Children & Youth

Methodist Children
and Youth
September 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...




(booking deadline extended to 8 September)




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.




Thelma Commey was welcomed as the new Youth President of the Methodist Church in a service held in her home town of Milton Keynes on Sunday 1 September. You can listen here as she discusses how she was elected into the role and talks about her theme, Jesus Loves All.



This means we bid a fond farewell to Jasmine Yeboah, who has finished her term as Youth President. Watch a video of her sharing her final reflections on her year here. Alternatively, you can read about her year here.



There is still time to apply to be the Methodist Youth President 2020/2021. The deadline for applications is 23 September at 12 noon.


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).



The aim of the Youth Representatives, working in different contexts, is to represent children and young people from across the country. They do this by meeting and consulting with children and young people so they can truly represent their views and work on their behalf. The Youth Representatives are also a part of the Youth President's advisory group.


Being a Youth Representative is an exciting experience that enables you to make a difference within the Church and grow spiritually and emotionally. It can potentially be life changing!





This year we are looking for young people to apply for the following volunteer roles:

Methodist Conference Rep (3 aged 16 – 23)  Methodist Council Rep (1 aged 18 - 23) Ecumenical Rep (2 aged 16 - 23) British Youth Council (BYC) Reps (3 aged 16 - 23) Social Justice Rep (1 aged 18 - 23)



You can find out a lot more about being a Youth Rep and how you apply online. Deadline for applications is Friday 1 November 2019 and those who apply will be put forward for election at this year’s 3Generate (22 – 24 November).



A Well training day on 29 October 2019 at Cliff College for those working or volunteering with children, young people or families.


This training day will help you:

  • Gain a greater understanding of mental health and wellbeing
  • Explore how faith influences mental health
  • Learn techniques and ideas for coping and dealing with stress in your role
  • Gain ideas for resources and learn skills that will be beneficial for yourself and the children and young people you work with.

The day runs from 11am – 3.30pm and costs the subsidised price of £10 (this includes lunch).


Tickets limited so book early!



We have been working on revamping the Children, Youth and Family pages of the Methodist website with the aim of making it easier to navigate and explore the spread of opportunities and resources on offer for different audiences. Why not have a browse? We will be adding more content in the next few months and continuing to shape our web presence to provide the best possible online presence. If you have any feedback then please do email us your thoughts.






This is your church’s chance to say thank you to the most dedicated volunteers of the church. Each church can make one nomination on behalf of the church – either a volunteer or a group of volunteers. There will be 11 churches selected from each region, winning £1000 and an overall winning church that will receive an additional £2000. Closing date 30 September 2019.




NEW to download is a session plan for leaders to run with their children and young people who are coming to 3Generate. The aim of this two-hour session (which can be broken into smaller chunks and adapted to suit your group!) is to help understand the wonderful and unique experience that is 3Generate - so that your children and young people will be better placed to engage with, and benefit from, all that the weekend has to offer.






3Generate, the annual children’s and youth assembly of the Methodist Church, will be taking place this year at Pontins in Southport from 22 to 24 November.


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, find out more on our Volunteer Page.


Online you will find:

  • Details of the many roles you can volunteer for
  • Volunteer stories to inspire involvement
  • Volunteer information packs for different audiences
  • Links to the Volunteer Playlist on our YouTube Channel 3GenerateTV for more information and inspiration!

Please do consider what you might be able to offer, or how you can inspire others to consider volunteering their time.

Find out more about volunteering at 3Generate here.




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.




Connexional resources for 2019/2020 are now available to order from Methodist Publishing. You can also sign-up for the Methodist Publishing newsletter.



In this letter, over 30 children’s health and well-being professionals, campaigners and unions, along with the President of the conference, the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, have called upon the government to protect school meals in the event of no-deal Brexit.



Thinking about starting a career in the Creative and Cultural industry, or know a young person who is? Artswork is seeking applications for two exciting new Creative Apprentice (Level 3) roles. Applications close Sunday 8 September.



Will Fremont-Barnes, a Methodist intern who was based with JPIT and working on issues of peace and justice, visited Hiroshima in Japan at the end of July to attend the ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security Conference. Will was one of 14 young people from around the world, all aged 25 or younger.




New places for new people

A new ‘Our Calling fund’ has been launched by the Connexional Team to help start new, Christian communities. Churches and circuits are invited to apply for grants of between £100 and £1500. The New Places for New People grants are available for new types of worship and new churches, to create Christian communities and explore new ideas, especially those that provide outreach to non-Christians and for church planting or pioneering with people from poorer communities or those under 25 years old. Find out more.


NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

Grants are available to large charitable groups and organisations in the UK for projects that further the objectives of the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, particularly those that educate young people in rural areas and relieve of poverty in rural areas. Find out more.









