Training, Events & Jobs

Please see below for details of training and events which are coming up over the next months.  Also, the Church of England Going for Growth webpage which has a round up of the courses and events which will help to develop your knowledge and skills in children and youth ministry. 

South West Youth Ministries SWYM Personal Development Days

Please find attached SWYM’s new programme for the year, including retreats at Lee Abbey. – they would love you to join them.  More details on this flier.  Please email Helen Williams for tickets.

Helping Children and Young People understand Race
Friday 15 October, 13.00 – 14.00
Zoom session with Mary Hawes and Krish Kandiah (£5.98)

As ‘Lament to Action’ highlighted, the Church has a long way to go before racial injustice is eradicated, so please come along and begin to think how we can help children and young people think differently.  Please book here.

Zoom ‘Drop In’ – Diocese Children, Youth & Families people – Join us for a cuppa at our (Zoom) Drop in on
Monday 18 October, 2pm OR Tuesday 19 October, 8pm
All involved in children, youth & families ministry are invited to gather together online.  We want to provide a space to hear about one another’s experiences, opportunities and challenges.  In doing so we hope to offer support, share best practice, encouragement, inspiration and prayer.  Contact Clare for the Zoom link.  We’d love your company!

Making Spiritual Spaces in School 20 October 2pm -3pm
This session will consider:
How children interpreted and used the outdoor spiritual spaces to benefit their spiritual well-being;
Children’s explanations and interpretations of how and why they used the spiritual garden, and how they integrate reflection practices encountered in school into the home;
Children’s  interpretation of these spaces as a calming space or sacred space  to reflect on worries and concerns;
The value children placed on these spaces for their spiritual health.
Please contact Gill Harrison to register for a place for this seminar and discussion.  Maximum attendees:  20

Revealing Jesus 16 November 7:15pm
95% of under-18s don’t go to church BUT many are open to faith. Join Scripture Union to explore how you and your church can make the most of this opportunity to reach ‘the 95’ with the good news of Jesus!  See how you and your church can be supported, equipped, and empowered in your outreach to local schools, communities and beyond; delve into the world of Generation Z:  understand who they really are as well as the world as they see it, then discover what it could look like for you and your church to reach out to them in mission; explore how the Revealing Jesus mission framework could be outworked in your context as you reveal Jesus to ‘the 95’ and journey with them in their faith.  Book here.

Spring Harvest Easter 2022
The Spring Harvest 22 events theme is Restore, Renew, Rebuild. Drawing from the life of Nehemiah, this theme will be explored in relation to our churches, our communities and our individual lives. These three powerful words will each, in turn, become part of the daily focus for the event ‘as we look to God, look within our heart and look out into our world.’  Phil Loose, CEO of the Essential Christian charity says, “In the last two years we’ve gone from Big Top to laptop, from Skyline to online and now it’s time to come together in person again.  Spring Harvest is back at Butlin’s for 2022 and we can’t wait to welcome you on site. Book early to make sure you don’t miss out on an incredible Spring Harvest reunion!”  Guests can book by phone or online. Booking online is the fastest and easiest way. To do this, visit Spring Harvest’s new online event booking page.

Looking for a post as a children’s, families or youth worker? Please see below for any job opportunities which have come to us.  In addition, we encourage you to see the Church of England Going for Growth webpage  which advertises a wide range of job opportunities in Christian ministry with children, families and young people.