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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.


Moorlands College, Sopley, BH23 7AT

More details to follow soon

Premier Digital Conference

Do you use the digital within your youth or children’s ministry?

Do you have young people around who are passionate about youtube, Instagram or snapchat? Want to help them explore using those platforms in mission and ministry?

Or do you wish you could just figure out how to use technology to interact with the children, young people and families you work with?

Well, Premier Digital Conference is the Conference for you!


Loads of resources for people interested in the digital world, seminars for those ‘just starting out’, and seminars tackling the issues young people are facing.

Sarah will be heading up to London for this (catching the 0756 train from Winchester which gets in at 0908 to Waterloo and then catching the Tube across to the conference. Meeting others at Waterloo by 0920) and she’d love to take you, members of your team and some young people you bring, along with her.

Find out about the conference here.
Book your tickets here
Drop Sarah an email ( to link in with her.

Diocesan Conference – Your Thoughts

Along with a whole group of others from across the Diocese, we (Andy and Sarah) are off in just over two weeks to the Diocesan Synod Conference (see the programme here)


We’re aware as we go that we have the privilege of representing a small army of YCF leaders and whole magnificent hoard of Children, Young People and Families. We want to make sure you’ve had a chance to let us know what you’re thinking, even if you’re not able to be there with us.

So with that in mind, we’d love to hear from you either in the comments below or via email, your thoughts on these questions. And we’ll do our best to take your thinking with us as we go!

  1. Where are you seeing the 4SPs make a difference amongst Children, Young People and Families?
  2. What do the Young People, Children and Families you engage with want to see from us as a Diocese and parishes as we continue moving forwards?
  3. What would you like to see us doing as a diocesan community to engage with Children, families and young people, under the banner of the 4SPs?
  4. Are there particular issues that you want us to have on our minds at conference?
  5. Anything else you want to say to us?

We’re excited at all the potential this conference holds for helping us move forwards. Thanks for being on the journey with us. Please do also pray and join in on twitter (#winchestermission)

We’ll make sure we let you know how it all went once we get back.

Fusion Student Worker’s Conference, 2016



Great improvisation comes from working hard at a craft or a skill. It requires dedication and commitment.

God is looking for a generation who can improvise the gospel in the student world; students who have so immersed themselves in Scripture, in the story of God and been so captivated by Jesus that they know how to act out his message to a watching world.

The Student Work Conference is designed for church leaders, student workers and their teams – an opportunity to gather with others, seek God ahead of a new year of ministry and be equipped for all that lies ahead.

Book now


  • Friday 2nd September, 10.30am – 9pm (registration opens at 9.30am)
  • Saturday 3rd September, 9am – 5pm (registration opens at 8.30am)


Sheffield University Students’ Union
Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG

Early bird rates end 31st May 2016. Team discounts available. 

Chaplaincy Central Conference 2016

Inspirational Chaplaincy

chaplaincy central

A day conference for those involved in schools and FE chaplaincy

Organised by Chaplaincy Central

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST) Add to Calendar
Christian Life Centre – 900 Bristol Road Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6HW, United Kingdom – View Map
How much
£25 per place

Tickets available here.

LST Youth & Worship Intensive

‘We grow authentic disciples’ – Strategic Priority 1, Winchester Diocese

Youth and Worship


Intensive course at London School of Theology

27-29th January 2016

We are very pleased to be welcoming two guest speakers for special evening events during the intensive. You can join us just for these evenings (free admission), or sign up for the whole 3 day intensive course to get the full experience!

Marcella Antunes will be speaking on developing a young worship team on 27th Jan. She leads the Youth Worship team Hillsong Guildford and loves seeing the next generation passionately serve God with their creative talents.

Amy Tolmie will be sharing from her experience engaging young people with contemplative spirituality and reflection, primarily in school contexts. She works for Youthscape, as project manager for schoolsworkUK.


Passionate about young people and worship?

Excited about releasing teenagers to lead?

Wanting to go deeper in your understanding and practice?

This is the course for you!

Led by: Sam Hargreaves (LST,

Join LST Music & Worship students as we explore together the creativity, challenges and rich potential of inviting young people to worship God. Be inspired to encourage them in leading worship themselves, in diverse forms of music and prayer.

The course blends theory and biblical input with lots of practical discussions, usable examples, and opportunities to try things out together.

Case studies from prominent youth worship movements (such as Soul Survivor, Alternative Worship, Hillsongs, Prayer Spaces in Schools) help ground different approaches in reality, and LST faculty are joined by key worship facilitators from across the UK, sharing insights and leading us in worship.  In addition there are optional trips to prominent London youth services.

Feedback from last year:

“I haven’t stopped talking about it to friends, colleagues and volunteers since I got back. What I have learnt from the course has definitely enriched my thinking and will influence the way I do and advise on youth ministry.”

“The first ever Youth & Worship intensive weekend was a joy to be a part of!  There was a great mix of LST students and additional guests from all over the country – different church backgrounds and experiences, and this created great discussions.  Beth Croft came and led us in worship on the Friday evening, and then spoke from the heart about the importance of raising up the next generation of worship leaders.  She advocated a costly mentoring where we ‘share life’ with the young people we are trying to release, and we ended in prayer and commissioning.

