Children & Youth

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Methodist Children
and Youth
July 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...


As part of our focus on Methodist Identity we are launching a 1000 letters campaign. The idea behind this initiative is to encourage older generations to write letters to those attending 3Generate 2018.


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?


Find out more here.


We have now all but sold out of tickets for 3Generate 2018. If you still have children or young people wanting to attend then there will be a waiting list for any tickets that are returned to us for re-sale.


We now need to focus on attracting volunteers to come along to help at the event.


We need volunteers in three main categories:

•     Venue teams, assisting with set-up and helping the children and young people to engage with the programmed items.

•     Care and engage teams, taking a part in one of the following: roving youth team; chalet host team; additional needs team (working across all venues to help those with additional needs to access the programme).

•     Operations teams, stewarding or helping with admin and our help desk or assisting with the set-up and take-down of the event.


As 3Generate grows we need more volunteers to come along and support our young people in the ways listed above, to ensure that the event runs smoothly and that our children and young people are able to engage with, and get the most from, the programme.


Please consider whether you are able to help, or you may know someone who would be great in one of the roles listed. Please encourage those around you to consider volunteering, we do need many volunteers!


Please also take time to pray for 3Generate, for all the group leaders who are currently encouraging their children and young people to come along; for those who are working on bringing together the programme; those working on all the practicalities and those who are planning to come along and lead.


Click here for more information on how to volunteer.


The Methodist Church will be hosting another live-streamed conference in 2018, to be broadcast on Thursday 13 September, this time with a particular focus on including children and young people with additional needs.

As with our previous online conference, you can just log-on and watch. Or you could get together with a few other people to share the experience. We are encouraging all churches and groups that are planning to host a screening to register the get together on the Belonging web page, so others can find them and join in.

The day will include practical advice, speakers, lightning talks, stories from people on the ground and discussion space. The conference aims to help us all, as church, to explore ways to be sure that together we can all belong.



Let your light shine, All We Can’s Harvest Appeal 2018

This harvest, you are invited to celebrate how God’s gift of light has the power to transform lives. All We Can has produced a range of resources, including – prayers, an all-age talk, sermon, interactive activities, a short film, children and youth resources, schools resources and more. Explore these materials and order your pack here.


Summer at the New Room

There are lots of activities planned at the Methodist New Room over the school holidays and lots of interesting features to discover in the museum. There is also the chance to relax with a coffee and cake in the award-winning café afterwards. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for planned activities over the holidays.


Responding to new housing communities

Across the country large numbers of new housing estates are being built to respond to the national housing crisis. To support churches looking to respond to this situation an ecumenical New Housing Hub has been launched. There is a second New Housing Conference planned for 30 March 2019 – details to come – please get it into people's diaries now.


Growing up as an armed forces child

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner recently published a report to highlight the experiences of children and young people with parents in the Armed Forces. The report sets out some of their experiences – good and bad – that the ‘civvy’ world may struggle to understand. The voices of the children and young people convey something of both the resilience and particular pressures of life for this community, making it well worth a read. Independently of the report, the Methodist Forces Board (MFB) has been working on a short film which will bring an immediacy to many of the points raised here. The aim is to share this film with those attending 3Generate in November. The Methodist Church is actively engaged in supporting service personnel and their families. We have 30 full time armed forces chaplains dispersed around the globe, and a team of pastoral/family workers who encounter many of the situations referred to in this report. There are also some fine examples of local churches and Districts/Circuits providing opportunities for civilian/military communities to come together. For more information contact the MFB Project Officer Phil Maltby. Follow @MethForcesBoard for updates on this work.


Fostering meaningful romantic relationships

A recent American documentary called 'The Dating Project' featured Dr. Kerry Cronin, who teaches philosophy at Boston College. She is known as the 'Dating Professor'. Cronin noticed that her students did not know how to date and lacked the necessary ‘social courage’, which was leading to very casual relationships. With a high proportion of society single, people had become frustrated in love, but did not really know how to connect in today’s virtual world. She gave them clear expectations and rules which resulted in positive shifts in their mindsets and actions concerning dating. Read more about the initiative in this Institute for Family Studies article and watch a trailer for the film here.


How to be a resilient parent

Numerous researchers have concluded that how parents respond to stressors is much more important than the stressor itself in determining the outcomes for themselves and their children. The Centre for the Study of Social Policy has produced this interesting report on Parental Resilience. You can also read a helpful summary from Word on the Streets here.



