Children & Youth

Methodist Children
and Youth
May 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

3GENERATE 2019 BOOKINGS

AND MORE

 

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.

 

 

We are asking all those who wish to attend 3Generate 2019 to register their group in order to gain access to this year's tickets. We would like you to register in your individual groups, even if you combine with others into circuit or district groups. Registration is now open and groups must register (to buy tickets) by Friday 7 June so if you're thinking of attending, start planning now.

 

 

 

On Wednesday 12 June the ticket link will be sent to registered groups. Ticket prices for children and youth (8-23 years old) will be £120 per person, with accompanying leaders free. Tickets will be for named children and young people - each group can request up to three refunds until Sunday 15 September, plus, substitutes can be made until the end of October. If you have any questions, please contact the 3Generate team.

 

 

 

The programme, including information for how to register for sports and outdoor activities, will be published on 1 November.

 

 

 

Don’t forget that you can be encouraging your church and circuit to be praying now for your children and young people, and you should also encourage them to think about how they want to respond to the 3Generate 2019 Manifesto. Visit the 3Generate year-round web page for more information.

 

 

We are also still looking for volunteers to help with this year's event.

THE WELL: TIME AND SPACE RETREAT

NOW OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!

 

 

A 24 hour space away from the everyday busyness of ministry. Time to rest, reflect and recharge. This event is open to anyone working with children, youth or families and offers the opportunity to slow down, be inspired in worship and prayer. Taking place at Cliff College from Monday 24 to Tuesday 25 June, you can book your place here.

 

Places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

RISE AND SHINE

 

 

 

Do you have a potential young leader in your church or circuit? Rise and Shine is an event for young people, aged 16 -23, who have been chosen by their church to attend, as they are in leadership or show potential in leadership.

 

The weekend will bring young people together to listen to God, pray and talk and gain a deeper understanding of leadership through worship, workshops and creative activities. It takes place at Cliff College Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July 2019.

 

Food, accommodation and taxi/minibus travel between Chesterfield railway station and Cliff College are all covered within the discounted price of £75. Trains to/from Chesterfield, or other transport costs, will need to be covered separately by the delegate.

 

The weekend is open to those attended in previous years, as well as to those new to the event. All superintendent ministers have received an email with information about this. Please could you highlight this opportunity where appropriate and encourage those eligible to attend to have a conversation with their Circuit Superintendent with a view to booking a place.

 

Young people can be registered for the event here. If you have any questions please contact the Children, Youth and Families team.

YOUNG LOCAL PREACHER’S WEEKEND

 

 

 

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.

HOMEGROWN, A LIVE-STREAMED CONFERENCE FROM THE WELL

 

Our next The Well live-streamed conference, from 7 – 8 October 2019, will explore growing faith at home. Taking place at Cliff College but with many elements live-streamed for online participation, the event will be delivered in cooperation with Parenting for Faith, The Kitchen Table Project and Who Let the Dads Out? It will be a packed event that informs and equips anyone working with families. It will also include a brand new venture: a live event during the evening for parents and carers! Hosting a live audience for the first time, alongside the online broadcast, will give us more scope for interaction. More details will follow in due course but in the meantime please save the date!

COMMUNICATION FROM THE WELL

 

The Children, Youth and Family Team is currently in the process of reviewing how it communicates with all those workers signed up to be part of The Well, and how social media and the web pages can be better used to support the learning and development of children, youth and family workers. With this in mind, here are some things you need to know!

 

WELL MAGAZINE

For the time being we will cease producing Well Magazine - our online periodical that was published three times a year. Well Snapshots - the e-newsletter - will continue as usual.

 

THE WELL LIVE

Over the coming months we will be piloting The Well Live - Facebook Live moments that feature members of the Children, Youth and Family Team, as well as other experts, discussing a different topic or reviewing resources or reporting news each time. The next one of these is this Friday 3 May at 2pm. Join us then for a 30 minute chat on mental health.

 

THE WELL LEARNING HUB

Don't forget our new YouTube Learning Hub, which features a growing bank of videos on a number of subjects.

 

In addition to the above we will be reviewing our web pages, exploring more ways of supporting online learning and continuing to develop our pioneering live-stream conferences.

 

If you have any thoughts or feedback on any of this, please email Lynne Norman.

THE METHODIST INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

 

The Methodist Church's Internship Programme is an amazing opportunity for young adults looking to test a vocation and explore the world of faith and work. We are currently recruiting for ten different placements, all with living wage salaries and a support network to help a young person thrive during the year.

 

To find out more, visit the Internship Facebook Page or the Job Vacancy Page of the Methodist website.

EXPLORING SPORT AND FAITH

 

 

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 the Methodist Children, Youth and Family Team, 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 please contact John Boyd (07751 944500) or visit the event web page to download the application pack.

 

OTHER NEWS

 

 

A CALL TO ACTION ON KNIFE CRIME

The UK National Church Leaders Forum (NCLF), a voice representing black Christians in the UK, has produced a statement and a ten-point action plan on knife crime, including helpful recommendations for churches, police and Government.

 

YOUTH SELECT COMMITTEE ON KNIFE CRIME – CALL TO EVIDENCE

This year’s Youth Select Committee of the British Youth Council (of which the Methodist Church is a national member) will be holding an inquiry on knife crime. The topic was selected following the UK Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark Campaign where Knife Crime came out as the top priority – over 1.1 million young people voted in last year’s Make Your Mark. BYC wants to ensure young people are part of tackling the issue and so are asking for help in ensuring the inquiry is meaningful and true to the voices of young people. Please encourage your young people to complete this survey by the deadline of 7 June 2019. The terms of reference for the inquiry can be found here.

 

GERMINATE LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME 2019

Germinate Leadership helps lay and ordained leaders from all denominations to develop creative, entrepreneurial skills for rural church leadership. The 18-month part-time programme, beginning in October, combines leadership theory, theological reflection on the nature of leadership in ministry, the development of co-consultancy groups and practical leadership issues including conflict resolution, team building and group dynamics, and the importance of deepening emotional intelligence. It is expected that all participants, both lay and ordained, will leave as creative, entrepreneurial, collaborative and strategic leaders, better equipped to engage effectively with local communities and encourage churches to be an effective Christian presence. Further information and application details can be found on the website.

 

 

 

EMPLOYABILITY& SELF-DEVELOPMENT FOR 18–25 YEAR OLDS

If you know an 18 to 25 year old who is looking for a way to start on their dream career, then the Fastlaners programme from UpRising may be able to help.

 

 

BIBLE MONTH 2019

Bible Month is an opportunity for churches and circuits to spend 30 days focused on a single biblical book, enabling churches to engage more deeply with Scripture. In 2019 this will be the letter to the Colossians. The Bible Month magazine for 2019, which includes some ideas on how to engage children and young people, is now available to download or can be purchased as a hard copy. Most people like to run Bible Month in June but you can choose to do it whenever suits your context.

 

 

 

FROM A LITTLE SEED

June 2019 is the National Month of Prayer for toddler group ministries. This year’s theme is ‘From a little seed’ with Matthew 13:31-32 The Parable of the Mustard Seed the keynote scripture. This annual prayer focus encourages churches to pray for the work of their toddler groups as they reach out to serve the needs of families in the local community. During the month, various activities are planned: seeds will be planted, and nests made - reminding people of this wonderful parable; local prayer networks will meet together to share the joys and challenges of their groups and pray; some churches are even devoting a whole service to the celebration of the ministry and outreach of their toddler group. Dip into the ideas, activities and articles on the 1277 Facebook Group and check out the resources on the new website.

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTING ISOLATED, LONELY OR VULNERABLE FAMILIES

4Family equips local churches ‘help families help themselves’ in their communities. Volunteer mentors commit to visit a family for an hour a week, for up to a year.

 

 

 

FUTURE LEADERS CONNECT

The British Council’s Future Leaders Connect programme offers the opportunity to be part of a long-term global network of emerging policy leaders. As a part of the group, young people will access an advanced policy and leadership professional development ten day residential programme, in partnership with the UK’s most prestigious learning institutions. To take part you must be aged 18-35, be based in the UK and be able to demonstrate your policy knowledge and senior leadership potential. They are looking for individuals with an understanding and enthusiasm to make policy change which will lead to significant impact on a national and global scale. Please share this with relevant young people within your networks. The deadline is 6 May 2019.

