest risk
  • An understanding of why young people self-harm and key steps to help young people reduce their harming
  • How to respond to self-harm disclosure
  • Alternative coping strategies for individuals who self-harm
  • An understanding of physical, emotional and psychological indicators of self-harm
  • The impact of online communities and social media
  • Legal obligations and duties on those working with young people who self harm
  • Where to refer young people locally to specialist support for self-harm and an introduction to the resources that are available
  • An opportunity to develop self- harm policy in line with organisational requirements

There are 25 places available. Numbers are kept at this level to ensure all delegates have ample opportunity to feel involved in the variety of activities and discussions offered

The cost for the session is £80. All delegates receive a certificate upon completion of the course, training notes, signposting materials for young people and 10% discount off all SelfharmUK resources.

Training runs from 10am-4.30pm




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