Children & Youth

Methodist Children
and Youth
February 2019
 
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...

FEATURED NEWS

CHECK OUT THE 3GENERATE MANIFESTO

 

  

Each year a 3Generate manifesto is produced, based on the conversations that took place and expressing the views, concerns and aspirations of the children and young people who attended. The 2019 Manifesto is now online, along with a growing bank of ideas and resources to help workers - and the whole Church - engage with the issues raised. Visit the pages now to find ideas for engaging with the following issues:

  • Tackling homelessness
  • Looking after the environment - including signposting to church audits with Eco Church
  • Learning about people in our communities - including some great resources from The Feast on interfaith work with young people.

 

We would love to hear how local churches and groups are engaging with this year's manifesto and so your church/minister will receive a hard copy of a manifesto response postcard.

 

However, if you prefer to send your response electronically, please fill in the online version (can be downloaded as a Word document from the Manifesto page) and email it to the 3Generate Team.  

10 WAYS TO BELONG

 

Launched today with a short Facebook live moment at 4pm, this new resource follows-on from our Belonging Conference, which was live-streamed in September 2018. Please do join Gail and Mark at 4pm, as they introduce the resource and talk about some ways that it can be used.

 

10 Ways to Belong has some of its roots in 3Generate as it began with conversations with children and young people about what would help them to belong better in church. Further work was then done to develop this as a way for churches to consider questions around welcome, participation and inclusion.

JASMINE ASKS US TO BE COURAGEOUS

 

Methodist Youth President, Jasmine Yeboah, has chosen the theme of #courageous for her year in post, with a different focus each month. In February, she is challenging us to speak courageous truth.

 

To discover more about her theme for the year and to follow Jasmine and join in the conversation, find her on Instagram or Facebook.

METHODIST INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

 

The Methodist Church is seeking young people aged 21-26 who want to develop their careers and faith.

 

The internship programme offers a year exploring faith and personal development alongside paid employment with a range of professional organisations across a variety of business and charity sectors.

 

Application deadlines are throughout February depending on individual internships. Find out more here.

 

ONE ENCOUNTER

 

The One Encounter programme offers young people a chance to have experiences that expand their horizons. The programme still has space on the planned trip to Ibiza in 2019 (16-28 June, application deadline 25 February).

 

To find out more, click here.

 

OPP HOST PROJECTS: APPLICATIONS OPEN

 

We are currently looking for churches or projects to host a ONE Programme Participant (OPP) in 2019/20.

 

Closing date is 5 March 2019.

 

See the ‘Becoming a Host Project’ page on the website for more details. Or watch this video.

 

Hosting an OPP is an excellent opportunity for districts, circuits, churches and church projects to have input from, and into, a young person aged 16-23 based in their project for a year-long, paid, training-provided, internship.

 

We are always keen to find a wide variety of different projects that can offer an exciting and supported year to an OPP.

OTHER NEWS

  

EXPLORING THE ROLE OF SPORT IN FAITH AND MINISTRY

The Youth Sports Gathering, 3 - 11 August 2019 in Sunderland, will provide 24 young people, aged 16 – 25 and from across the UK and Europe, with the opportunity to meet with each other and develop sports coaching, faith sharing and youth work skills. This event is delivered as a partnership between Methodist Children, Youth & Families, Sunderland Samba FC and the European Methodist Youth and Children’s Council. Participants will lead activities during the Sunderland Samba Festival of Football and community sports sessions with asylum seekers and refugees. This is a great way to explore sport and faith in both theory and practice. For more information and/or an application form, please contact John Boyd (07751 944500).

 

SCHOOL NURSE CONSULTATION WITH PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
The British Youth Council (of which the Methodist Church is a national member) is working with Public Health England to understand the experiences and views of young people about their school nurses. The consultation is open to 11-18 year olds and closes at the end of February. Please share the link to the consultation with your young people.

 

STAFFORDSHIRE YOUTH UNION ACTION ON TRANSPORT CUTS

Bus passes that provide young people with discount travel in Staffordshire are due to be axed as part of the proposed budget cuts from Staffordshire County Council. The ‘Your Staffordshire Card’ currently provides young people aged between 11 and 19 with cheaper fares. Staffordshire Youth Union, part of SCVYS, have launched a petition challenging this decision as it will impact on young people’s ability to access education and services. Alfie Grenn, a member of Staffordshire Youth Union says: “with a Staffs Card my journey to school which costs £1.30 each way will increase to £4.20 for a return. Each day my travel costs will increase by over 60%.” If you work with young people in Staffordshire please share this petition with them.

