3-day Godly Play training course in Lymington

We’ve just been told of a 3 day training course based in a church in Lymington (Roman Catholic). The course will be in June 18-20th 2013.

There are only a few places so first come, first served.

The details are below, but to book people need to go to the website: http://www.godlyplay.org.uk/3daycourses.html and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Or contact sheila.rogers@talktalk.net if there are queries.

Where: A non-residential course at Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph,132 High Street, Lymington, SO41 9AQ

When: 2013 June  18th,19th, 20th  (tues-thurs). Each day will start at 8.30am and finish at 6.30pm on Tues & Weds, and at 5pm on Thurs.

Cost: £295 non-residential (to include lunches)

Led by Rebecca Nye and Peter Privett

For nearby residential accommodation visit


Taize Pilgrimage 2013

Revd’s Angi Nutt and Michael Smith have asked me to pass on the following message:

Following the first Pilgrimage to Taize in Summer of 2012, Bishop Jonathan will again lead a group of young people to Taize in Summer of July 2013 (6th – 15th). The Pilgrimage is aimed at those aged 17 – 25 and should cost no more than £175 (the overall cost in 2012 was £150). This covers return coach travel from London and all accommodation and food costs.

Whilst we appreciate that there is a lot going on with other events and activities, Bishop Jonathan is keen to enable young people the opportunity to explore other opportunities. Taize offers a unique experience for young people to question, challenge, discuss, pray, sing and challenge with other young people from all over the world.

We would be very interested in coming to talk with you and/or your youth groups & young people about whether you would have any  young people who are interested in the Pilgrimage. We are happy to lead Taize-style worship or talk to  groups small or large!.

There is more information on the the Pilgrimage website; http://winchestertaize.wordpress.com where there are online forms and other literature.

Email: winchester.taize@gmail.com

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and  on Twitter @winchestertaize

Taize’s own website  is full of useful information about the Community and their work with young people.


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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Interfaith resource for primary age children

The Children in URBan Situations (CURBS) Project has produced a new resource for working with primary aged children called ‘Kids United’. This is a kit especially for Christian groups/schools/churches serving mainly Muslim communities, which aims to be sensitive to Muslim culture and beliefs while sharing God’s love in a distinctively Christian way.

Read more on the Children Matter! website.


Community Bible Breakfast at Moorlands College

On 13th November 2012 at 8am you are invited to  a free fantastic breakfast at Moorlands College to hear from Stephen Cave, from Biblica.

Stephen will share about the work of Biblica and especially their new Community Bible Experience. Moorlands is pleased to be able to host this event as they consider encouraging more and more people to get into their bible can only be a good thing.

If you are looking for a fresh way of encouraging your congregation, home group or even friends to dig deeper into the Bible this is a ‘can’t be missed’ opportunity to find out how.

For more information, and to book, contact Nes on events@moorlands.ac.uk

The Grace Course – a brand new discipleship course for church from Freedom in Christ

Freedom In Christ Ministries is delighted to annouce the launch of a brand new discipleship resource for churches.

The Grace Course is a straightforward, effective way for churches to help Christians understand God’s grace and be motivated by God’s love alone, so that they go on to bear “much fruit”. It provides powerful, practical ways to submit to God, identify faulty thinking and renew the mind.

The course has been over three years in the making and has been extensively tested. It launches officially in the UK in mid-November; click here to read more about it.

Resources for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany

If you’re in need of resources for Advent, Christmas or Epiphany, save yourself some time by clicking on the Going for Growth resources pages; there are loads of resources free for you to download:




Christmas comic-book give-away brings the Bible to UK teens

Bible charity SGM Lifewords is offering schools and youth-workers across the country a brand new resource, free of charge, to share the Christmas story with young teens.

The manga-styled 24-page comic tells the story of Jesus’ birth in the Bible’s own words, and is aimed at 10-14 year olds. SGM Lifewords’ Danielle Welch says: “We hope Journey Out of Darkness will communicate that the Christmas story isn’t something you grow out of and leave behind. We pray that young people will read it and be intrigued enough to pick up a Bible and read on into the gospel story, discovering what happens when Jesus grows up.” 

Read more, including how to order, by clicking here.

Church of England Newspaper… for the Young!

Amaris Cole, a reporter for the Church of England Newspaper has sent this to us about a new email newsletter aimed at 18-24 year olds – could you get involved?

“From October, we will be sending out a free newsletter-style email to all young people (and the young at heart) who have subscribed to this service. This will include a blog from someone at school, university or working with the youth, telling their story. Film and book reviews, budget recipes, events and style will also feature month-to-month, in an easy, stylish format. We’re calling it College Street – that’s where we are based in Westminster and the name seems to fit!

As many of you who have seen the paper will know, we haven’t really catered for youth up until now. This is where I am hoping you could help me. Would you be able to get the word out about this resource? As I mentioned, it is completely free and they will only receive the one email a month I mentioned – never any advertisements or other rubbish! It would be great if you could ask any interested person (this is really aimed at 16-24 year olds, but anyone is welcome to subscribe) to email cen@churchnewspaper.com with their name and email address. Just mention in the subject it’s to subscribe to College Street and I can pop them on the list.

If you know of anyone who would be willing to write something for this, I would love to hear from them, too. This really is an organic project and I am completely open to suggestions – what do you think we should be covering here? At the moment we are partnered with Fusion, XLP, CVM and UCCF on this, but would welcome any other groups or individuals who you believe has an important message to bring our youth.”

Showing and Telling: A St Laurence Conference

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St Lawrence Reading have pioneered a missional church among young people for the last ten years and on the 24th and 25th January are opening their doors to share their learning, journey and experience with others. In their own words, come along “If you feel the weight of the growing chasm between church and young people!”

They further explain,

“Now into its tenth year, St Laurence Reading is in a unique position within the Church of England: a Fresh Expression with double digit years behind it, plenty of momentum and a sense that things are going from strength to strength. Up until now we have kept our heads down and avoided touting what we do as a model for others. But over recent months we have been made increasingly aware of something: that we might have a responsibility to share what we have been given, not to start a franchise, but to offer a model, a host of lessons and practical encouragement for others who are called to a similar path. We want to do all we can to initiate and support any who want to embark on this journey”

Details are here: Showing & Telling Brochure Text.doc and here: showing and telling.pdf


HT: http://www.youthblog.org/