Messy Church Great Outdoors

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We know you’re excited about Messy Church Great Outdoors – we’ve seen how many hits there have been on our Facebook Page and Blog!

So as a little tease… here’s a list of all the activities we’ve got planned…

We will be…

Building Dens
Making Mud Faces
Running Around (a lot)
Firing Giant Catapults
Cooking on Camp Fires
Setting things on Fire (safely…)
Crossing Rivers
Feeding Wild Birds
Collecting Nature Stuff
Creating Natural Musical Instruments
Building a Giant Totem Pole

So now you know… there’s no excuse not to book your ticket!
£10 per family (£5 for small families)
Saturday 4th October, 1-4pm, Fairthorne Manor (SO30 2GH)

Booking form here

Poster here


Cracking Line Up!

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We’re very excited to reveal the preliminary line up of speakers for Cracking Ministry with Families, Children and Young People on Saturday 15 November at St. Paul’s Church,  Bursledon:

(Tickets £8, groups of 5 or more £40, email

All Together – Does hope for the church lie in bringing all ages together?
Murray Wilkinson
Children and Young people’s Ministry Adviser – Canterbury Diocese

Selling Jesus – Can marketing strategies ever help us share the gospel?
Dave Welch
Diocesan Youth Officer – Guildford Diocese

The Porn Problem What exactly are our children and young people looking at online? And what effect is it having on them?
Sarah Percival
Romance Academy

Prayer with Children What might a church full of praying children look like?
Sam Jordan
Families Pastor – Highfield Church

All Inclusive? Is inclusion possible in children’s and youth ministry?
Mark Arnold
Urban Saints

Learn to Listen What can counselling teach us in ministry?
Kay Pead
Family and Children’s Worker – Brockenhurst Parish Church

Sex Is the church completely missing the mark in the way it addresses sex?
Pete Larkum
Winchester YMCA

Households of Faith Have parents exported responsibility for faith development to the professionals?
Mary Hawes
National Going for Growth (Children and Youth) Adviser

 Get Out More Is it time that the church got out into the community?
Tracey Hemmerdinger
Youth and Community Work Trainer and Consultant

ROOTS Resources – July

Roots logoThese activities are normally only available to ROOTS subscribers but ROOTS has provided them free for you to try.          

‘Toast’ a drama for Harvest
Explore how often we do not appreciate all that God gives to us with 5 – 14 year olds. This drama, for two people, also touches on the theme of being willing to take risks, as well as eating a balanced and varied diet, to challenge the children!
Clothe yourselves
An all-age service for Bible Sunday, 26 October

Bible_Society_Big_Mission_logoOn Bible Sunday we take the opportunity to think about the place that Scripture has in our own walk with Jesus. Based on Colossians 3.12-17, this new all-age service encourages us to see that we can choose how we ‘clothe’ ourselves with characteristics, moods and qualities for our everyday lives and how our choices affect our interactions with those around us.
The service includes ways of exploring and responding to the Bible reading suitable for all ages, with prayers from the Bible Society.
Remembering war and building peace
An all-age service to commemorate the First World War

WW1_centenary_service_smallThe year 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and over the next five years significant events during that conflict will be commemorated. This service offers a biblical context based around the story of Joshua in which to begin our reflections on a long and epoch-making conflict.

This flexible service has been written by Ruth Pyke, the Children’s Work Adviser in the diocese of St Albans, and can be used with children and adults of all ages, in a range of different local contexts.

Helping Pray Together
helping pray togetherPrayer is so central to our worship, but how easy do we find it to write prayers – especially for times when all ages are together?  

Each week, ROOTS provides specially-written prayers for you to use or adapt as you wish. Click here to see all the prayers and prayer activities for Sunday 26 October (Bible Sunday) as an example of prayers that you can use across the whole age-range.

They’re all linked to one of the lectionary readings for that Sunday, Matthew 22. 34-46, Kingdom Questions, which explores some of the questions that Jesus was asked, and the importance of questions in our lives.                      

ROOTS resources are published in two magazines – Adult & All Age and Children & Young People, plus a supporting website.

