Children & Youth

Methodist Children
and Youth
June/July 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...









A Well Training Day in partnership with The Feast



Wednesday 24 July, 10am to 4pm at Methodist Church House, London



This training day on youth and interfaith engagement is for anyone who works with young people (paid or voluntary) and is designed to support you in preparing your young people to live authentically as Christians in a multi-faith society, specifically in response to the call within the 2019 3Generate Manifesto to “Get to know and learn about people in our local communities so that we: Build relationships; Break down barriers; Stop prejudice”.



During the day we will look at the importance of preparing young people to be resilient and confident in talking about their beliefs, as well as giving practical advice on how to run encounters with young people of other faiths. We aim to dispel the fears that young people may have regarding developing good relationships with young people of other faiths and rather encourage a peace building approach around living well with their neighbours.



Tickets cost £10 each, including lunch and can be booked through Eventbrite. Bookings close 10am on Monday 22 July.



The Methodist Children, Youth and Families Team is pleased to support this brilliant initiative from Citizens UK and Greenbelt, which is designed to equip young people to take a lead in their schools, colleges, churches and communities on championing sustainability initiatives and action in favour of the planet.


Young Green Rebels (aged 15+) are invited to take up a free place at Greenbelt this year, in order to participate in the training from Citizens UK.


Read the full story and click here for an online application form.  Deadline extended to midnight on Sunday 21 July.


Missed the deadline? There may still be opportunity to get involved. Please contact Lynne Norman to find out more. If you know a young person who is interested but would need a youth worker or other adult to attend Greenbelt in order to make this happen, then this is also where Lynne may be able to help.


We would love to get a group of young Methodists involved in this project as part of our work to inspire Agents of Change.



The role of the Youth President is to:

  • Enable, encourage and enthuse children and young people to get involved in every aspect of Church life
  • Represent 3Generate, the Children’s and Youth Assembly of the Methodist Church
  • Travel around the country to listen to the voices of children and young people
  • Influence the decision-making of lead staff by sharing the opinions and priorities of children and young people.


This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to travel and work around Britain and overseas, supporting children and young people from all backgrounds. The work is varied and you will have experience of public speaking, debating, team and independent working, report writing, listening and facilitation, worship leading and more.


Click here for more information about the role or contact Ella Sibley.


Deadline for applications 23 September 2019 at 12pm (noon).





There are still some OPP posts open for applications. The ONE Programme Participant scheme is about engaging young people in the life of the Church and their local communities focusing on discipleship, vocation and leadership. Being a ONE Programme Participant is a great opportunity for people aged 16-23 to input into a local church project in a year-long, paid, training-provided, part-time job.





3Generate is the annual children’s and youth assembly of the Methodist Church, which this year will be taking place at Pontins in Southport from 22 to 24 November. Bookings for the event have now opened and tickets have been selling well!

To ensure this year's event is a success and to offer the children and young people who attend the best possible experience, we need lots of volunteers to help in many different ways, for example:

  • Chalet hosts, offering hospitality and support in the accommodation blocks
  • Roving youth team, providing pastoral care and encouragement to children and young people
  • Stewards, to keep an eye on the site - working either the day or the night shift
  • Venue teams, helping to deliver the smooth running of the programme in one of our exciting venues
  • Set-up/take-down, giving practical support with making the venue as exciting and attractive as possible ahead of the event - or helping to pack everything away afterwards...

… And many more! Please do consider what you might be able to offer, or ask others you know to think about volunteering their time.

Find out more about volunteering at 3Generate here.





An event for anyone aged 16-25 who is a local preacher, or at any stage in the training, or even just thinking about it! The Methodist Church and Cliff College will be hosting this weekend event full of inspiration, challenge and a chance to develop new skills. The weekend will run from 6.30pm on Friday 20 September until lunchtime on Sunday 22 September. Tickets for this weekend are now available.





On Saturday 13 July we broadcast our latest edition of The Well Live, which you can still see on the Methodist Children and Youth Facebook Page. In this episode, some of our young leaders at the recent Rise & Shine event talk about what they are learning and how they lead in their local church.




Homegrown - our conference about growing faith at home - is being planned and delivered by a number of organisations working together. We're excited for this event bringing the work of Parenting for Faith, The Kitchen Table Project and Who Let the Dads Out? together for a great day of learning and equipping with the help of Cliff College!


Join in on Tuesday 8 October!


Find out more here.




Youth President speaks about growing up on an estate

Jasmine Yeboah, Methodist Youth President, was the keynote speaker at the recent National Estate Churches Network Conference. She spoke brilliantly about growing up on her London estate and the challenges and joys that brings. This article in the Church Times covers her speech.


Transforming Lives for Good

At the heart of TLG is the unwavering belief that the local church has the power to transform lives. They’re all about supporting churches to bring hope and a future to struggling children and families. In every village, town and city across the UK there are churches just like yours ready to impact the community. So whether you feed a hungry child, coach a child struggling in school or refuse to give up on an excluded young person that needs a second chance, through TLG you can, and will, see the power of the local church in action.