“The rest of the weekend covered some deep theory, which was cashed out in practical discussions and examples.  As case studies we looked at Soul Survivor and Alternative Worship, and students were placed in groups to begin planning example services.”

Ideal for:

  • Youth workers (paid, interns and volunteer)
    Worship leaders
    People considering further study in youth ministry

Topics include:

  • Music and young people
  • Generation Y/Z
  • Multi-sensory and interactive worship
  • Youth and adult church
  • Contemplative spirituality in youth ministry
  • Stages of faith development
  • Outward-looking worship
  • Developing young worship leaders

Teaching and learning

Pre-reading will be sent to all students prior to the intensive as PDFs, to help you ground your learning in current material.  Classes will mix up-front teaching with discussions, examples, and opportunities to work in groups.  If you wish to take the written assessment then you can pay a small extra fee for it to be marked.

Main lecturer:

Sam Hargreaves was until recently Programme Leader for the LST Theology and Worship course and has taught Youth and Worship for the past six years.  He also runs with his wife Sara, and they have extensive experience leading training for youth groups and churches, creating innovative resources and leading worship at events like Youthwork Summit, New Wine youth venues, Spring Harvest and Greenbelt.  They write a monthly column in Youthwork magazine, and have authored a book, a DVD resource and a series of creative journals.  He has an MA in Contemporary Worship from Kings’ College.


Weds 27th Jan

1.30-5.30pm: Session 1-4
6.00-7.00pm: Dinner
7.30-9.15pm: Special guest, sessions 5-6

Thurs 28th Jan

9.30am-12.20pm: Sessions 7-9
12.25-1.15pm: Lunch
2.00-5.00pm: Sessions 10-12
6.00-7.00pm: Dinner
7.30-9.15pm: Special guest, sessions13-14

Fri 29th Jan

9.30am-12.20pm: Sessions 15-17
12.25-1.15pm:  Lunch
2.00-5.00pm: Sessions 18-20

(Sessions 21-24 are trips to youth services which are essential for those taking the assessment – dates TBC).


(includes dinner on Wednesday, lunch and dinner on Thursday, and lunch on Friday)

Without assessment £245

With assessment and certification from LST £485

With credit bearing within an LST programme £685

Extra meal bookings optional, and some accommodation available: call Ms Ruwani Gunawardene for details or to book places.

Call: 01923 456220, or email:

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Hand in Hand Conference 2016

Hand in Hand 2016

Whatever your involvement in children’s or family ministry there will be something for you over the weekend.

Time to connect with God, be refreshed and reflect on your ministry

• Through worship and Bible study in our main stage sessions. Paul Butler (Bishop of Durham) will be exploring two stories from the Bible as he speaks on Nurtured and Nurturing on Friday and Saturday; Lou Fellingham will lead us in worship as we Rejoice! on Saturday evening.
• Through opportunities for prayer, reflection and to encounter God during the optional session times on Saturday.
• With space in the programme for you to take time out – for a walk on the beach, a conversation with another delegate, exhibitor or speaker, or prayer with a member of our pastoral team.

Time to develop fresh ideas about your ministry with children and families

• Through the challenge from our final main stage speaker – Terry Williams (SU, Queensland Australia) to consider the need for information and formation if we want to see transformation.
• Through our programme of optional sessions with streams addressing family ministry, focused on the relationship between church and families; mission, focused on how we reach out to families and children in our locality; Holy Spirit, focused on ensuring a Spirit/Word balance in our ministry.
• Through the ‘deeper for leaders’ sessions –one within each of the three streams.
• Through the Additional Needs Alliance forum, incorporated within the optional seminar programme, which this year will address What happens at the top of the ramp? Getting the practicalities in place to welcome children with additional needs is only the first step. We will also explore and celebrate ways to recognise and encourage spiritual development.
• Through clinics, where you can book to discuss issues you may have with your children’s or family ministry with some of our team

Time to be resourced for your ministry

• Through Hands On workshops, including our Hands On Discovery afternoon on Saturday when local families are welcome to come along and you can join them in sessions seeing the theory in practice. This will conclude with a celebration led by Bob Hartman.
• Through our exhibition and shop areas where you can meet with many of the organisations and ministries resourcing aspects of children’s and family ministry with products, ideas and local events.

Full details can be found here


Follow: a Christian day festival for 21st century disciples

follow 2016Hosted by the Central Readers’ Council of the Church of England and open to all:

Motivational teaching, practical resource centre, inspiring worship, 24-7 prayer, world food, Messy Church

With Paula Gooder, Mark Greene, Mark Russell, Pete James, Debbie Thrower and many others

Lucy, Jane and Martyn will all be there running Messy Church, leading seminars and looking forward to chatting to as many of you as possible.

Where: De Montfort Hall, Leicester

When: 16 July 2016 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

For further information and to book visit or tel 0116 233 3111

Cost: £5 per ticket, under 5s free. Block booking advised as there is a £3 booking fee per booking