Children & Youth

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Methodist Children
and Youth
April 2018 
The Well
Methodist Children and Youth
Dear Well members

Below are snapshots of information which may be of help to you in your work with children and young people...



We are really excited to announce that 3Generate tickets for the 2018 event will go on sale from midday next Tuesday 24 April with no increase in price and more tickets available than last year.


After the launch date just go to the website and click on ‘How to Book’, where you will find a link to the ticket system.


3Generate is the Methodist Church’s Children and Youth Assembly and is an event where 8-23 year olds can engage with, speak out about and respond to issues that concern them. The Methodist Church can hear and respond to what our children and young people are saying.


Flyers for the event have been sent out to all ministers and are also available on the 3Generate website. Please encourage children and young people in your churches to think about attending this year’s event.


Watch the promo video for this year's event!


As usual we will need a large number of volunteers in different roles to help with the event and these are listed on the flyer. Volunteer applications open at the beginning of May.



We would love to hear how local churches and groups are engaging with this year's 3Generate manifesto and so your church/minister will have received a hard copy of a manifesto response postcard. However, if you prefer to send your response electronically, you can fill in an online version here, save it and then email it to the 3Generate team.




Are you (or do you know a young adult who might be) interested in an opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience in your chosen career? Would you like to make intentional links between faith and the working life of a vibrant and busy work place? Are aged 21 – 26? Looking for a challenge starting September 2018?



If the answers ‘yes’ then ONE Intern may be for you (or someone you know)!



The Methodist Church’s ONE Intern is a creative, hands-on and innovative opportunity for 21-26 year olds to experience a year of exploring their faith alongside a paid placement in a highly professional organisation across a variety of sectors, offering each successful applicant a unique and challenging experience. This, combined with ongoing training and mentoring throughout the year, will develop each ONE Intern professionally, personally and spiritually. Not only will it kick start your chosen career path, it will provide you with valuable skills, learning opportunities and relevant references but it will also help you add immense value to your CV and any organisation you go on to post-internship.



ONE Intern offers the chance to explore your faith in one of the ten placements available in sectors such as politics, finance, campaigning and charity, and across six unique settings including the House of Lords, Westminster and the financial district in the City of London.



Find out what some of this year’s interns think:







Please share if you know anyone aged 21 - 26 who is looking for a life-changing job/opportunity this September 2018. Click here to find out more and apply.




Connecting Disciples, which will take place from 1 - 3 June at Cliff College, is the annual conference for Methodist lay employees and children and youth workers.



This year's theme is 'Faith: Life: Work' and the event provides plenty of opportunity to worship, pray, think and learn.



You can find more information, including how to book and a list of workshops here.




Action for Children  

Sir Tony Hawkhead stepped down as Chief Executive of Action for Children in February 2018. The charity has announced that Julie Bentley will be joining as their new Chief Executive from Wednesday 1 August.


Thy Kingdom Come  

With just under three weeks to go, all Christians are invited to take part in this year’s Thy Kingdom Come (Thursday 10 May – Sunday 20 May). Resources include a new video series to share with your church networks. You can also find lots of prayer resources, including some for families, children and young people and Messy Church.


Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week, 14-20 May 2018. In partnership with Young Minds the Methodist Church have developed these educational mental health cards for children and young people. The cards provide tips on how to stay mentally healthy and information on where to get help. Now available from Methodist Publishing.


Taking it to the streets

Grahame Snelling, Safeguarding Officer for the London District of the Methodist Church, has written a blog post on the recent spike in serious youth violence that has resulted in a number of fatal stabbings. The blog also features a radio interview with the Revd Nigel Cowgill on the Government's new plans to reduce violent crime.


Do you know your story?

This article from the New York Times explores how knowing the story of your family binds you more tightly together and enables families to thrive in difficult times.


Tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE)

See me, hear me is a resource site produced in partnership by several local authorities, charities and the West Midlands police. It contains information on CSE for parents, young people and professionals, including some video content and downloadable information and posters. Find out more here.



