We need your help!
Did you know that the Church of England has a Youth Council? Did you know that they meet at least twice a year, that they discuss issues pertinent to young people and the Church of England, they get observer status at General Synod and that all members get free iPads? (one of those facts isn’t true).
Every diocese is invited to send 2 young people to be part of CEYC and since it’s creation in 2004 the Diocese of Winchester has never sent anyone… (personally I blame the DYO…)
The next meeting is planned for Saturday 20 April in Oxford, and we’d love to send two of your young people to take part. Travel expenses will be covered by the Diocese, food is all laid on by CEYC and you’re guaranteed a great day!
So, if you have young people aged between 16 and 24 who’d like to get their hands on the Church of England and to give it a good shake… please let me know!
The Bible Reading Fellowship have let us have a pdf showing their new titles for Spring 2013.
Ever wondered where you can find a conference or course to help build and extend your skills? Check out the newly revamped What’s On page on the Going for Growth website. Opportunities across the country – and beyond – I recommend you copy this link into your favourites:
Two weeks into Lent – I wonder how the season takes on a different feel in your church? Goodbye to All****a, no flowers, no Gloria – a sense of deprivation as we walk the journey towards Holy Week, before the joy of Easter morning brings everyone back into the glorious risen Light! Here’s a reminder of some of the ways Going for Growth can help support the Lenten Journey and celebrate the Easter glory!
Youth for Christ have produced a series of short videos for you to use with your young adults looking at a series of 18 different subjects over the next 5 weeks. This series of groundbreaking clips are designed to get your group discussing some of life’s big issues. They’re well produced, free of charge (and nothing like nooma!) Well worth a look! here’s the intro video:
and here’s the first clip – entitled ‘comfort’:
Now, if only the internet connection at the Diocesan Offices wasn’t so terrible, I’d make a cup of coffee and watch the rest of them… #lag
What would really benefit our youth, children and family ministries is more and better rites of passage. That’s Steven Johnson’s premise in this excellent article on the Sticky Faith website, well worth a read.
CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH WORKER
MATERNITY LEAVE COVER
Winchester YMCA is seeking to appoint a Children’s and Youth Worker
to cover maternity leave in the partnership it has with St Mary’s Church,
Kings Worthy. 28 Hours per week.
Period of cover 1st July 2013 – 30th June 2014.
More information from:- email@example.com
The Center for Children and Theology have made several papers available as free downloads:
– Faith in Action for Social Justice
– Children and Theology
– Differing theological foundations of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Godly Play
All available here: http://www.cctheo.org/downloads.html
Moving home or area can be exciting – but it can also be sad and terrifying. The Revd. Rebecca Kirkpatrick tells how she tried to help her 8 year old son have a good goodbye when they moved church and home.
Looking for a book to read through Lent? Why not revisit Through the Eyes of a Child? This collection of 14 essays includes explorations of Spirituality (Rebecca Nye), Play (Peter Privett), Forgiveness (Sandra Millar), Judgement (Paul Butler) and Death (John and Olive Drane).
Each author looks at how these might be perceived by children and what challenges that makes to our theology and practice.
It’s not a ‘light’ read but it will change your understanding as you reflect on what it has to say. Well worth the investment of time and money.
Pub. Church House Publishing, £19.99