 

 

ONE SOUND SUMMER SCHOOL

OneSound – the Christian youth music initiative – is running a residential summer school for those aged 11-18 at Dearne Valley Activity Centre, Doncaster from 31 July - 3 August 2019. OneSound invite young musicians to experience singing, workshops, song-writing and worship.

 

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 13 – 19 MAY

Led by the Mental Health Foundation, this year the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week will be 'Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies'. Body image is increasingly recognised as a factor that can negatively affect people’s self-esteem and mental wellbeing. Find out more about the week here. Don’t forget that resources supporting mental health awareness are available from Methodist Children, Youth and Families. You can also join members of the CYF team via Facebook on 3 May at 2pm for The Well Live: Talking mental health. This will be a 30 minute presentation on the subject, including details about our plans to train more people in Mental Health First Aid for youth.

 

 

RAINBOW MAGAZINE

The Junior Mission for All (JMA) children’s magazine has a fresh new look and in the Spring edition there is a spotlight on Syria.

 

INTENTIONAL HEALTH

Partnering with local churches, this franchise equips volunteers to inspire healthy families and young people in their community.

 

FREE COURSES FROM THE OU

The Open University offers a wide range of free courses, including plenty to learn about education, children and youth work.

 

THE TICKET BANK

The Ticket Bank from Tickets for Good is giving away tickets to a huge range of music events and performances. You can apply to be a distributor of tickets if you are a charity or community group.

 

SCHOOL VISITS TO THE NEW ROOM, BRISTOL

The New Room offers age-appropriate and curriculum-linked tours and workshops for all ages in the new, expanded facilities. Pupils can learn about the story of John Wesley, why he built the chapel and how he caused a riot! An education room is available. For more information about the range of workshops on offer please email Mandy Briggs or call 0117 926 4740.

FUNDING NEWS

 

WHSMITH COMMUNITY GRANT SCHEME

With this new scheme, the WHSmith Trust is offering up to £500 to voluntary organisations and schools from the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag levies across the UK. Grants are awarded every six months to charities, schools and community groups of any size, provided they support the community in the UK. Deadline for this round 30 September. Find out more.

 

 

ECCLESIASTICAL INSURANCE – MOVEMENT FOR GOOD

Ecclesiastical Insurance aims to put giving directly into the hands of remarkable organisations that are changing people’s lives for the better. Its £1m giving programme has two funding categories: £1,000 donations to 500 charities; £50,000 grants to 10 charities. Anyone can nominate a charity to be considered for a £1,000 donation. Nominations are open until 17 May 2019. Registered charities with an annual income of less than £5m can apply for one of the £50,000 grants. Deadline for applications is 26 July 2019.

 

 

 

 

MORRISONS FOUNDATION

Supporting charities making a positive difference in local communities across England, Scotland and Wales. Grant funding supports charities delivering projects that help to improve people’s lives. Find out more.

 

NATIONAL LOTTERY AWARDS FOR ALL
A quick and simple way to get small National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. No application deadline. Find out more.

 

 

SUMMER PLAY SCHEMES GRANT

The Hilden Charitable Fund is offering funding to voluntary and community groups in the UK to help run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children. Find out more.

RESOURCES

 

 

 

DEVELOPING AND NURTURING YOUNG LEADERS

Developed by the Diocese of Bristol, Emerge is a four-session course to help develop young leaders - now available to download from the Bristol Diocese website. Also available is a video of actual young people in leadership roles in their church.

 

BIBLE MONTH AND POPULAR CULTURE

The East Central team of the Methodist Learning Network, together with Professor Clive Marsh (Vice President-designate of the Methodist Conference) has created a resource that puts the book of Colossians in conversation with items of popular culture. There are four videos (one for each chapter), plus an introductory video, which are designed to be used in a small group setting. All include formal input from Clive, a suggestion of an item of popular culture to engage with, some questions for discussion and some less formal conversation with Clive about the topic. The videos are available as a playlist on YouTube.

 

 

HELP WITH WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Through the new Church of England Digital Labs blog, its digital team and other guest bloggers share their knowledge on design, photography, social media strategy and more. Aimed specifically at those running social and web projects in churches, the advice may help grow the confidence with technology and help churches to reach more people online. To find out more, the different sub brands of Digital Labs can be found here.

