Category Archives: Children

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

Election News

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It’s just a couple of short days until we head to the polls for the General Election. While we may have many views when it comes to political persuasion, one area many of us overlap is a belief that children, families and young people matter.

Premier Youth and Children’s Work Magazine have pulled together their Manifesto for Children and Young People in the face of this upcoming election.

Meanwhile the National Children’s Bureau have provided this summary of what the different manifestos offer Children.

And Children England have drawn together a range of charities working with Children across England to say what they think should be in a manifesto for children.

What do you think? What might you add? Or change?

You could consider sparking some conversations with the children, families and young people you work with around what’s important to them.

And whatever the result of the polls, political engagement doesn’t stop as the polls close. Why not think together about how you can continue to work together with the children, families and young people you minister to, to hold whatever government we end up with to account?

Here’s an article from Premier Youth and Childrenswork Magazine to help you think about how you could do just that.