Children & Youth

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Methodist Children
and Youth
May 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...





The ONE Programme Participant strand 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.






ONE Programme Participants (OPPs) are employed for one year, on a part-time basis, with a local project to help develop the mission and ministry of the Church at a local, regional and national level. OPPs are paid a living wage to work an average of 15 hours a week - most of which is spent in their local project but with some Connexional (national) responsibilities.



The ONE Programme is more than just a job for the young person. The training and personal development in the programme is excellent and gives participants the skills for starting off, or carrying on, in employment as well as developing leadership skills.



Find out more here or visit the Methodist job pages to apply.



We have now sold 950 tickets to this year's 3Generate children and youth assembly! If you have anyone aged 8 to 23 who would like to be at this exciting event, then find out how to book.


The event takes place at Pontins, Southport between 23-25 November 2018. During the weekend children and young people can engage with, speak out about and respond to issues that concern them. The Methodist Church can hear and respond to what delegates are saying.


Visit the 3GenerateTV YouTube channel to find out more and watch this year's promo video.







If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering for 3Generate, please visit the volunteers page of our website. We are looking for people to help in several roles, including working in the different venues, taking part on our detached/roving care and engagement teams and providing support to the operational teams (admin, stewarding and set-up/take-down).





We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who has experience of working with children and young people with additional needs and who would be willing to be part of the team working to make sure the event is as accessible and inclusive as possible.



Earlier this year, all ministers were sent copies of the 3Generate manifesto and, new for 2018, a response postcard. Our hope is that churches and groups will complete and return their postcard, telling us how they intend to respond to the statements in the manifesto. Please do send these postcards back so that the children and young people at 3Generate can see how their manifesto is impacting church life. Hard copies of the response postcards have been sent to ministers but an online version is available. By following the same link you can also find the growing bank of resources to help your groups engage with the different elements of the manifesto, carrying on the conversation all year-round.




In the Nottingham and Derby District they are looking forward to Methodist Conference coming to town. Alongside the opening of Conference, local youth workers have hatched a plan to bring young people together from across the District to meet at Beeston Methodist Church, which is a mile from the Conference venue. Between 2pm and 7pm on Saturday 30th June, young people are being invited to pray for their church and its representatives who are gathering, asking that God's heart is sought and will is done. The afternoon will involve creative prayer stations and plenty of opportunities for worship together. All plans will be posted on the District Youth Website, so that others can replicate the event in their own area. Can you imagine what could happen if the national Church's young people all came together in prayer for their Church and its leaders? What if it was more than the 100 young people we've had at our district events, and more than the 1000+ that we anticipate to be at 3Generate? What if God's young people prayed? Our understanding of Scripture is that if His people pray, and humble themselves, and seek His face, then He will hear from Heaven and forgiveness and healing will flow from him, that His Kingdom will come, and His will be done...

For more information, and to share how many young people might be praying up and down the country, check out the website and get in touch!


the connexion magazine

This is a free magazine about the life and work of the Methodist Church, bringing together inspirational stories from Methodist people who are passionate about sharing God's love to change lives. The latest edition is available here.


Peace and Justice Forum

The Joint Public Issues Team is seeking ambassadors aged 18-25 to take part in the forum and attend the launch at Parliament on Thursday 12 July. Find out more and to apply.


Young people needed for the NHS Youth Forum

NHS England has a Youth Forum, made up of 25 young people from all over the country, who have a passion for improving health services for young people – and it is looking for young people who want to be involved. Run by the British Youth Council, the Youth Forum gives a voice to young people to express their thoughts on the health issues that matter most to them. It works directly with NHS England, Public Health England and Department of Health enabling the Forum to have a real impact on the health services that young people use. Closing date for applications: 10am on 16 May 2018



New research project on relationships and sexuality


Relationships and sexuality are some of the most difficult and complex aspects of young people’s faith development. The goal of this research is to better understand this complexity, especially how Christian young men are making sense of the many conflicting messages they are receiving. The yourstory project aims to create a safe and non-judgemental space for Christian young men to tell their story. Working in partnership with the Youthscape Centre for Research, the project will contribute towards the development of a resource supporting youth workers in their ministry with young men, as well as work on faith sensitive sex and relationships education in schools. The project is working with diverse denominations and wants to make sure that Methodist young people have a chance to make their voice heard. You can find more details on the website. Please get in touch with project leader Josh Heyes as soon as possible if you have questions or are interested in participating. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of important and exciting research!


Aurora Youth and Children’s Ministry courses


Run in partnership between the Methodist Church in Sheffield, the Sheffield Anglican Diocese and St Peter's College, these courses aim to resource and train up volunteer Youth and Children's Workers. Whilst most people who have attended have been from South Yorkshire, people have travelled to the course in previous years. Training is also available in Derby and Ireland. Find more information and request an application pack on the website.



The Well Creative Children's Ministry

Don't forget to visit our blog, full of inspiration and ideas for those working with children. Over the coming days we will be adding even more creative ideas for Pentecost. You can also visit our Pinterest pages for even more help.


Methodist Modern Art Collection postcard booklet

This booklet contains 24 pull-out postcards, featuring some of the most popular pieces from the collection, selected and arranged to tell the gospel story. Available here for £4.99, plus p+p.


Attracting younger adults to congregational life


What does it take for a church to be attractive to a young adult? This article from the archive of the Alban Institute explores the tensions that exist when we try to do just that.