 

INCLUDE AUTISM TOOLKIT

Sadly many young autistic people find it hard to attend youth groups due to misunderstanding of autism and problems with accessibility. To tackle this problem, Ambitious about Autism's Youth Patrons have created a toolkit for developing autism inclusive youth groups. Include Autism – a practical guide contains information, advice and resources to increase understanding of autism and encourage simple changes that will make youth groups more autism-friendly places. The resource is free to download.

 

EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Written by Dr. Vivienne Mountain, a lecturer at the University of Divinity in Melbourne, Australia, Building emotional health and wellbeing: a pastoral handbook for ministry with children and their families (2nd edition) is a practical resource that combines theology and psychology in an accessible way. Topics covered include autism, disability, deafness, transgender, schizophrenia, grief and loss, care for the carer, the importance of children, understanding mental health issues, understanding healthy development, trauma and transition issues for children and the church responding to community disaster. You can download a free PDF here.

 

 

TEN WAYS TO…

Faith Alive Christian Resources has produced a growing series of downloadable PDF one-page resource sheets, each outlining ‘ten ways’ to achieve certain goals. These can all be found on the Ministry and Faith Formation page of the website. Highlights include Ten ways to cultivate youth leadership, Ten ways to help your family grow faith and Ten ways to be a more intergenerational church.

 

 

THY KINGDOM COME

The global movement of prayer (30 May to 9 June) continues to gather momentum. As well as general promotional videos for this year, some specific Methodist videos will be produced, as well as a Methodist prayer resource. A wide range of resources is already available on the website.

 

 

 

GUIDANCE ON HARMFUL SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR

The NSPCC has launched new guidance to help children’s health professionals to identify risk and respond when it comes to harmful sexual behaviour (HSB).

 

 

 

FREE ONLINE SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING

From the Zero Suicide Alliance, this free 20 minute online course will teach you how to recognise the warning signs and how to safeguard someone who could be contemplating suicide.

 

 

 

SUPPORT FOR SCHOOLS WORK

Serve Your Local School, based in Scotland but with advice to offer that applies UK-wide, aims to help churches see the potential to play their part in their local school community and give practical support to teachers, staff and pupils.

Also available are TLG (Transforming Lives for Good) Early Intervention resources, helping local churches work in primary schools amongst children at risk of exclusion. TLG trains teams of volunteers from local churches to act as coaches and spend one hour a week with one child for one year.

 

 

 

A PARENTS’ GUIDE TO FORTNITE

Fortnite is everywhere and has proven to be more than a game but rather, a cultural phenomenon. The children and young people you work with are most likely playing it, as well as some of your colleagues and parents! A game like Fortnite can offer exciting risks and even more exciting rewards. The near wins, hidden treasures, and ultimate “jubilation” of the victory contribute to what keeps Fortnite popular. Parent Ministry has put together a Fortnite Guide for parents. It explains lessons students can learn from the popular video game, and how parents can approach the Fortnite obsession.

WIDER READING

 

 

 

CARING WITHOUT SHARING

We teach our children that kindness matters, but in the new world of social media, they are becoming oblivious to the joy of doing good works in secret, writes Heather High-Kennedy, a director of Christian education.

 

 

VOTES AT 16 APPG CAMPAIGN REPORT

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Votes at 16 has just released a campaign report to mark one year since the group was launched. The report draws together evidence gathered by the all-party group throughout its first year, with contributions from parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, academics, youth organisations, campaigners and think tanks. You may want to share this with any young people you know who are campaigning for Votes at 16.

YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERING

2019 is the Year of Green Action and the report Environmental volunteering by young people from Traverse/Defra, looks at barriers and motivations. This work is part of 2019's #iwill4nature campaign.

 

HOUSEHOLDS OF FAITH

The Barna Group recently published research exploring family faith and discipleship, The Spiritually Vibrant Household, which has some interesting things to say about families and households in the USA and how faith is grown in the home. You can read this free article about the key research findings.    

 

ANVIL – ON CHILD THEOLOGY

The Church Mission Society’s journal of theology and mission, Anvil, recently published an edition entirely focused on child theology.

