Category Archives: family 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.


Moorlands College, Sopley, BH23 7AT

More details to follow 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: (Adults)  (Youth)  (Inter-Generational)

Safety online

cell phone
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:

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:

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

pensive child

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

polling station

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.

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: