Category Archives: Children

Cracking IT Ministry Training Day

Plans are underway for a one-day conference in February, hosted by Moorlands College, and run in partnership with us to get lay and salaried workers together for a day of resourcing and encouragement! We are hoping for a good selection of external agencies involved in children and family ministry to join us to share the resources they offer.

The day will be crammed with guest speakers, topical seminars and practical resources to help anyone working with families and children in the local church.  Save the date for you and your team.

SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2018

Moorlands College, Sopley, BH23 7AT

More details to follow soon

Pentecost 2018

We are really looking forward to all that God has for us as Winchester Diocese in 2018, and a big part of that is our commitment to pray and be expectant over Pentecost. We have had a great time over the past couple of years engaging with Novena (nine days of prayer leading up to Pentecost) and the service at Winchester Cathedral. We have had hundreds of prayer sessions happening across the diocese and have been amazed and encouraged by our collective call and engagement in prayer.

In 2018 we want to step it up a gear in terms of prayer and mission, and have several ways for you to get involved.

Novena – We want to pray!! We want every parish praying, and we want to engage teenagers and children in prayer too. For ideas on how to engage your churches and young people in this you can visit this website – Prayer Resources

Saturday 19th May

There is a royal wedding, FA cup final and our event on the green. More information on this day will be out soon.

 

Lent 2018

This year we are excited to announce new Lent Resources for both Adults, Inter-Generational Church and Young People. These resources are available free from:

sally.dakin@winchester.anglican.org (Adults)

Paul.smith@winchester.anglican.org  (Youth)

Andy.saunders@winchester.anglican.org  (Inter-Generational)

Prayer Spaces Events

We are looking forward to running a number of Prayer Spaces training events over the coming months.

These are aimed at those looking to start a Prayer Space for the first time in their local school, or have new team member(s) who would value hearing more about the ministry of Prayer Spaces. We are pleased to have Ian Hayes-Anderson joining us at these event, and his knowledge as a trainer and practioner in this area will be great to be part of whatever event you come to.

So whatever event you come to you will find resources, and an opportunity to get involved and be inspired to offer this to your  local school, or church group.

Saturday 3rd March 2018, Wolvesey, Winchester, SO23 9ND – 10.00am – 3.00pm

Thursday 22nd March 2018, Wolvesey, Winchester, SO23 9ND – 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Saturday 10th March 2018, Prayer Spaces Training, St Peter’s Church, Boyatt Wood, 10.00 – 3.00pm

Please contact Andy Saunders for more information / booking on andy.saunders@winchester.anglican.org, or call him on 07703 186693

New Youth Leader Appointment

Welcome to Lauren Cheshire and her lovely family to the Parish of St. Faith, Winchester. It was great to be there seeing the Church family welcome you at the Hospital of St Cross Church this morning. The Diocese celebrates with every new Youth Leader appointment as we invest in reaching out to young people. Pray for Lauren and their family as they settle in and carry on the incredible work going on in the Parish.

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First Day in the Office!

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Hello, my name is Paul Smith and I am the new Youth Advisor in the Diocese. I am married to Sarah and have 2 beautiful daughters Kayla and Edie. I live in Chandler’s Ford and was the Youth Minister in the Parish there for just over 3 years. I am really excited about this new role and all that God has for us as a Diocese. I look forward to meeting lots of you and getting to know you as I support you in your ministry to the amazing young people across this Diocese. If you need to contact me you can email me: paul.smith@winchester.anglican.org or call me on: 07841517519.

Safety online

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The proliferation of Apps offers a remarkable range of opportunities to connect, share, learn and build community on-line. But what are Omegle, Dubsmash and Tango? And what do young people (and parents) need to know about privacy settings when using them?

The following sites offer helpful advice:

Netaware
Internet Matters
SnapChat Maps
The Icebreaker email series

The Resource Room is now online!

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Are you looking for a Godly Play set?  Or material for your home group? Sunday sermon? Teaching resources?

The Resource Room holds a wide selection of faith-related books, artefacts, DVDs, posters and Godly Play sets that you can look at free of charge, or borrow for a modest fee.  You can now browse and order online at: http://resourceroom.winchester.anglican.org

Found what you need?

The Resource Room is located on the 1st floor of the Learning Centre, in the Cathedral Close, Winchester SO23 9LS.  Enter through the main door, then use the intercom and wait for the second door to be opened.

Opening Hours: Monday and Thursday, 9.30am to 4.00pm (or by prior appointment). For further information contact William Cole on 01962 857262 or williambookaholic@gmail.com

All Inclusive, Saturday 24th June, Landsdowne Church

all inclusiveAn essential seminar for all parents, teachers, church leaders, youth and children’s leaders, and anyone who cares about children and young people with special or additional needs.

This high-quality, interactive, enjoyable and challenging event will:

  • Explore some of the statistics and explode some of the myths surrounding working with kids with special or additional needs.
  • Look at some of the key strategies that you can use to make what you offer more inclusive.
  • Identify some of the amazing benefits that inclusion can bring to your whole group.
  • Highlight some further resources that you can use as you work though this with your teams.

The ALL INCLUSIVE? tour is hosted and presented by Mark Arnold, Chief Operating Officer at youth and children’s missionary movement Urban Saints (formerly known as Crusaders).

Mark has over 20 years of youth work experience and is the father of James, a boy with Autism.

For booking information click here

Supporting children and young people in a time of terror attacks

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It’s been a few months of terrible news from close to home, with two terror attacks in London and one in Manchester. Meanwhile, around the globe, particularly in Afganistan and Egypt, terror attacks have continued to devastate communities.

In the midst of these horrifying events, our children and young people can be left with a lot of questions, anxiety and concerns. We’ve compiled links to some of the resources that have been released to help you tackle these tricky issues with the children and young people you work with.

Premier Youth and Childrenswork Magazine – Manchester attack: How do we support children and young people?

NSPCC – Supporting children worried about terrorism

Winston’s Wish – Responding to children affected by the media coverage of the incident in Westminster

BBC – How to talk to children about terrorist attacks