Children & Youth

Methodist Children
and Youth
December 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...


Introducing the Methodist Youth President designate for 2019/20


At 3Generate children’s and youth assembly in November, Thelma Commey from the Northampton District was elected to serve as Youth President for 2019/20.


Watch her election campaign video here.


Read more here.


Coming in 2019 from Methodist Children, Youth and Family...


The Children, Youth and Family team of the Methodist Church has a lot of exciting plans for the coming year. Here are a few things that you can look forward to...


The Well Learning Hub

Building on the success of our live-streamed conferencing, we are taking online learning further, with our own YouTube channel full of informative teaching videos from a wide range of expert speakers. We will also be looking at hosting another online conference in the autumn. Watch this space!


A chance to learn and grow together

As well as continuing our innovative work in online conferencing, we will be seeking to organise opportunities for those working with children, youth and families to gather together for training and retreats. 

OPP host projects needed!




Applications are now open for churches or projects to host a ONE Programme Participant (OPP) in 2019/20.


Closing date 5 March 2019


See website for more details on becoming a host project


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.


Click here to watch a video about the programme

Opportunities with the Methodist Internship Programme



The Methodist Internship Programme, which runs from mid-September to the end of August, is a creative and hands-on opportunity for 21-26 year olds to experience a year of exploring their faith alongside a paid placement (Interns are paid a living wage by the Methodist Church) in a highly professional organisation across a variety of sectors.


The placement year will include four mid-week residential training events for all interns, as well as a dedicated mentor to ensure they are able to explore and examine the complexity and opportunities of expressing faith through their career.


At the moment we have a total of ten posts available across the following organisations:

  • Action for Children
  • Methodist Finance Board
  • House of Lords/Joint Public Issues Team
  • All We Can (Methodist Relief and Development)
  • St. George's House

Click here to find out more and apply (scroll to the bottom of the screen for the links to each individual vacancy).



Will your children and young people submit their prayers?

The 2019/20 Methodist Prayer Handbook, which will have the theme ‘responding to the gospel’, inspired by Our Calling, is looking for people to submit their prayers. The deadline for submissions is 11 January 2019. Email your prayers here and read submission guidelines here.


SCM is recruiting for a new Chief Executive Officer

If you think you could take the charity forward in the next stage of its development, click here for full details. Closing date 7 January 2019.


3Generate sends essential bedding for refugees

Sleeping bags donated at the annual Methodist children’s and youth event, 3Generate, have been delivered to Calais to provide some much-needed warmth and comfort for refugees. Read more here.


Roots, Boots and Wings

A new, longer version of the Methodist Forces Board video, which gives an insight into the experiences of children and young people whose parents are in the military, is now available to watch.


Recognition for young leaders

St. Ethelburga’s is seeking nominations for the Young Sacred Activist of the Year Award 2019. This is a new award, and a special award offered for a young person of Methodist heritage, for anyone 38 years or under, based in the UK or Ireland, who is bringing faith or spirituality together with practical action. The deadline for nominations is 21 January. Please take a moment to tell them which young adult is inspiring you the most so they can recognise the valuable work of the next generation of leaders and change-makers, who are very much needed in these times.


New research on mental health

Members of the Young People's Health Partnership have released new research around young people and mental health. Youth Access has published research that demonstrates the importance of voluntary sector counselling services in helping young people with mental health problems. In addition Addaction has completed a survey with 8000 young people, on perceptions of wellbeing and self-harm. A video from Addaction helps to explore responses to these issues, as well as a blog that helps to put the survey into context.



BBC Children in Need - Small 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, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Find out more here.


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. This is done through funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society. Find out more here.


£1 million funding available for communities to create their own pocket parks
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government welcomes grant applications, for the creation of ‘pocket parks’– defined for this programme as a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares (although many are around 0.02 hectares – the size of a tennis court). Each park will be an individual space tailored to the needs of the local area by the community group that has applied for the grant. £15,000 is available to build new ‘pocket parks’ and up to £25,000 for renovating existing parks. Find out more here.


VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2019-20
Funding is available for not-for-profit voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England to run projects focused on improving children and young people's mental health. Find out more here.


Science and faith

The Church of England are inviting applications from all churches for a new round of grants to fund activities aimed at promoting a better understanding between science and faith, closing date 7 January 2019. Find out more here.



Online suicide prevention training
From the Zero Suicide Alliance, free 20 minute online training on how to recognise the warning signs and safeguard someone that could be contemplating suicide.


Tackling domestic abuse

One in four women experiences domestic abuse at some time in her life, two women are killed each week by a current or former partner in England and Wales, and in the year end March 2016, 1.2 million women reported experience of domestic abuse in England and Wales. For resources to help those working with children and young people, see these pages from The Hide Out or the NSPCC.


Resources for the new year from ROOTS

If you are looking for a way to explore the story of the visit of the magi in time for Epiphany on 6 January, you can download two ways to tell the story here – using sand play and a star trail as well as discussion ideas. For Candlemas on 2 February, you can use the ROOTS children’s session or choose an appropriate all-age activity here. 18 – 25 January is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. ROOTS has produced all-age worship resources to support this week.


Working across generations to put faith into action

People Faith Justice is a new resource, consisting of several short videos and tools to prompt discussion, that uses intergenerational dialogue to generate ways in which faith ‘does’ peace and justice.


The Family, the State and the Common Good
This recent debate from The Common Good features Philip Booth, Mark Molden, Al Aynsley-Green and Cathy Corcoran, with a lively audience, discussing the relationship between the state and the family. The second in the series State, Society and the Common Good, it was held in partnership with Theos, the Benedict XVI Centre and CCLA.



29 January 2019, Manchester

Street Stories: Re:Mind, talking about mental health and well-being

A free event hosted by the Mosaic Justice Network. Around one in four people experience mental health problems each year in the UK. In Greater Manchester the rate of contact with mental health services is almost double the national average. This is an issue that all churches and ministries have in common, and the organisers want us to grow in understanding to match our compassion. With input from health professionals and people who experience mental health problems, this event aims to build understanding and discuss how to show love and support to people in need. Register here.


17 February 2019

Student Sunday

Join others in praying for students everywhere. A toolkit is now available to download from Student Christian Movement.


7 March 2019, St. Ethelburga’s London

Book launch: Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change

Young people are doing faith differently! This new book is a collection of stories and interviews that reflect the exciting changes in how faith and spirituality are being lived by the next generation, including a chapter from an inspiring young Methodist. Its launch evening will feature conversation and performance.


13 – 14 March 2019, Event City in Manchester

Christian Resources Exhibition North
For the first time since 2014, CRE (Europe's Leading Exhibition of Church Resources) returns to the easily-accessible Event City Manchester. Click here for more information.


23 – 24 April 2019, St. John’s College Durham

CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology: Missio Dei in a digital age

Digital technology is not only influencing the methods by which missions are carried out today, but the cultural shifts that it has given rise to demand fresh reflection on missiology. Buy tickets on Eventbrite.


10 – 14 June 2019, St. John’s College Durham

CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology: Exploring digital culture and its impact on the Christian Church.

Great teaching from women and men, thought leaders in their fields, passionate about communication within digital culture. Practical workshops, discussion space, times of reflection interspersed with lectures and talks from international speakers. Buy tickets on Eventbrite.

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With best wishes for a happy Christmas and a wonderful new year
Methodist Children, Youth and Family Team




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