Campaign Bootcamp

A year-long programme designed to give campaigners the skills, confidence and community they need to succeed, starting with a six-day residential (13 – 19 October 2019) just outside London. A range of scholarships are available in lots of categories. Once training is completed, participants get access to the Bootcamp alumni community, extra events and support, as well as a learning buddy. Applications are open now and will close at 9am on Tuesday 13 August. You can start the application or nominate someone for a scholarship here.


The launch of bcyouth

May 2020 will see the launch of bcyouth - an exclusive event for school years 7-13 at the Big Church Day Out (BCDO). The event will include four morning meetings across the three days, with the opportunity to encounter God and grow in faith. Those attending can also enjoy the full BCDO festival experience (complete with an exclusive bcyouth campsite!).




Dulverton Trust
Grants are available to UK registered charities working to produce significant impact in the Trust’s priority areas: youth opportunities, general welfare, conservation, preservation, Africa, and peace and humanitarian support. Find out more here.


Grants for Inter Faith Week 2019

Inter Faith Youth Trust was established to promote the education of children and young people about the religions of the world. It funds projects that bring together young people of different faiths to improve collaboration and understanding. Apply for a grant of up to £800 to run an inter faith activity or event during Inter Faith Week (10 – 17 November 2019). Deadline 24 August 2019. Find out more here.


British Cycling Places to Ride Programme
Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in England that are developing cycling activity in their community for the development of new, or the improvement of existing, cycling facilities in communities. Find out more here.


Near Neighbours small grants
Seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours, developing relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities to improve their communities in specified areas. Find out more here.


Warburtons Families Matter – community grants programme

Small grants are available for local projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and that will be of real direct benefit to families in England, Scotland and Wales. Find out more here.


Hays Travel Foundation

The Foundation strives to help and improve the communities where they work and live - helping young people achieve and be the best they can be. The Foundation sets themselves five main objectives, with the main focus being on creating a brighter future for young people who need a bit of help to develop their potential. Find out more here.


The Norwood and Newton Settlement

This funding scheme aims to encourage Church growth, both numerically and spiritually. Find out more here.


Growing Lives

Allchurches Trust has launched a new grants programme, Growing Lives, aimed at helping churches and Christian organisations in the UK and Ireland connect with young people. Grants of up to £25,000 are available, and the amount you receive will depend upon the cost of your project and need in your community. Find ideas about how Allchurches Trust’s new grants programme could help your church or organisation and apply online.


National - Greggs Local Community Projects Fund

The Local Community Projects Fund awards grants of up to £2,000 to enable not for profit organisations to do something they otherwise couldn't afford to. Find out more here.





Mental health resource for people with learning difficulties

Change has recently developed, with people with learning disabilities and Skills for Care, a set of resources to support people with learning disabilities and support staff to talk about mental health.


ROOTs resources

Paying attention to the sky is a Creation time service for all ages, based on the story of Job, a man who dares to ask God the difficult questions. Time to grow is a children's drama that explores the cycle of a seed through mime and words. You could use it as part of an all-age service or school assembly. Also available is Refreshed, a service for the new school year. This worship works around three prayer activities that pupils are invited to move to at the relevant point in the worship. The service might be used in a church setting to mark the beginning of a new school year. It could be used in a whole school situation and each of the worship suggestions may be done at the front of the assembled pupils. Class-size groups might celebrate this service and have the three worship areas available for smaller groups to rotate around at the same time. The suggestions are flexible and should be adapted to best meet the needs of your group. Finally, don’t forget that the resource We're going on a journey offers flexible sessions for an activity day or Holiday Club.


Will your children and youth groups ‘Deepen their roots’ this harvest?

All We Can has prepared inspiring FREE resources for children and young people, encouraging them to deepen their roots and celebrate how lives in Ethiopia are being transformed by the power of potatoes. How spud-tacular! The materials will also give practical ways to help them make a difference and ensure your harvest celebrations are memorable and fun.


Order the 2019 Light Party Pack for free!

You could host a Light Party this year for the children and young people in your community! Whether you put on a big event or you have a small party for your neighbours in your own home, let’s all take the opportunity to share God’s message of hope and light this Halloween.


Well Beings: A practical guide to good mental health for students

In June the Student Christian Movement launched its new mental health resource, Well Beings, created in partnership with Space To Breathe. This was in response to the fact that an overwhelming 90% of the students surveyed either had a mental health problem themselves or were trying to care for someone who did. The resource covers themes such as where to find help, how to face anxiety and how to build resilience. Each topic is presented along with simple, practical activities to help students and their friends develop good mental health. You can find and download the Well Beings resource on the SCM website.