 

THE CLIFF YEAR

The Cliff Year is a gap year with Cliff College for 18-25 year olds. It's an ideal time to invest in yourself and your own faith. Over a period of 11 months participants will be given time for their faith to grow, be equipped to share their faith, and receive training and experience to positively impact the world. Find out more here.

 

THE NEXT GENERATION – REPORT ON INTERGENERATIONAL INTERACTION

United for All Ages, a ‘think and do’ tank, have released a new report, The Next Generation, which explores interactions between different generations of British society, with a focus on the benefits that it can bring to future generations of children and young people. The report looks at this from multiple angles, including early years development, social attitudes, and physical and mental health.

 

THE PRINCE’S TRUST YOUTH INDEX – ANXIETY ON RISE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The Prince's Trust eBay Youth Index report for 2019, based on a YouGov survey, takes an in-depth look into the views and outlooks of young people aged 16 to 25. Alarmingly, the number of young people in the UK who say they do not believe that life is worth living has doubled in the last decade. Click here to read an article on the report from The Guardian, or here to view the full report.

FUNDING NEWS

 

AUSTIN AND HOPE PILKINGTON TRUST

Grants are available to UK registered charities for projects that address specific categories set out by the Trust each year. In 2019 the trust’s focus is children and young people and it is looking to fund projects that tackle child exploitation, offer mentoring and support and provide clubs and activities. Find out more.

 

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S MENTAL HEALTH

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2019/20 has been launched with the theme of Children and Young People’s Mental Health. Deadline for applications 15 February 2019. Find out more.

 

BBC CHILDREN IN NEED MAIN GRANTS PROGRAMME
Grants for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and younger living in the UK. Find out more.

 

CURIOSITY FUND
Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for projects that engage children and young people in science based activities with the aim of making wider changes in the lives of children and young people experiencing disadvantage. Find out more here.

RESOURCES

 

                                

LIVING LENT     

Instead of giving up chocolate this Lent, could you take up one challenge which will help tackle climate change?  Give up meat? Take up alternative forms of transport? Commit to living locally? Sign up to Living Lent, hosted by the Joint Public Issues Team, and receive inspirational and practical daily emails, and join with others undertaking the same challenges. The website also includes lectionary material and resources for families and children’s groups to explore what living lent could look like for them. This could be the perfect way to help your church engage with the 3Generate Manifesto call to look after the environment.

 

TRAVEL LIGHTLY THIS LENT WITH ALL WE CAN

Methodist development charity All We Can has produced materials for children and youth groups and schools this Lent. The activities, prayers, reflections and lesson plans can be adapted for different audiences and settings. They aim to inspire children and young people to travel lightly as they reflect on the wilderness experience, which for many people in our world is a daily reality. Order and download the resources here.

                      

LENT RESOURCES FROM ROOTS

For 7 – 13 April ROOTS offers a week's worth of free resources, which focus on the anointing of Jesus’ feet by Mary. These flexible materials, with ideas for worship with adults, families and all ages, explore ways of expressing devotion to Christ and the balance between worship and social action.

Also available from ROOTS for children is a resource to help them follow Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, with a simple worship activity each week.

 

                         

EASTER RESOURCES FROM ROOTS              

For Holy Week ROOTS has some resources to offer, based on seven striking paintings from artist Nebiyu Assefa. The images tell the story of Jesus’ Passion in a bold and colourful way and are offered as a resource for all ages – including children, youth and families – to reimagine Jesus’ journey to the cross and beyond. All seven pictures are available online, together with resources for reflection, sermon talks and worship activities.

Also available for Holy Week are daily acts of worship for all ages, to be used in church or at home. Each ‘day’ recalls a particular event and is set in the context of worship, music, readings, prayers and a visual focus with response.            

For Easter Day ROOTS has resources exploring ‘Wow! Moments’. In the resurrection story from Luke (24: 1 – 12), Peter races to the empty tomb and is amazed by what he finds. These resources help you to talk with children about what makes them say ‘wow’ and then offers a creative prayerful response activity and encourages them to keep looking for amazing things and thanking God.

                              

EASTER ALIVE
Scripture Union has produced Easter Alive, a downloadable resource pack to help you explore the real meaning of Easter with the children and young people in your community. The pack is now available to pre-order on the website.

 

                             

MORE IDEAS FOR LENT AND EASTER

Don't forget to visit the Methodist Children, Youth and Families Pinterest page and The Well Creative Children's Ministry Blog for ideas. You can also download the Experience Easter resource from our website.

  

MOTHERING SUNDAY, 31 MARCH

Another free resource from ROOTS, an all-age service for Mothering Sunday that celebrates real motherhood, with a view to supporting and empowering mothers and all people in mothering roles.

