Selfharm training


It’s thought that 1 in 10 young people will self-harm by the age of 16. When you meet that 1 in 10 will you know what to say? Would you know where to direct them for help? Would you know why it could be happening to them? is taking its training programme to Littlehampton, enabling smaller organisations and individuals to get involved where the in-house training may not be feasible. This training suits youth workers, teachers, counsellors and anyone else who has professional involvement with young people. The 6-hour programme will cover:

•   An understanding of why young people self-harm

•   Strategies for responding to a disclosure of self-harm

•   Questioning skills with young people who self-harm

•   Alternative coping strategies for young people who self-harm and the key steps to help them reduce their harming

•   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 includes refreshments and delegate packs

This session runs from 9.30am (for a 10am start) until 4.30pm (lunch not included)

Click here for full details.

Who Let the Dads Out?

Who let the dads out

Here’s an opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Who Let The Dads Out? at their conferenceat St Wilfrid’s Church, Cowplain, on 15 June 2013.

A great opportunity for group leaders to meet, encourage and learn from one another.The conference allows church leaders, church family workers and any others looking at ministries for men in a parenting/family context to hear from and learn all about Who Let The Dads Out?

All tickets cost £15.
Bring four people and get a fifth place FREE.

Click here for a flier giving full details

Book with BRF:

2013 Psalm Drummer Summer School

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In 2013 the Summer School collaboration between MIW and Psalm Drummers will return to Brighton. The Summer School explores the dynamics of worship and mission through movement and percussion.

Building on a devotional and Biblical foundation the school splits into two training streams, ‘Movement’ and ‘Percussion’. The ‘Movement’ stream includes intercessory and prophetic movement, an exploration of different dance styles and the use of props.

Through group work the ‘Percussion’ stream explores worship and intercession using different rhythms. Many types of hand drums and global percussion instruments are used.

These streams merge together to take worship and intercession out into the community.

One of the highlights of the week are the fun social evenings.

When? Monday 5th – Friday 9th August 2013
Where? Brighton
More details? Click here


Winchester Taize Pilgrimage

TaizeDiocesan Pilgrimage to Taize 2013 led by Bishop Jonathan
Deadline for applications 30th April


The deadline for applications for those wishing to join Bishop Jonathan and others on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Taize this year (from 6th July – 15th July for young people between 17 & 25) is 30th April. The application form and brochure can be accessed via the website – – or by email from


The cost is around £150 which includes coach travel to and from London, accommodation and meals. If you’ve any questions, email one of the leaders, Angi Nutt or Michael Smith via the pilgrimage email address.


Unicef Good Childhood Report Update 2013


Thanks to Mary Hawes for this update, which makes interesting reading – it appears that the Unicef’s previous report from 2007 has proved to be something of a wake up call for us in the UK, and whilst there is still plenty of work to be done, children and young people in the UK are definitely having a better time than they did 6 years ago. Mary writes:

Unicef have published their latest report card on children/young people’s well-being. UK ranks 16 overall (out of 29), but 24 in Education.

Young Person’s version of the report

Key findings summary

Full briefing

The good news:
» 99% of girls don’t get pregnant while still a teenager
» 92% of children don’t smoke cigarettes
» 85% of children aren’t overweight
» 86% don’t use the drug cannabis
» 85% don’t get drunk
» about two thirds are neither bullied nor involved in fighting

Short video of young people talking about their lives

Christian summer camps

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One of our youth leaders has emailed me with this to say: “I became a Christian myself through the witness of a group of Christian leaders on a Summer Camp and every year I read at our Baptism and Confirmation service stories of how they’ve had a lasting impact on young people’s faith. There are camps associated with Urban Saints and CYFA Ventures .  I myself run the Dorset Venture camp as part of Urban Saints and I would also recommend the M&M Camps and Quantock 3 ” 

Why not check out their websites for details of the camps they’re running this summer?


Youth Pilgrimage to Winchester Cathedral

IMG_0489On Monday 27 May, a youth group from the churches in Alton will be pilgrimaging to Winchester Cathedral… They will be setting out at 7:30 in the morning for the 20+ mile journey across the diocese, aiming to arrive at the Cathedral at 6pm for a quiet act of reflective worship and a fish and chip supper in the Cathedral Close… and you’re invited to join them!

The vision is for groups from across the diocese to travel to the Cathedral to meet up and worship together at our mother church, celebrating the ancient tradition of pilgrimage and joining together as young people to proclaim our shared faith in Jesus Christ.

We’ll provide: outline for reflections for your group on the journey, a led act of worship at the end, a central order for fish and chips (or a van if enough people are interested) and advice and guidance on how to plan your trip (including sample risk assessment forms to help you with you preparation!) You provide – the blisters!

If you think your group is up for the challenge then get in touch with to have a chat!

Download a poster here