Children & Youth

Dear Well members

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


3Generate manifesto


Each year, a manifesto is produced based on the conversations that take place at 3Generate - the Methodist children and young people's assembly - that expresses the views, concerns and aspirations of those who attended. The manifesto can be downloaded here in several formats, along with a growing bank of supporting resources.


Save the date!


3Generate 2018 will be held from 23 - 25 November at Pontins in Southport. Watch this space for information about booking.

Could your project host an OPP?


Churches who would like to host a young person to work with them, paid and trained by the Methodist Church as a ONE Programme: Participant, have until Tuesday 6 March to apply.


Placements last for one year (September to August), 15 hours per week.


Find out more information here.

Taizé Trip for young adults


Do you know any 18-26 year olds who would be interested in a trip to Taizé on 23 June – 2 July 2018? ONE Programme: Encounter and Cliff College are partnering to offer young adults the opportunity to experience a week as part of the Taizé community. Closing date Monday 5 March. Find out more here.

Connecting Disciples 2018


5 – 7 March, High Leigh Conference Centre, Herts

1 -3 June, Cliff College



Connecting Disciples is the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network conference for Methodist lay employees and children and youth workers. It offers the opportunity to explore ideas and approaches to use by workers in their own context under the banner of "Faith:Life:Work". It is also a place where they get a chance to consider how to rejuvenate and refresh their own discipleship along the way. Find out more here.



Eat Better Start Better


Action for Children is running this campaign, which gives guidance to people who care for under-fives on what young children should be eating to give them the best start in life. Information and new guidance updated in 2017 are available here.


Would you like to host BMYC?


The British Methodist Youth Choir is looking to perform two concerts this year, the first in May/June and the second in October/November. If your church would be interesting in hosting, please get in touch.


Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come 2018 has been launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury. This is a worldwide, ecumenical prayer movement calling on all Christians to pray that people might come to know Jesus Christ. The prayer is focused between Ascension and Pentecost from Thursday 10 to Sunday 20 May 2018. You can register to take part here, or click here for resources – including those for children and families.


Life in likes

The Office of the Children's Commissioner has published this report on social media use among 8 - 12 year olds.



Supporting Local Ministry


These freshly redesigned pages on the Methodist Church website are full of new content and videos. Supporting Local Ministry has learning and development resources to help you make great appointments in your local church, circuit or district.




A resource, from 24/7 Prayer, on helping young people to pray.


Encouraging discipleship within the home


Two resources are available for parents and families. The first, Parenting for Faith is a website, run by BRF, with some great ideas about faith within the home, and includes a lot of video content too. The Kitchen Table Project, run by Care for the Family, also offers some useful resources, including a free download for running an ‘Inspire’ event where parents (and others caring for children) explore faith at home together. An event tour begins in the autumn.


Resources for Lent

Going for Growth, from the Church of England, has lots of links to ideas and resources for Lent. Click here to find out more. Don't forget to also check out the Well Creative Children's Ministry blog, which offers ideas too.


Mothering Sunday

Each year the Mother's Union produce resources for Mothering Sunday, click here to see this year's, as well as archive resources.




Weston Anniversary Fund - Garfield Weston Foundation
One-off grants are available to registered charities, places of worship and state schools for capital projects that benefit local communities in the UK. Find out more here.


The Sport Challenge Fund


Offering a grant of up to £20,000 for projects that open up sport or physical activity to an under-represented group.  Applications are invited from organisations whose work is also focused on improving wellbeing, challenging perceptions towards disability and impairment, and decreasing social isolation. Deadline for expressions of interest is 9am on 19 February.


Home Office - Building a Stronger Britain Together Programme
Grants and in-kind support are available for frontline civil society and community organisations in England and Wales that are working to challenge extremism in their communities. Find out more here.


Wesleyan Foundation


In partnership with Heart of England Community Foundation, Wesleyan, the specialist financial mutual, aims to give up to £1 million a year to good causes throughout the UK. The Foundation supports both local community groups and charities nationwide. Its four core themes are health; education; social development; and innovation. Find out more here.


Strategic legal fund


Not for profit organisations and private law firms that work with young migrants can apply for grants of through the Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for Vulnerable Young Migrants. The maximum grant available is £30,000 but, in view of the limited funding available, lower applications are encouraged. Find out more here.


European Youth Initiative Fund


The European Youth Forum (YFJ) has launched this fund, which aims to make financial support available so that youth organisations can continue their important work in the field of refugee inclusion. Grants of up to €10,000 are available.



8 February, Manchester, Birmingham and Coventry


Student work meet-up


Two free events from the Student Christian Movement for student workers, church leaders and volunteers, to help plan the upcoming Universal Day of Prayer for Students (18 February) and be resourced for your student ministry. Find out more about Manchester here and Coventry here.


9 – 10 February, London


Hand in hand conference


The Hand-in-Hand conference is for anyone working in the areas of children’s and family ministry in church, whether a professional or volunteer. Find out more here.


10 February, Manchester


Ministry to fathers training day


Who let the dads out? is a BRF programme that resources churches to develop their ministries to dads, father figures and their children. The training days equip church leaders, workers and volunteers (both male and female) to get to grips with why and how to connect to men – wherever they are on their journey of fatherhood and faith. Each day runs from 10am to 4pm. Cost is £10 including course materials. Please bring a packed lunch. Click here to find out more.


21 February, Birmingham

Student work meet-up

See information for 8 February or visit website to find out more.


23 – 25 February, Bradford


Hand in hand conference


See 9 – 10 February for details or click here.


10 March, Rhyl


Ministry to fathers training day


See details of 10 February or click here for more information.


10 November, Glasgow


Ministry to fathers training day


See details of 10 February or click here for more information.

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