Methodist Prayer Handbook 2017-2018: Jesus the First and the Last


As part of Our Calling, share the power of prayer with your friends and local community. We have copies of Jesus the First and the Last to give away. Order your FREE copies (p+p applies) from Methodist Publishing.


Called to… series


One of the lectionary readings set for Sunday 3 June is 1 Samuel 3: 1-10, Samuel’s calling and prophetic activity. The Called to…series of booklets are perfect to giveaway in your churches and communities should anyone want to reflect on their calling. Order yours from Methodist Publishing. There are also helpful resources on the Methodist Church website.


Jumpers for Goalposts – free World Cup resource pack

Whether you're sports mad or a sports novice, Jumpers for Goalposts from Scripture Union will help your church make the most of all the opportunities that sports ministry provides. The pack includes:

  •       tips on h​ow to plan, who to invite, and how to find them
  •       ideas and resources for use in a church, school and community setting
  •       two core resources – one around playing football, one around screening the World Cup
  •       flexibility depending on how ‘sporty’ you are
  •       ideas for schools-based activities leading up to the day – assemblies, schools clubs, The Games (an established half-day Key Stage 2 cross-curricular resource)
  •       top tips on how to bring faith into the conversation
  •       how to manage risk and keep your event fun and safe
  •       how to keep ‘un-sporty’ children engaged
  •       ideas for follow-up activities – a Higher Football holiday club, Sweaty Church


Place your order now and SU will send an email as soon as the pack becomes available for download.


No Questions Asked
This Youthscape study discovered a profound lack of questioning around God, faith and religion among the young people they spoke to. Word on the Streets provides a good summary, or you can download the full report here.


Children’s well-being and social relationships, UK: 2018
A report from the Office of National Statistics, looking at Children’s well-being and with a focus on their relationships. Again, Word on the Streets provides a helpful summary but you can also download the full report here.



Community Pastoral Officer at RAF Benson, Wallingford, Oxfordshire


Methodist Church Forces Board


Salary: £25,936 per annum


Closing date: 12 noon on Tuesday 29 May 2018


Interview date: Tuesday 19 June 2018


Are you a committed Christian interested in working with families in the Armed forces? Do you have a heart to deliver projects serving these families? This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference.


The primary purpose of the job is to provide a chaplaincy presence and outreach to Service Personnel and their families, living in the local area (both in Service Family Accommodation and in private accommodation). 


The post holder is eligible to be considered for accommodation at RAF Benson at non-entitled rates for the duration of their time in the role, should they require it and subject to availability.


Please note that there is a genuine occupational requirement to be a Christian for this post.


E-mail or visit the website for more information.



Saturday 19 May 2018, Yeovil


Christian Perspectives in Early Years Education


Love Early Years encourages and supports practitioners working in early years care and education. This conference will enable you to become better equipped to meet the needs of young children, building strong foundations for present and future generations. Book here.



Sunday 20 May, Methodist Central Hall Westminster, London

Thy Kingdom Come – Pentecost Beacon

Central Hall will be hosting one of the Thy Kingdom Come Beacon events to celebrate Pentecost and the end of Thy Kingdom Come, the global prayer movement. This family-friendly service will feature Archbishop Justin Welby, the Revd Canon Gareth J Powell, Secretary of the Methodist Conference and the Revd Loraine N Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference. Book your free place here. Watch these short videos about prayer and find out about other Thy Kingdom Come Beacon events taking place.


26 – 27 May 2018, Wiston House, West Sussex

1 – 2 June 2018, Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire

Big Church Day Out

BCDO’s tenth year will be a huge celebration of all things that are good, helped along by Matt Redman, Kari Jobe, Crowder, Travis Greene, Housefires, Martin smith, For King and Country and many many more to add to the line-up! It is estimated that there will be 40,000+ gathering together in unity to worship, pray and share fellowship with each other this year, with a great opportunity to share the gospel and see 1000s respond and make life changing decisions that will change individuals, families and communities. Watch the promotional video for a flavour of the event. 90% of those who attend are in a group, which this year is supported by an easy-to-use booking system. In essence, the more people in your group, the cheaper the ticket price becomes. Find out more on the website.


Saturday 16 June 2018, Chesterton Methodist Church

Family Ministry Day

Starting with breakfast and including time to reflect on what it means to be intergenerational church, network with others serving in this field and a fantastic taster session from Kids Matter, a charity that supports parents. For more information and to book your FREE place, see the Facebook page.


Wednesday 20 June 2018, Birmingham

Chaplaincy Central conference: thriving not surviving

Each seminar and workshop at this conference will focus on how Chaplains (whether voluntary or paid, full or part-time) and school communities can thrive despite the challenges to be faced. The day will be packed full of seminars and practical workshops, exploring themes including: responding to tragedy, mental health and chaplaincy on a shoestring. Whether you are a primary, secondary or FE Chaplain, there is something for everyone! Book here.


Saturday 30 June, Beeston Methodist Church (and nationwide?)


See the information above in the news article, or visit the website.


12 to 16 November 2018, Cliff College

Certificate in Social Activism

Designed for those interested in making the world a better place, this brand new week-long course explores what social activism is and how we might go about it. It considers what the Bible says about the subject and unpacks different theological models. It will help us better understand how we practically go about activism to bring about social change. The course is for those already involved in social activism and those who are new to it.


Friday 16 November 2018, Birmingham

National Youth Ministry Weekend


For anyone involved in church youth work, this conference offers: international leading speakers in their fields; encouragement and time out with other youth workers; fresh ideas you can implement straight away; inspiring, worship and Bible teaching. Find out more here.

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