Category Archives: Children’s and Youth Work

Reaching all children: the inclusive group: Lesley Burnett & Shirley Austin

This was a slightly bizarre session that was dominated by one delegate who had lots to say! The first part of the session was spent engaging with what ‘inclusion’ means, and osme of the biblical and legal reasons for it. We then moved on to look at the problem of labels – how they can […]

Messy Church: Lucy Moore

Lucy ran a great session outlining some of the stuff they have been doing in her church in Portsmouth to reach out to the community. They had very few children, a small number of church families, yet locally five primary schools. They realised there were 3 options:– Holiday clubs– Mid-week groups– Attempting to reach whole […]

The Funding is in

As I mentioned ten days ago, we have received some more funding through The Youth Opportunities Fund and Youth Capital Fund. We heard that between the two youth groups they will be given £10,645 for various bits of equipment such as a cycle shed, BBQs, sports equipment, and funding for trips and training such as […]

Main session 2: The child through the eyes of the church

This session was by Alan Charter and was fantastic. He started off by asking what does it mean to be an older generation sharing with a younger generation? Thoughts included that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, and ‘the life of a child is like a piece of paper on which every passer-by […]

Main session 1: The child through the eyes of Jesus.

Dave Roberts took the first session, which I found rather hard work. He seemed to jump around the Bible a lot, and got increasingly louder in volume which just seemed to end up with him shouting at us. He started off by highlighting how 2000 years ago society had a really low view of the […]

Children’s Ministry Conference

Last weekend we went to the Children’s Ministry Conference. A great weekend of teaching and thinking. We were able to take a couple of key volunteers with us this time which was great for them to have the chance to be inspired and do some thinking on their ministry. Had fun with our accommodation but […]

Hectic but alive!

I’ve been really hectic recently with going to the Children’s Ministry Conference at the weekend, some big events at youth groups and trying to organise the spending of our grant money. I’ve felt quite frustrated about my lack of blogging but as Hannah, my wife, said it is from the busy times that you get […]

More funding

A while ago I posted about how we were going to put a bid in to The Youth Opportunities Fund and Youth Capital Fund which had something in the region of £60,000-70,000 available. I received a phone call last night saying that both our groups that applied have been successful. While some funding was knocked […]

Youth club trip out

Tonight was the first trip out of the New Year. We took our two monday night youth groups to the Rayleigh Megazone . It was a great night – the kids always enjoy the laser tag. We had an entertaining start with the smoke alarm going off within minutes of us entering the building. On […]

It’s arrived

Over the weekend our grant cheques from the county council arrived. It is really fun looking to spend £6000 and the joy that it will bring to the young people. Had some great conversations with some really helpful companies, looking to give discounts and provide some quality advice on picking the correct products. If their […]

Children’s Ministry Conference

Looks like I am off in a couple of weekends to Eastbourne with a couple of my volunteers to the Children’s Ministry Conference. It should be a really good weekend with over 60 seminars and workshops which will be grouped into 5 streams: Children’s ministry leadership issues; Outreach beyond church; Working with under 5s; Working […]

Office move – not easy

Recently there has been some talk and thought about me swapping offices with the photocopy type office. But at the moment it all seems to be getting more complex. The theory was that it is a nicer room (actually has proper windows), more space, and a bit farther away from the noise produced by our […]