                      

PARTICIPATION IN THE CHURCH          

Children and Youth Work Enablers from Districts in the North West and Man region are using February on social media to share ideas and resources for enabling children and young people (and everyone) to better participate in church life. Check out the North West and Man Instagram account or search #nwmparticipation on Facebook and Twitter.

    

SUPPORTING THOSE WITH EATING DISORDERS

25 February – 3 March is Eating Disorder Awareness Week. For help and advice when supporting young people who have eating disorders, visit the website of BEAT – the eating disorder charity. Among other things, BEAT offers a dedicated youth helpline.          

DATES FOR THE DIARY

                

23 February 2019, London 

Parenting for Faith Gathering  

Be inspired by others who share your vision to help the children in your life connect with God. The Saturday morning will include exploration of how you can revolutionise the way you help your kids pray; figure out how you spiritually parent your toddler or teen and be the catalyst that changes your church culture. Find out more here or take a look at the Facebook event page.

              

23 February 2019, Cambridge      

Youth Evangelism Conference     

A day of teaching, conversation and practical advice to equip workers to reach young people. Find out more here.

             

27 February 2019, Metal Peterborough     

Understanding behaviour: supporting young people to achieve and succeed    

Training, from Artswork, for those working directly with young people. Undertaking practical workshops and activities requires a broad understanding of youth culture and the issues surrounding young people’s lives. There are added pressures of working directly with young people at risk, one of which is having the skills, knowledge and experience to be able to support behaviour effectively and responsively. This course will discuss behaviour strategies, health and safety issues and risk assessment. You will also look at ways of promoting a style of engagement with young people that supports their wellbeing and individual needs, and helps them to succeed and achieve. You can book via Eventbrite or visit the Artswork website for further information and other events.

 

28 February 2019, Bristol

Managing Young People in the Workplace

A course from Artswork for those who have young people (under 25) as part of their workforce, or would you like to. Exploring challenges and benefits and offering line management tools and techniques as well as top tips for a young person’s employment contract and induction process. Find out more here.

      

2 March 2019, Cliff College   

Ordination Exploration Day       

For those who think that God is calling them to become and ordained minister in the Methodist Church. Find out more here. Another is running in London on 4 May.

 

        

5 March 2019

Big Pancake Party for Church Urban Fund

Food poverty is an increasing issue in this country, with more and more families using food banks and children going hungry during summer holidays without their free school meals. The Church Urban Fund’s Together Network is working to change this and is looking for friends, families and groups to get together, eat pancakes and raise funds for those in need. Find out more – and get a lot of ideas and resources – here.

        

8 March 2019, Gateshead

Supporting young people: workplace health and wellbeing

A course from Artswork to help equip participants with the tools and understanding required to promote good mental health in the workplace, with a specific focus on the needs of young people. Find out more here.

             

11 – 12 March 2019, Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire    

Appreciative Inquiry rural event     

The Appreciating Church development group is working with Germinate to offer a “Taste of Appreciative Inquiry” event focused on rural churches and communities. Appreciative Inquiry is an approach to personal and organisational development that focuses on the positive core, something that the Methodist Learning Network has found to be a highly effective tool.

          

11 – 13 March 2019, Bridgwater

The Forge Gathering  

A residential retreat for children’s, youth and family leaders, hosted by the Parenting for Faith Team, providing opportunity to meet others working in the same field and learn from each other. Find out more here or on the Facebook event page.

          

25 March 2019, St Mellitus College    

‘Marooned on Love Island: the emerging sexual ethics of young people’      

This lecture and associated conversation seek to consider how youth workers, parents, carers, clergy and others working with young people might be better equipped for understanding these new perspectives on sex and what the gospel means in this context. It will consider the emerging and changing landscape of young people’s understanding of sex and relationships; what they do, what they believe and how we as a church can respond. There’ll be a wine reception and small exhibition alongside this lecture. Book your free tickets here.

        

4 May 2019, Methodist Church House in London

Ordination Exploration Day

For those who think that God is calling them to become and ordained minister in the Methodist Church. Find out more here. An event is also planned on 2 March at Cliff College.

        

11 May 2019, Sheffield       

Childhood Spirituality Conference

Hosted by Godly Play, the day will feature a lecture from Professor Elizabeth Wood followed by conversations and workshops in the afternoon. Find out more and book here.

             

3-7 June 2019, Neuendettelsau, Nürnberg and Eichstätt, Germany    

Conference of the European University Chaplains   

Chaplains in Higher Education are encouraged to attend the 2019 CEUC conference in Germany. The extensive programme includes excursions to explore the complex history of Nürnberg, and the speakers include Jürgen Moltmann and Heike Walz. Early bird discount bookings close on 28 February. More information available here.  

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With best wishes
Methodist Children, Youth & Families


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