If you’d like a free sample magazine, phone 0845 680 5317, or email to request a copy.                                        



A Stunning Weekend of Training

Think of the weekend of 14 – 16 November as the great big weekend of training.

First up – Youthwork the Conference is a stunning weekend of training for youth ministry types that has been running for around about a million years. It fuses great worship, inspirational keynote addresses and practical hands on training to create the foremost place in the UK for youth ministry training. You’ll find a bucket load of information at the Youthwork the Conference website. What you won’t find is this little secret gem… if you pop ‘DYO’ into the coupon code box on the booking page you’ll get your ticket for just £75. Plus.. if you book 4 places – you get a 5th for free! Bargain!

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If £75 or a weekend away is a bit out of your reach, then how about ten speakers, on ten subjects each for ten minutes, right here in the Diocese of Winchester?

We’re really excited to present Cracking Ministry with Families, Children and Young People. We’ve invited ten passionate souls to talk on subjects as diverse as marketing, the bible, sex, prayer, porn and more. Everyone gets to enjoy all ten presentations (which will be strictly timed) and then choose two to chat about further in workshops.

Tickets cost just £8 per person, with no church paying more than £40 – so if you book 5 places, you can bring the rest of your team for free! The venue is St Paul’s Church, Bursledon, really accessible from the M27,  not far from the M3 junction, and a 9.30 start with pastries makes it a very civilized affair. We’ll finish by 3.30 sharp – meaning time to get home and spend some time with your family too! Brilliant 🙂

Booking is super simple – just email

You can even download a lovely poster here.

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SoulNet Hub: South Central

Well this is exciting… We’re very proud to announce that in association with the Diocese of Portsmouth and SoulNet (the bit of Soul Survivor that looks after youth workers) we will be launching a brand new resource for youth leaders of all denominations.

SoulNet Hub: South Central will meet 8 times a year at St Paul’s Church, Bursledon (SO31 8DT) for fellowship, worship, teaching and prayer, with the intention of supporting people in youth ministry, helping them reflect and refresh and challenging them to go deeper in their relationship with God and understanding of the Bible.

The first event will take place on Saturday 13 September, from 9.30 – 11.30

Further dates for 2014-15

  • Saturday 13th September 2014
  • Saturday 8th November 2014
  • Saturday 17th January 2015
  • Saturday 14th March 2015
  • Saturday 25th April 2015
  • Saturday 13th June 2015

SoulNet is FREE, although we do ask that you bring a donation for breakfast if possible.

We will be developing the group with team members from SoulNet joining us a couple of times a year to join in the meeting and then to lead some training after the session, and a commitment to go on retreat together early in 2015.

This is a great opportunity – and much bigger than just the Anglican church across the two dioceses – so please invite your friends!

For more details contact:

Pete Maidment (Winchester)

Ben Mizen (Portsmouth)

1271084_10152203108461729_809245696_oTake a look at the South Central SoulNet Hub Facebook Page where all updates and info are posted. For more information about SoulNet Hubs click here.

via SoulNet Hub: South Central | DOPCANDY.

Final Call for FREE Training – Money & Young Parenthood

This is the last chance to book in for two stunning training sessions at Wolvesey, Winchester next week:

Monday 21st July, 11.30 – 1.30  – Young Parenthood. Join with other practitioners exploring how parenthood affects a young person and learning the tools to help a young person make that transition. LUNCH INCLUDED

Tuesday 22nd July, 12.30 – 5.00 – Money Skills. Help young people get a handle on money and to avoid the debt trap with this great tools from Barclays Bank. LUNCH INCLUDED

Both sessions are free and led by Dave Gibbs from UKYouth.

Book by emailing

Bookings Now open for Messy Great Outdoors

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On Saturday 4th October 2014 we will be joining with Portsmouth Diocese to run the first ever Messy Great Outdoors.

We’ll be lighting fires, building dens, cooking, running and getting muddy. We’ll praise God together, pray for the world and each other – and eat brilliant camp food… It’s going to be epic!

Booking is super simple – download the booking form here, fill it in and return it to us.

Tickets are great value – a family costs just £10, with a small family (up to 2 people) costing just £5.

If you’re coming we’d love you to download and print a poster to display in your Messy Church.