The Little Book of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Over half of the people you will meet today have lived with and been affected by ACEs. How would it alter the way you interact with them and your expectations of them, if you saw them through this lens? This free book, written by a small group of front-line practitioners to help inform other about ACEs and their impact, can be downloaded as a PDF here, or read an article from one of the co-authors here.






Check out this month’s edition of the magazine for articles on intergenerational church, making all-age worship genuinely all-age and 'The f-word' where Gail Adcock from the Children, Youth and Family team looks at barriers to family-friendly ministry.  You can order your free copy of this edition here.



“In every place where there is a problem of serious youth violence, there is a church. Too often the doors are shut… Is there a way that churches can be open, particularly between the hours of 3pm and 6pm, to be places of safety, of welcome, where young people can go?"  Read this article in The Guardian about South London vicar, Rosemarie Mallett, who is urging this month’s Church of England Synod in York to take practical action on knife crime.


Faith formation in a secular age

In this article on the Catalyst website, Dr. Andrew Root challenges to rethink how we, in an age where fewer and fewer people identify as Christian and the secular seems to predominate, approach nurturing and defining faith. What does faith formation mean in this context?


Play, time and magic

An interesting dialogue between Suzanne Axelsson and Greg Botrill, exploring the question of whether we can be co-adventurers with children in their world of play. At the end of the transcript is a list of other places for wider reading on the subject of play.


“You’re so strong”

This post from the Methodist Theology Everywhere blog, written by university chaplain Catrin Harland-Davies and based on her experience of supporting young adults through bereavement and loss, explores the balance needed between offering affirmation and support and allowing others to admit weakness and the need for help.


Bible Reading Fellowship – ideas hub

Explore the relaunched BRF ideas hub, a place for sharing creative ideas to help support children’s and family ministry. Included in the hub are links to posts offering six ideas for teaching liturgy, exploring the importance of a child’s first 1001 days and tips on including children with disabilities at a summer event.



24 July, Methodist Church House, London

Build relationships, break down barriers, stop prejudice

A Well Training Day in partnership with The Feast. See article in ‘Feature news’ or click here.


3 – 9 August 2019, Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick

Methodist Summer Fellowship (MSF)

MSF is an opportunity to bring together a worshipping Christian community of all ages for a week of holiday, friendship, prayer, listening, reflection conversation and fun. Find out more here.


20 – 22 September 2019, Cliff College

Young Local Preachers' Weekend

See article in ‘Featured News’ for more information, or click here to register.


September 25 2019, Manchester

Creative Facilitation with Young People

A one-day training event from Artswork, providing an introduction to creative facilitation for group work. Cost £150. Find out more and book here.



26 September 2019, Trinity Methodist Church, Woking

The Mine, regional conference for lay employees

An opportunity for lay employees of the Southern and Islands Region of The Methodist Church to come together and 'dig-deep'; to discuss, learn, question and reflect on our purpose, roles, mission and values within the Methodist Church. Three streams will enable specific training focus on the work of those lay employees involved in Pastoral Care; Children's, Youth, Families and Community work; and Administration. Sign up here.


5 October 2019, Methodist Church House, London

18 – 30s Ordination Exploration Day

Considering ministry? Might it be ordained ministry? Have you ever felt God nudge you to serve the Church? Has anyone ever suggested that you would make a good Minister? Then come and find out more. This day will look at: what life is like as an ordained person; how you candidate for ordained ministry; the training that is available; what a minister is ‘paid’. If you’re not sure about attending (and remember attending does not oblige you to become a minister!) then why not talk it through with a friend, youth worker or minister. The day is free but booking is required.


8 - 9 October 2019, Online and Cliff College

Homegrown, a live-streamed conference from The Well

See the article in ‘Featured News’ for more details or click here.



10 October 2019, St Thomas Kensal Town
London Estate Churches – Rewriting the Story

A London conference of the National Estate Churches Network, including a session entitled, How Can Churches Rewrite the Story of Excluded Young People? Find out more and book here.


12 October 2019, Brighton

Mind and Soul Foundation - Running on empty: Christianity and Mental Health

An all-day creative event filled with seminars, keynote speeches and a range of activities. Topics include; Anxiety and depression; Coastal Mental Health; ME; Leadership; Stress recovery; Youth wellbeing; Recovery and spirituality. Find out more.


October 23 2019, Bristol

Creative consultation with young people

A one-day training event from Artswork, ensuring your projects for young people remain dynamic and relevant, by embedding their voice across your work and the governance of your organisation. Cost £150. Find out more and book here.


28 October – 1 November 2019, Cliff College

Certificate in Pastoral Care

This course is designed for those who are interested in caring for people compassionately or just looking for ways to develop and reflect on current practice and learn from others. For more information visit the Cliff College website.


15 – 19 June 2020, Sheffield

Liberty, Legacy, Leadership: Global higher education chaplains’ conference

The 6th global conference for chaplains in higher education will be held in Sheffield. More information on their website.




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