Cinnamon Project Lab – Cinnamon Network / The Mercers’ Company

A competition is looking for ambitious church-based social action projects that want to develop their initiatives so other churches can replicate them. Project Lab 2018 is specifically looking for projects that respond to social need in Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. Two winners will receive a development grant of £30,000. Find out more.



JPIT Internships

The Joint Public Issues Team have two vacancies for one full-time and one part-time year-long internships, paid at the London Living Wage. Starting in September 2018, these vacancies are based in central London. Apply before Tuesday 1 May.


The Cliff Year

Launched at this year’s ECG, this is a new initiative for Cliff College but one that looks to the past where, up until the late 1990s, a year spent at Cliff was a formative event in the lives of many people. The Cliff Year is a gap year opportunity, for young people aged 18-29, particularly targeted at people in times of transition (for instance, just finished A levels or university). The year will focus on three things: evangelism, mission and calling. It will provide an opportunity for a small group of young people to live together in community at Cliff, spending time undertaking a range of mission opportunities and exploring God’s call on their lives. You will find more details on the college website.


Peace and Justice Forum

The Joint Public Issues Team is seeking ambassadors aged 18-25 to take part in the forum and attend the launch at Parliament on Thursday 12 July.



19 May, Elim Church, Southville, Yeovil


Christian perspectives in early years education


Hosted by Love Early Years, which encourages and supports practitioners working in early years care and education. This conference aims to equip you to meet the needs of young children, building strong foundations for present and future generations. Details here or book via Eventbrite.


26 & 27 May, West Sussex

Big Church Day Out South (also on 1 & 2 June in Cheshire)

The UK’s largest annual gathering of the wider church that creates a space for all denominations and ages to gather for worship and celebration. Find out more here.


30 May, Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Multi-faith chaplaincy networking day

A gathering for chaplains and others involved in community-based work, focused on multi-faith working. The keynote will be from Ben Ryan (Theos), author of Chaplaincy: a very modern ministry, and the day will cover subjects such as setting up and using multi-faith spaces; using sport to build bridges; the use of silence and sadness and celebration. Booking information can be found here.


1 & 2 June, Cheshire

Big Church Day Out North (also on 26 & 27 May in West Sussex)

See details for May event or click here.


13 June, Southlands College, University of Roehampton

Leaderful Church? The Susannah Wesley Foundation annual conference

A conference for anyone concerned with the practice of leadership, how and what it might contribute to the future of our churches. The day will explore what leading means and enables, and whom it involves. David Sims, Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass Business School and author of Leading by story: rethinking church leadership will be speaking. There will also be an interview with Bala Gnanapragasam, Vice-President Designate of the Methodist Conference, short presentations, panel discussions and conversations in small groups. Register for a free place here.


20 June, Birmingham


Thriving, not surviving – Chaplaincy Central conference


Each seminar and workshop will focus on how Chaplains (whether voluntary or paid, full or part-time) and school communities can thrive despite the challenges to be faced. The day will be packed full of seminars and practical workshops, exploring themes including: responding to tragedy; mental health and chaplaincy on a shoestring. Whether you are a primary, secondary or FE Chaplain, there is something for everyone. Book here.


25 June, London

27 June, Bolton

Methodist school leaders' conferences

MAST has organised these two conferences including workshops on Christian Leadership, SIAMS and RE resources. To book your place (by Friday 4 May), please email Methodist Schools.


28 June to 5 July, Nottingham

Methodist Conference

Conference is the main decision making body of the Methodist Church. Tickets for the Opening of the Representative Session, on Saturday 30 June, and for the Reception into Full Connexion and Conference Worship on Sunday 1 July, are available from the Conference website. You can also order tickets for the ordination services here. During the event you will be able to watch many of the discussions and voting via the live stream. Check out the programme here.




29 June, Birmingham

Mental health in schools: good practice in building resilience

This conference, hosted jointly between publications Children & Young People Now, Headteacher Update and SecEd brings together primary schools, secondary schools and mental health experts to offer a range of practical approaches and showcase best practice from schools leading in this area. Find out more here.

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With best wishes
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