Romance Academy: Young People, Sexting and Social Media Resourcing Day


Romance Academy is hosting an Equipping Day ‘Young People, Sexting and Social Media’ on Saturday 25th of March.

Digital platforms and social media offer young people new ways of creating identity and connections, but how much does this positively contribute to the life experiences of young people, and how much of it causes irreversible damage?

Discover the effect social media has on our young people, and exploring the influence & impact that regular exposure to sexually explicit materials has on young people’s values, identity and relationships. The day will also see the launch of a brand new ‘IsItOk?’ sexting resource,developed by Youthscape and acet UK.

Book a place on this day, to be one of the first to get your hands on this cutting edge resource.

Speakers: Rachel Gardner – Youthscape (Romance Academy Founder), Gareth Cheesman – acet UK,  Jemimah Woodbridge – Romance Academy

Saturday 25th of March 

Time: 10am-3.30pm

Venue: Youthscape

Cost: £35


Level 2 and 3 Youth Work Training Course, Bournemouth

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Over the next year AIMCommunity in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council, will be delivering Level 2 and Level 3 Youth Work Practice courses for youth workers, students, volunteers and anyone else interested in getting involved in youth work.

The course will run from May across a year in 15 sessions and cover many important aspects of youth work including Theories of Youth Work, Working with Groups, Safeguarding, Reflective Practice and much more.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, then drop in to theOpen Evening on Friday 31st March between 6-8pm to find out more. Its a drop in session, so you don’t need to stay for the whole time. If you can’t make that session, then drop an email to and they’ll arrange to get you all the information you might need.

Beacon Cathedral 2018, 4th June

The Beacon Cathedral Event last year was a huge success with lots of youth groups coming along to join in.

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This year, on Pentecost Sunday Evening, 4th June, at the Cathedral, the event will be happening again.

New Wine worship leader, Neil Bennetts, is coming to lead worship and there will be a packed programme of prayer and engagement.

Cathedrals across the UK are gathering together at the same time to worship God and pray for his Spirit. Tickets will be available soon – we’ll let you know once they are. But get it marked in your diary now


Mission Action Pentecost to Advent 2017

On the first Pentecost we read that the followers of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit and joyfully spilled out of the upper room to share their faith, seeing many thousands become Christians. The church was born!


We want Pentecost 2017 to be another time that the people of God are filled up and sent out in mission to our local communities. With this in mind, we’ll be pouring out of the Beacon Cathedral event on Pentecost evening commissioned once again to go out in mission across the Diocese.


Phil Dykes, the Diocesan Church Growth, Fresh Expressions and Evangelism Adviser, is coordinating and resourcing this period of mission so we grilled him to tell us more about what it was and how YCF leaders could get involved.


What is it?

A 6 month period, from June-November, from Pentecost to Advent, where we as a Diocesan community are going to recommit to living out the mission of Jesus. It’s a time to experiment, try some things and share some stories with one another.


What will be going on and how can YCF leaders join in?

There’s three levels of activity, to sit alongside the Mission Action Plans that parishes and deaneries have already formulated.


  1. Local Initiatives

In various parts of the Diocese there are going to be focussed mission initiatives happening. In Basingstoke the Churches together are engaging with the ‘Who Cares?’ Initiative. In Eastleigh, the churches are teaming up for Hope Eastleigh. And in Bournemouth, there’s Hope in the Community happening. So the first thing YCF leaders can do is find out if there’s something happening locally and get involved.


  1. Mission Tool Box

We’ve been building a Mission Toolbox for the Diocese – going round the Diocese, meeting people involved in mission initiatives and pulling together 3 minute videos of what they’re doing, teaming that up with a ‘How to Guide’ and a resource list, so we can equip other people in the Diocese to try out these mission initiatives for themselves. We’re hoping this is the start of the story sharing – we’ll be inviting others to pull together their own videos of their mission activities, to share the learning and creativity.

These videos will be available on the Diocesan Website really soon. We’d love YCF leaders to use some of the ideas in their contexts and let us know how they get on. But we’d also love to see YCF leaders making videos with the children and young people they work with to share the mission activities they’re doing and encouraging other parishes to do the same things.


  1. Individuals telling their stories

We want to see individuals who are passionate and confident in sharing their faith – and we want to hear what they’re up to! We’ll be creating an email address for people round the Diocese to get in contact to share their stories of how they’re sharing their faith and what difference it’s making.

We’d love to hear from children, families, young people, youth groups, leaders are all sorts in that time. So please, keep on sharing the vision of mission with the groups you’re working with, and then help them share their stories of mission with us!



Want to explore the idea of mission with your children’s/youth groups? Here’s some places to go for resources:

The Great Commission Website

iWitness – Last year’s lent course – with its resources for a variety of ages, looking at the 5 marks of mission

The Art of Connecting from Youth For Christ

Tent on the Green

Last year for the first time, in a partnership between Winchester Cathedral and Burn, the Cathedral hosted a huge marquee, with faith based activities on the Cathedral Green for the whole Pentecost weekend – 2nd-4th June.

This year – it’s happening again in an all new and exciting way. We asked Sally Dakin, the Diocesan Spirituality Adviser, to tell us a bit more about it…

“The Tents on the Green vision is for a joyful festival for ‘Sharing God’s Life’ and blessing the city, its residents & visitors – which could be adopted by Christians/churches all over the Diocese.

This year we are going for a number of smaller tents instead of one enormous one. Under the auspices of Winchester Cathedral, and with Churches Together Winchester, we want to create a festival feel in the Outer Close, with the simple aim of ‘Sharing God’s Life’ – something very open, generous & celebratory.

As last year, Steve Abley of BURN 24-7 is organising a music tent, a youth tent and a children’s/families tent for the whole weekend. Other churches/groups will be organising other smaller tents/gazebos etc, on the Saturday (June 3rd), and there’ll be people whose role it is just to be out & about in the Close and beyond, chatting to people and inviting them to join in. And we’ll have the Bouncy Cathedral.

The whole thing is designed to appeal to families and under-40s. So if you’re fall into that age range, or minister to those who do, why not come down and visit on the day!

Youth workers also might like to know that live music will be playing INSIDE the Cathedral overnight on the Friday & Saturday, 10pm-7am. (And outside during the day, from Fri. 4pm – Sun. 4pm.) As details are arranged, we’ll be letting you know how you can get involved with this.

Anyone who’d like to get involved on the youth or children’s/families side should contact Ellie Payne, youth worker at St Barnabas, Weeke, who’s one of the Wildfire team leading youth work across the churches in Winchester – and at Tents on the Green. Her email is:

Pentecost Novena 2017