 

SILENCE IS A THREAT TO YOUNG PEOPLE’S FAITH

This article from Christianity Today explores the idea that the key to ‘sticky faith’ is conversation and allowing space for questions.

 

THE FAMILY, THE STATE AND THE COMMON GOOD

The family is where we learn to relate and so underpins our ability to build the common good. But does the state help or hinder family life, and what are the implications for society as a whole? Miriam Brittenden reflects on the opportunities and challenges that surfaced at a recent public conversation from Together for the Common Good.

 

HOW CAN A DISTRACTED GENERATION LEARN ANYTHING?

An interesting article from BBC Bright Sparks, exploring how approaches to education can and should adapt for the smartphone generation.

CULTIVATING THE CHRISTIAN IMAGINATION OF THE CHILD

An article from Jessica Keating, in the Church Life Journal, exploring the importance of cultivating children’s spirituality.

 

 

 

 

TALKING WITH TEENS

An interesting blog on the Quora site from mother-of-two, Joe Eberhardt, on discussing ‘bad attitude’ during puberty.

JOB OPPORTUNITY

 

 

YATTON METHODIST CHURCH: YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S WORKER

An exciting opportunity for a gifted, skilled and visionary person to help grow and develop the children’s and youth ministry in the church and local community. Yatton Methodist Church is looking for a full-time youth and children’s worker to help facilitate the growth of its 7 to 18 year-old children’s and youth groups. Salary: £21,512 - £24,636 depending on experience. Closing date: Monday 20 May. Interviews: Saturday 8 June. Email Rachel Mitchell to request an application pack.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

 

 

LOTS OF TRAINING AVAILABLE FROM NATIONAL YOUTH AGENCY

In addition to the dates below, we would recommend visiting the National Youth Agency's (NYA) Skilled Practitioner Training web page. There are lots of workshops available at several different locations around the country, including some available for free!

 

2 May 2019, Coventry or Ayr (see other dates listed)

Who Let The Dads Out? Nuts and Bolts Tour

A fun yet informative two hour evening session that focuses on the ‘nuts & bolts’ of setting up and running a Who Let The Dads Out? group. £10 per person. Find out more here.

 

3 May 2019, Online

The Well Live: Talking Mental Health

Join members of the Children, Youth and Family team at 2pm for a 30 minute Facebook live conversation about Mental Health first aid for young people, including some signposting to helpful resources and information about upcoming training events.

 

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.

 

7 May 2019, Church Mission Society, Oxford

Pioneering with youth and children

Delivered by CMS, in partnership with Frontier Youth Trust, this will be a day of sharing stories and research on pioneering with children and young people. Experienced practitioners will speak about their work in order to stimulate ideas and discussion around the issues and challenges faced. There will also be opportunity to network with others working in the field. Contributors to include Jane Barrett from Worth Unlimited, Kathy Bland on Messy Church, James Fawcett at Concrete, Sara Baron from Children in Urban Areas (Curbs), Rachel Summers on Forest School and Forest Church, Belinda Ngugi working with teenage mums in East London, Debs North on Relationships Education and Andy Milne from Missional Youth Church Network. Tickets cost £20 and include lunch. Find out more here.

 

10 May 2019, London

Reimagining youth and children’s ministry

This interactive training workshop will help you explore how to shape your youth and children’s ministry to envision and equip your young people for their Monday to Saturday lives. The day will be led by the LICC Church Team and some special guests, and will be a chance to share wisdom and learn together about how to create a youth work ministry that focuses on developing whole-life disciples. Find out more here.

 

10 - 12 May 2019, Cliff College

Ministry to Fathers teaching weekend

Designed for leaders, volunteers and family work practitioners (both men and women), within the church and community, who have a heart to work with fathers and father figures. £170, find out more and book here.

                                     

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.

 

 

 

11 May 2019, Durham Miners Hall, Redhill, Durham

Youth Voice Debate on Inequality in the North East

The G7, the countries with the largest economies in the world, are asking for the views of young people on the biggest problems are with inequality, and how these problems should be tackled. This chance is for young people to tell the British Youth Council what they think. The views will then be represented at an international scale in the G7’s youth summit. Register by emailing Doug Hallam before 9 May 2019.

