Children & Youth

Methodist Children
and Youth
September 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...




Do you know someone (aged 18 to 23 on 1st August 2019) who would be ideal for the role of Methodist Youth President? If the answer is yes, then they have until this Friday 7th September to apply.


Find out more about the role here.


Apply here.




The idea behind this initiative is to encourage older generations to write letters to those attending 3Generate this calendar year.


A letter to help the younger generations be courageous in their faith by hearing faith stories from older generations of our Methodist family.


  • Could you write a letter?
  • Could you share something about your own experiences of being part of a church/faith community. Or something you’ve learned?
  • Maybe you remember special people or moments from growing up in a church – could you share some of that story?
  • Could you help encourage a child or young person to be courageous in their faith?


For more information click here.



Now is the time to volunteer for 3Generate - the first training day is Saturday 6 October in Manchester.


Are you:

  • passionate about making a difference to children and young people?
  • busy and unable to commit to a regular volunteer role?
  • looking to develop your skills and gifts?
  • interested in new ways to serve the church and to serve God?


If so, please consider volunteering for 3Generate 2018. To run this year's event, we are going to need a large number of volunteers of all ages, with various skills and experience (not only children and youth workers). 


We need volunteers:

  • part-time and full-time,
  • residential and non-residential,
  • before, during and even after the event.


For example, if you are great at organising, are practical and live nearby, please help us set-up on Friday or clear away on Sunday afternoon. If you have great customer service skills, please consider the Chalet Host role. We also need people to join our stewarding, additional needs, outdoor pursuits and roving youth teams.


Leaders attending with their groups who have some spare capacity are also welcome to apply and this can be part-time, according to the needs of your group.




What makes a church mental health friendly?

What makes a church a good one to go to if you are struggling with your mental health? This useful article from the Mind and Soul Foundation has plenty of food for thought, including a list of criteria and links to resources.


“Let kids join in actual things, not just kid's things…”

This blog from Miranda Threlfall-Holmes features practical ideas, including four top-tips on welcoming children in church.


Good Childhood Report

The Children's Society have just published their 2018 edition of this annual report. Amongst its findings are:

  • Pressure to fit in with society's expectations is making children unhappy
  • Alarming numbers of children are self-harming
  • Non-stop comments about appearance are harmful to girls' well-being
  • Outdated gender stereotypes are damaging to boys' and girls' happiness
  • Family relationships are particularly important for girls

You can access the report summary here - including its helpful advice for parents.


Inviting children to worship

In this series of 5 blogs, Sarah Walker Cleaveland considers how we might invite, encourage and inspire children so that they engage with and are transformed by worship.


Loneliness among young people

The most recent Community Life Survey includes some interesting statistics about loneliness among young adults. You can also read a recent article in CYP Now about the issues of loneliness among young people.




£2million youth strand of the Building Connections Fund
Eligible charities and community organisations from across England can apply for up to £80,000 from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, to expand or enhance their work tackling youth loneliness. Deadline 26 September 2018.  


Children affected by domestic abuse
The Home Office are looking to award a total of £8 million over the next two financial years (2018 – 2020) to organisations in England and Wales delivering interventions designed to support children who are exposed to domestic abuse. Deadline 19 September.




New Catalyst Programme in Calderdale

Do you know any young people who have potential to be community leaders in West Yorkshire? If they are between the ages 16-20 (or 16-25 with disabilities), they can register their interest in the Calderdale Catalyst Programme. The programme will take place in autumn 2018.



Clothes Aid

Action for Children has partnered with Clothes Aid, a textile collection service, raising money for vital services supporting the well-being of children and families. Your church can get involved by becoming a drop-off point for donated bags of clothes and by asking members of your congregation to donate unwanted items. To do this, please call Clothes Aid on 0207 288 8545.



Will your children and youth groups ‘Let your light shine’ this harvest?

All We Can has prepared inspiring FREE resources to help young people connect with their global neighbours and consider the issues affecting people in some of the world’s poorest communities. The materials will also give practical ways for you to engage to help make a difference and ensure your harvest celebrations leave you with a beaming smile.


Let’s talk about mental health.

Phase, a charity born out of schools work by Churches Together in Hitchin has created a series of short films called "Let's Talk", aimed at encouraging conversations about key mental health topics, including misconceptions about mental health, self-harm, anxiety and mindfulness.


Encouraging kindness

This great list from Word on the Streets offers a list of books that encourage children to be kind to others.



13 - 14  October, St Martin's Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

Something Worth Sharing, 2018.  

A weekend of events on Disability and Church, by St Martin in the Fields and Inclusive Church. What can we do to unlock gates and share our gifts with each other and the church? From access statements to advisory groups, connecting and communicating, explore ideas and share practical resources to getting in and joining in. Speakers include: June Boyce-Tillman, Tim Goode, Fiona MacMillan, Ann Memmott, Emily Richardson and Sam Wells. £20/£10 concessions. Find more details and book.


16 – 18 October, Sandown Park, Surrey

Christian Resources Exhibition
A one-stop shop for church supplies, resources and ideas. Advance tickets cost just £4 (50% cheaper than on-the-door). The event also includes 50 seminars to choose from, including one exploring how you transform young people, led by Leandra Mika. Find out more here.


6 – 7 November, Cliff College   

9 – 9 November, High Leigh Conference Centre   

Fresh Expressions Coaching Training   

Based on the book, The COACH Model for Christian Leaders, this workshop is made for those who are experienced as well as those who are not-so-experienced in coaching skills. It’s ideal for those who’ve done the two day introduction to coaching via Fresh Expressions or the Pioneer Pathway. There are two consecutive courses:   

Book here for 6 – 7 November.   

Book here for 8 – 9 November.


7 – 8 December Canterbury

The Conversation

Reimagining ministry with and among children and young people through faith, formation and community – continuing to ask the question: How can we change the dominant church culture from ‘conquering and keeping’ to ‘nurturing and releasing’ the children and young people in our communities? Find out more.

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With best wishes
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