Learn to Listen

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Learn to Listen
essential training & learning for work with young people – exploring participation, church life & young people
Thursday 30th April
St Alban’s Church,
Bartons Road,
West Leigh, Havant, Hampshire
A practical evening offered by the Diocese of Portsmouth, exploring methods, models and exercises to help parishes, PCC’s and all church groups engage with young people (11-18 years old), their views and involvement in church life…

This is a “how to” session backed up by a little bit of theory. You’ll come away with resources and ideas to help engage young people positively in the life of your church.

Learn how to listen to what matters to young people! Ideal for clergy, readers, PCC members, youth volunteers and anyone interested in working with and alongside young people within their church community.
Please could you let the organisers know if you are coming so they can cater for refreshments and also have the right number of handouts. Contact : Mrs Kay Lancaster, 023 92 899 656


The Teenage Prayer Experiment

teenage prayer experimentMary Hawes, Youth and Children’s Work Adviser to the Church of England, writes:

What happens when you challenge a teenager to experiment with prayer?

Join us to find out at the London Launch of The Teenage Prayer Experiment. Meet the author, enjoy refreshments, try out some of the prayer experiments. All ages welcome.

The book is published by SPCK at £9.99, but there will be a substantial discount on copies purchased at the event.

Click here for Eventbrite booking and more information.

Scripture Union – It’s Your Church

its your churchIt’s Your Church is a 16 page A4 booklet aimed at 8 – 11 year olds who are visiting a church as part of their RE syllabus. It offers an opportunity for churches to connect with their local schools as they invite children to visit their building and community. The booklet contains generic information about churches that can easily be applied in many different denominational settings. Children are invited to become TV presenters, finding out information that they can present back at school.

Visit the Scripture Union web page here.

Top 20 children’s hymns and songs

top 20 children's songsHere’s a useful resource if you haven’t got a musician to play for your children’s group:

20 of the most popular songs as used by churches and schools across the country. Available as handy backing tracks (which feature an easy-to-follow melody line) or fun sing-along tracks, with easy to follow vocals, these songs are perfect for use in Sunday School or Family Services to get the whole church singing together!
MP3 Download: £7.99 each / CD: £9.99 each
Autumn Days
Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
Colours of Day (Light up the Fire)
From the Tiny Ant
Give Me Joy In My Heart (Sing Hosanna)
Have You Heard the Raindrops (Water of Life)
He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands
I Danced in the Morning (Lord of the Dance)
I, the Lord of Sea and Sky (Here I Am, Lord)
If I Were a Butterfly (The Butterfly Song)
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
One More Step Along the World I Go
Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Thank You, Lord (Alleluia, Praise the Lord)
Think of a World Without Any Flowers
This Little Light of Mine
We Are Marching in the Light of God
When I Needed a Neighbour
Who Put the Colours in the Rainbow
You Shall Go out With Joy (The Trees of the Field)

To listen to tracks from each album or place an order, click here



On behalf of the Archbishops’ Council Projects and Development team, Church House Publishing and Portsmouth Cathedral, we are delighted to invite you to a very special event for the national launch of GraveTalk, written by Belinda Davies and published by Church House Publishing.

This new resource helps young people to engage with death, dying and funerals. It will take place on Tuesday 19th May between 2 and 8pm in Portsmouth Cathedral and youth leaders and young people are more than welcome to go along if you can. The event is a drop in so you can pop along for an hour so and see how this awesome resource is getting people talking about death, dying and funerals.

You might be thinking why on earth is this relevant to me???? Well, nationally, our culture is changing. People are beginning to think ahead about funerals and about dying, to ask questions and to explore options. This includes young people! GraveTalk is a way of helping people to have conversations about death, dying and funerals in the context of a simple café space… it’s as if youth work and its love of café style is having an impact!

The event is taking place during National Dying Awareness week (18th – 25th May), so the organisers are expecting a high level of interest in GraveTalk. Go along any time on the day, and allow about an hour for your visit.