Speaking Volumes

Grants are on offer for the purchase of Christian books from a local Christian bookshop (see the list of available books and apply here). The next opportunity to apply is September 1 – October 31. If you would like help with your application your local Christian bookshop team should be willing to assist you.


Co-op Foundation - youth-led advocacy to improve community spaces

Grants are available to community organisations in England for projects that support the aims of the #iwill campaign by helping young people (age 10 - 20) have a say in how community spaces that matter to them are managed. Find out more.



Strategic Legal Fund for vulnerable young migrants

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that provide specialist level legal advice to vulnerable young migrants as well as to firms of solicitors that provide specialist level legal advice to vulnerable young migrants. Find out more.




Young people organising and running events focused around Inter Faith Week

Small grants are available for events or projects by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation. Priority is given to projects that actively involve young people in planning, running, and evaluation of the project; promote positive action (i.e. young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems like improving green spaces); are run by non-statutory organisations (such as youth clubs, scout/guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations). Find out more.



Grants to Support Children’s Health and Education (UK and Ireland)
The next deadline to apply to the DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme is 8 October 2019. Grants of up to £30,000 are available to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people. Find out more.






This worship from ROOTS works around three prayer activities, and could be used in a church setting, in a whole school situation, or with class-size groups. The flexible suggestions can be adapted to best meet the needs of your group.



ROOTS offers service materials for All Saints Day, to go along with the readings that speak of God's blessings in Luke's gospel, and the joy of the faithful people of God in Psalm 149, providing opportunity to explore the path of holy living - the way of the saints - through prayer, image, reflection and activities suitable for all ages. If you are organising a Halloween party at your church, why not try ROOTS’ Shining in the Darkness ideas. Choose from themes of facing fears, life and death, and light in the darkness, to suit the ages of your children and young people, and the time available. You could also host a Light Party this year for the children and young people in your community.



Some churches adopt a Season of Creation from 1 September to 4 October. This period is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of creation, and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change. There has been well-publicised evidence about the decline of bee populations and the implications for the entire ecosystem. To reflect this concern ROOTS offers Milk and Honey - a service based on bees. Also available is Paying attention to the sky, an all-age Creation Time service based on the story of Job, a man who dares to ask God the difficult questions.



A group study giving students a vision for whole-life discipleship at University - the understanding, the tools, and the confidence to live for Christ in every area of University life.    






'One of the things that people fear most about exploring the Bible with all ages is that we know we should be interactive, but we're afraid of losing control if people say unexpected things. How do we lose this fear and gain confidence?' In this practical article, Ally Barrett considers the importance of planning for effective improvisation.



This is the eighth report from the Children's Society, capturing the latest information on the state of children’s well-being. It provides new and important insights into a range of issues affecting children’s well-being including family finances and children and young people’s feelings about the future.





16 September 2019, Birmingham

Prayer Spaces in Schools Conference

The Church of England and Prayer Spaces in Schools are co-hosting an important one-day Conference for children’s and youth workers, church leaders and education professionals, focusing on the key themes that emerged from York St John University’s research (2018) into the impact of prayer spaces on the spiritual development of children and young people. Find out more and book here.


20 – 22 September 2019, Cliff College

Young Local Preachers' Weekend

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


25 September 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.


19 October 2019, Farnham Methodist Church

Young People & Mental Health

From the Southern & Islands regional team of the Methodist Learning Network. A short course for all those working with 11-23s in their church. This course, run by Brian Smith, Youth & Children's Co-ordinator for the London District of the Methodist Church, will help us explore how we can support those young people in our care who may experience mental health issues, particularly during exam seasons. Find out more and book here.


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.






29 October 2019, Cliff College

Taking Care of your Mental Wellbeing

See article in featured news or click here.


2 November 2019, St. Andrew's Methodist Church, Andover

Developing sustainable children's, youth and families ministry

From the Southern & Islands regional team of the Methodist Learning Network. A short course for those with responsibility for vision and strategy for children's, youth and families workers in their church, or those in training to take this on. This course, run by Brian Smith, Youth & Children's Co-ordinator for the London District of the Methodist Church. During the day we will explore the process of building a sustainable youth and children’s ministry, exploring a systematic approach. This day will be useful for churches of all sizes, with many or few children, young people and families. Find out more and book here.


19 – 20 November 2019, Swan Bank Methodist Church, Stoke on Trent

Navigating Change

For lay and ordained church leaders. The question is, what now for the Methodist People? How does our common heritage of Evangelism, Discipleship, Church Growth and Social Action prepare and equip us for a common task going forward? Find out more and book here.


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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