Christian Aid Collective

Colombian FlyerBen Palmer has contacted us to introduce himself:

I’m the Christian Aid Collective Intern for the area and my job is to work alongside local church youth groups to look into issues of injustice and faith.  So if you’ve got a youth group, I’d love to come along and inspire them! I’ve also recently been out to visit Christian Aid partners in Colombia and have come back with some incredible stories to share with youth groups.

Contact details: or call 023 80 706969


Starbucks funding alert


Funding of up to £2000 available for young people across the country!

UK Youth and Starbucks are delighted to announce that Starbucks Youth Action funding is available for young people to deliver a project making a positive difference to people in their community.

Young people aged between 16-24 and living anywhere in England, Scotland or Wales can apply now for funding. Applications are open NOW until 9am on 17 March 2014. 

If you’re interested in applying please visit the UK Youth website for further guidance or if you have any questions please do get in touch:

Email or call her on 07720 339 221 or email or call her on 020 3137 3810 Ext 408

From bread, to goats or push ups – whatever your project involves Youth Action could be funding it in 2014!


Quantock 3 summer venture


Quantock 3 Summer Venture (14-18s) 5th-13th August 2014

Quantock is for anyone aged 14-18 who wants to have a great summer holiday: Quality location – a Hogwarts style mansion deep in the woods in the Quantock Hills. Quality food – BBQs & banquets. Quality friendships – old & new. Quality activities – fast & furious, quiet & creative. And a quality chance to explore or deepen in the Christian faith: an informal meeting each evening with great music & bible talk; a morning small group discussion; mature Christian leaders to chat to. Our young people come from Hampshire and across the UK. We are a part of CPAS ‘Ventures’ &  are run by a  dedicated team of trained leaders led by Rev Nick Weir from St Mary’s, Basingstoke.
Tel: 01256 830028

Bono on the difference between Grace and Karma

Bono 2Here’s a blog I read recently on the Resistance and Renewal site:

“It’s a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma…

You see, at the centre of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you; an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics – in physical laws – every action is met by an equal or opposite one.  Its clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe.  I’m absolutely sure of it.

And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that “As you reap, so will you sow” stuff.  Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.

That’s between me and God. But I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge.

Read the full article here.

Are we there yet?

The story of Moses
A play performed by  the children and young people of St Paul’s and Western school, and there is a great band as well
Directed by Bill Lucas, there’s drama, singing, dancing

where? St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Hill, Winchester
when? Saturday 1st February 2014 at 5pm
cost? free, but there will be a retiring collection
more info? contact Revd Mary Copping, 07921 886016

for a poster, click here.

Youth Service at Chandlers Ford

Here’s news of a half-termly Youth Service, for all Secondary School aged youth across the area, and you’re invited!
Youth Worship Band, Talk, Pizza, Games and MORE!

Why should you go?
Get to know other Christians in the area, and to know God better. If you don’t know God yet then come along to see what it’s all about. Bring all your mates and have a great time!

where? St Martin in the Woods Church, Queens Road, Chandlers Ford SO53 5AG
when? 6.30-8.15pm 9th February 2014
more info? click here

Ordained? Me??!!


Across the UK there is a growing number of young people who are expressing an interest in a vocation to ordained ministry. We’re really keen to promote young vocations across the diocese and so in partnership with the national church we are running an event for young people aged 14-25 to come and explore what ordained ministry might look like. We would love you to join us with any interested young people on Saturday 8 March 2014 at The Church of the Ascension, Bitterne Park (SO18 1FX), from 10.30 until 4pm for worship, food and input. Speakers at the day will include +Tim, Jonny Baker and Liz Boughton (the Church of England’s National Young Vocations Adviser) as well as others. It’s a free event, which we hope you will be able to join us for. Please could you email to book places.


The Key at Four Marks

thekeylogo_colourThe Key is back!

Pete and Andy have a new vision for The Key youth and children’s worker training.  Combining the best features of The Key and The Key 2, the training day will now consist of three main sessions:

1. Reviewing your ministry and setting out the vision and values for your youth/children’s work
2. Faith development of children and young people, including how they learn and how you plan to meet those needs
3. Risk assessment and child protection

When? Saturday 1 March 2014, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Where? Church of the Good Shepherd, Four Marks, GU34 5AA
Cost? £5 per person, please bring your own packed lunch


Book through Lesley Grimm:
telephone 01962 710970

Youth work and church growth: what works

Westsminster Faith debatesNaomi Stanton is a lecturer in Youth Work at YMCA George Williams College. She has research experience in Christian youth work, past and present. She has professional and voluntary youth work experience in local authority, voluntary sector and faith-based settings. She is on the editorial board for the open access journal, Youth and Policy (

She’s written a very interesting piece on what works with youth; click here to read it.