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.
We want to be better at communicating with the whole diocese through every platform you engage with. We want to be better at supporting you and your ministry and let you all know about the great things going on across the diocese.
So from January 2018 we will be active and available through the following:
School of Mission (SOM) Newsletters which will come out every month (on the 3rd Friday of the month) and have loads of information about what we are up to and how we can support you and what you’re doing. We would also love to share testimonies of what is going on around the diocese, so if you have any stories you want to share then please let us know by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because we are trendy we will also be active daily over the following social media platforms:
School of Mission Facebook | SOM Twitter | SOM Instagram | SOM Vimeo | SOM Blog
The current YCF brand will be disappearing after Christmas but all relevant news on Children, Families and Young people’s ministry will still be sent via our SOM platforms.
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:
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.
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:
Youthscape have announced the contributor lineup for the National Youth Ministry Weekend taking place from 10th – 12th November in Birmingham. Speakers include Kenda Creasy Dean, Patrick Regan and Miriam Swaffield and worship will be led by Tim Hughes and the Worship Central team.
To find out more and book tickets, visit youthscape.cu.uk/nymw
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 email@example.com
An 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