 

 

 

21 May 2019, TBC North West

Children and young people’s participation – resourcing day (1 of 2)

Why might we want children and young people to participate in church life? What will be the impact of their involvement? How might we best we do this? This day, hosted by the District Youth Enablers in the North West and Man region of the Methodist Learning Network, addresses all these questions, with space for you to ask others. There will be loads of practical ideas and resources on this day as well as an opportunity to be equipped to run a participation workshop for children’s and youth leaders in your circuit. Lunch, refreshments and all your resources will be provided so booking is essential. Book with Rob a week before the event.

 

24 – 27 May 2019, Cliff College

Cliff Festival 2019: “Into all the world”

Booking is now open for Cliff Festival. The college is also looking for volunteers to help them with children’s work, stewarding, audio visuals and more.

 

 

27 May – 1 June 2019, New Room, Bristol

Quiz Trail

Running for the May half term. Discover the historic chapel and take part in fun activities in the award-winning museum. Normal museum admission prices apply (under-fives free, children aged 5-16 £4, adults £7 and concessions available, family tickets from £10 – with free return visits for 12 months).

                          

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.  

 

4 June 2019, Bracknell (see other dates listed)

Who Let The Dads Out? Nuts and Bolts Tour

See details of 2 May or click here for more information.

 

6 June 2019, Derby (see other dates listed)

Who Let The Dads Out? Nuts and Bolts Tour

See details of 2 May or click here for more information.

 

 

7 June 2019, Battersea, London

Supporting Young People: Workplace Health and Wellbeing

Training from Artswork. Equip yourself with the tools and understanding required to promote good mental health in the workplace. Designed to help you negotiate legal frameworks and highlight best practice, this new course places a specific focus on the needs of young people in your workforce.

 

12 or 13 June 2019, London (see other dates listed)

Who Let The Dads Out? Nuts and Bolts Tour

See details of 2 May or click here for more information.

 

 

13 June 2019, Southlands College, University of Roehampton

The Susanna Wesley Foundation Conference

The theme of the event is 'Creating compassionate communities of inclusion: enabling and disabling theology'. Find out more and book here.

 

18 June 2019, Bradford Cathedral (see also 20 June, Birmingham)

National Estate Churches Network Conference

The theme for this year’s conference is Always room for one more – children, young people and estates; stories of participation and partnering. Among the wide range of speakers and contributors will be Jasmine Yeboah, the Methodist Youth President. Tickets cost £25 per head. Find out more and book here.

 

20 June 2019, Birmingham Cathedral (see also 18 June, Bradford)

National Estate Churches Network Conference

See information for event on 18 June for more details, or click here.

 

22 June 2019, Birmingham

Beating Knives

Red Letter Christians UK, in partnership with Newbigin House and Newbigin Community Trust, are holding a public anti-violence creative action in response to knife crime. Surrendered knives will be melted and transformed into symbols for change. Including contributions from activist and campaigner Shane Claiborne. Check out the Facebook event page or read this blog from Premier Christianity on Claiborne’s work.

 

24 - 25 June 2019, Cliff College

The Well: Time and Space Retreat

For more information see Featured News or click here to book.

 

25 June, TBC North West
Children and young people’s participation – resourcing day (2 of 2)

See information for the day on 21 May and book with Rob a week before the event if you want to attend.

 

 

12 – 14 July 2019, Cliff College

Rise and Shine

Event for young leaders. See article in ‘Featured News’ for more information.

 

18 – 21 July 2019, Westminster College, Cambridge

Social reformers summer school

For young adults, aged 18 – 40, who are recent graduates, young professionals or in business, public service or the charity sector? This day from the Jubilee Centre will be exploring the theme of food, relationships and the environment. Full details and registration 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.

 

 

3 - 11 August 2019, Sunderland

Youth Sports Gathering

For more information see paragraph in Featured News or visit the web page.

 

 

20 – 22 September 2019, Cliff College

Young Local Preachers' Weekend

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

 

 

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.

 

7 – 8 October 2019, Online and Cliff College

Homegrown, a live-streamed conference from The Well

See the article in ‘Featured News’ for more details and save the date!

 

 

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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