Category Archives: Children

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:

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

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.

Job Advert – Children’s/Youth Work Assistants, St Paul’s Church, Winchester SO22 5AB

Children’s/Youth Work Assistants

St Paul’s Church, Winchester SO22 5AB


Sunday mornings 9–11.30 am, plus 1 hour preparation time and occasional meetings


Children’s Assistant 1: To plan informal sessions for two groups of children aged 4–6 and 7–9 years and lead one of the groups.

Children’s Assistant 2: To plan informal sessions and lead a group of children aged 9–12 years.

Youth Assistant: To plan informal sessions and lead a group of young people aged 13–18 years.

All of the sessions will be on a Christian theme and appropriate to the group’s age. Each will include prayer, a Bible story, activity, game and discussion based on the ROOTS resources, which provide ideas for each Sunday.

Rate of pay: £7.50–£8.50 per hour, depending on experience.


  • there is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for the post-holder to be a Christian’.
  • aged 18+
  • good at working in a team
  • a good communicator
  • able to be creative in engaging children/young people in the Christian faith.

(A Disclosure and Barring Service check will be done for the successful applicants.)

Please contact Mary Copping, Children and Youth Work Co-Ordinator,

07921 886016,

We are an inclusive, welcoming and vibrant Anglican parish for all ages, situated in the heart of Winchester and committed to serving the community both locally and beyond. We want to be radical in demonstrating that the root of all we seek to be, and do, is found in the love of God.

@Spire Old Alresford Place, 19th June, 2-7pm

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Andy and Sarah are headed to the Old Alresford Place, 19th June 2-7pm, for an afternoon drop in sessions for all those working with Children, Families and Young people in the Alresford Deanery – or those who wish they were!

Come along with any of your questions, check out our resources stand, even bring your team for a bit of training (drop us an email if you’d like to book a specific training slot –

We’ll be there from 2pm until 7pm, so come before the school run or after work. We’d love to encourage and resource you!

It’s for… children and youth leaders, clergy, liscensed ministers, parents, volunteers, interested parties, PCC members, grandparents – you name it!

Starting Secondary School

starting_secondary_schoolIt can be a HUGE life change – you move from being the oldest in your school to the youngest, from a village primary school of 50 pupils, to a town based comprehensive of 700. The teachers are different, the environment is different, the work load is different and the expectations are different.

Leaving year 6 and heading into year 7 is a huge deal.

So how can we help young people navigate this well?
The best resource we’ve found is – It’s your Move from Scripture Union

You could:
•    Give it as a gift to every year 6 in your church or local primary school
•    Make a presentation of it to each year 6 in your church and invite them up to be prayed for on a Sunday morning
•    Look at the resource together in your group to make space for talking about how they’re feeling about the transition
•    Hold a ‘graduation’ social for the year 6s and even their families, to help them makr this key rite of passage. And why not invite the current year 7s along, so they can get to know one another a bit?

Other key practical things to consider:
Other key transitions – Often we match the transition to secondary school in our church groups, switching young people between groups at the same stage. This can work well – acknowledging their new ‘grown up’ status. But it can also mean another huge change of peer group and leaders at a time when everything else has already changed. So why not consider doing the transition sooner? Maybe helping the young people change groups at Easter in year 6, or the summer half term? Or even structuring your group so the transition falls at the start of year 6, rather than the start of year 7?

Parents – it’s a big change for parents too – how are young going to support them? And al of a sudden, parents are dealing with a child who returns from their new school day absolutely exhausted with a huge pile of home work. It might be that your new midweek youth group suddenly seems like a less vital part of life. You might (possibly quite rightly) think that this youth group is important for these young people’s well being and spirituality – but you might need to be supporting parents as they try to prioritise the new patterns and pressures of life and recognising they’re figuring out what’s best for their children in this new stage of life.