Something to listen to…

Podcasts allow listeners to download audio content on to their smart phone or device to listen to wherever and whenever they like. On the Methodist Church website you can find a range of podcasts, including one from two parliamentary interns from the Joint Public Issues Team, where they talk to leading politicians in their Faith in Politics podcast. Elsewhere, you can listen to the Together with God podcast, hosted by Methodist Discipleship Development Officer Ed Mackenzie, which discusses faith, family and today’s church. The latest episode features a conversation with Methodist Family Ministry Development Officer Gail Adcock on ‘Family Ministry and Forming Faith’.


Correction: children and church

In the last Snapshots we featured an incomplete link to a blog from an Anglican Children’s and Families Minister, exploring the following: “Some churches are very good at including children. That is not the same as centring children. What would a truly child-centred church look like?” Click here for the full link, with apologies.


Visual Faith

For an interesting article on the power of images for spiritual transformation, see this recent post from Vibrant Faith in the States. The article highlights the work of the ‘Visual Faith’ project, which explores how the use of images can help us to experience God’s Word in new and transformative ways.


Scripture Union light parties

Now in its fifth year, the Light Party Pack offers a way for churches to engage with local communities at Halloween. This could take the form of a party in the church hall, or even the local park or a nearby school. Parents could even host a party in their home and ask their children to invite friends. Find out more and order your pack here.


Support for families

4Family equips local churches to train volunteers to support isolated, lonely or vulnerable families in their communities.


Thinking Allowed

A series of video interviews with the VentureFX pioneers, available on the Venture FX pages of the Methodist Website and downloadable if you want to use them in any setting or presentation. It is hoped that we will have transcripts of all 12 videos available shortly.





Education Endowment Foundation

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is seeking applications for projects that address educational disadvantage. Their focus is on supporting projects that show promising evidence of having a measurable impact on attainment or a directly related outcome. Click here for more.


Near Neighbours Small Grants

The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants between £250 and £5,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours. Click here for more.



Saturday 14 July, Trinity Methodist Church, Kidderminster

Together We Belong

A gathering for those who have children with additional needs, alongside those with a heart for this ministry, in the local church community. Come and share your story. Learn from others on a similar journey and, together, we will sense where God is taking us. Themes will include autism - the world from a different perspective; why inclusion?; accessibility is much more than a ramp; we are all made in God's image. Day runs from 9am to 2.30pm with a bring and share lunch. Contact Rachel for bookings.


Saturday 21 July, Diocesan House, Norwich

Ministry to Fathers Training Day

Who Let The Dads Out? is a BRF programme that resources churches to develop their ministry to dads, father figures and their children. The training days equip church leaders, workers and volunteers (both male and female) to get to grips with why and how to connect with men – wherever they are on their journey of fatherhood and faith. Each day runs from 10am to 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch. The cost is £10 including course materials. Find out more here.


Saturday 22 September, Cliff College

Healing Play

The mental health of children and young people in our society is of growing concern. What is it to offer support and early intervention for children who are expressing emotion and behaviour which cause concern to their parents, carers and teachers? Healing Play is a one day interactive workshop event (10am-4pm) introducing the principles and practice of Play Therapy by exploring some of the resources used in non-directive play therapy. These will include the use of sand and small world characters, paint, creative materials, story and metaphor. The emphasis of the day will be on practical skills. The day, which costs £60, will be led by Sheffield-based Jenny Lambourne, Director of Time and Space for Children.



5 – 6 October, Business Design Centre, London

Tes SEN Show

Offering a programme full of informative, educational and inspiring content for visitors to enjoy, with 42 CPD certified seminars, each designed to boost professional development and impart the latest knowledge in SEN. Early bird discount on seminars available if you register before 27 July.


Saturday 13 October, 1 Colmore Row, Birmingham

Ministry to Fathers Training Day

See information for the event on 21 July or click here to find out more.




16-18 October, Sandown Park

Christian Resources Exhibition

A one-stop shop for church supplies, resources and ideas, including a dedicated ‘Youth Zone’. Book tickets here.


Saturday 10 November, Bishopbriggs Community Church, Glasgow

Ministry to Fathers Training Day

See information for the event on 21 July or click here to find out more.


7-8 December, St Paul’s, Canterbury

The Conversation – re-imagining ministry with children and young people

A gathering that will create space for cutting-edge, innovative, even risky conversations about children, young people and the church. How can we change the dominant church culture from ‘conquering and keeping’ to ‘nurturing and releasing’ the children and young people in our midst? The Conversation will bring together people who are open to change; to re-imagine God’s good news for this generation, who want children and young people to come into a life-enhancing, transforming and life-long encounter with Christ, exploring how to focus on faith formation not just information.

You may like to pass this email on to others in your church who may find it interesting.

With best wishes
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