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Children’s & youth work links

Links from the world of children’s and youth ministry: Scripture Union produces simplified Nativity story to avoid confusing children who don’t go to church: A spokeswoman said the change had been prompted by figures in recent years showing the scale of the lack of knowledge about the Christmas story among many children. New Healthy Media Habits For […]

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying tackled in new guidance for Church schools

Guidance for the Church of England’s 4,700 schools published today aims to prevent pupils from having their self-worth diminished or their ability to achieve impeded by being bullied because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity. The report makes 12 recommendations for schools including ensuring schools’ Christian ethos statements offer “an inclusive vision for education” where “every child […]

Oxford college banned Christian group from freshers’ fair

As the university academic year kicks off, once again, we see a Christian Union having their activities on campus restricted.  Balliol Christian Union (CU) was banned from attending the Freshers’ Fair by the JCR over concerns at the “potential for harm to freshers” and because they wanted the freshers’ fair to be a “secular space”, according to […]

Scripture Union offering discount for new Church of England subscribers

Scripture Union is offering a discounted subscription on their Light materials for CofE parishes. The discount which is being offered for a limited period is 20% off an annual subscription, plus a free copy of the accompanying children’s magazine and free delivery. A special Church of England page has been set up on the Scripture […]

A Growing Church – Renewal & Reform

The fourth Renewal & Reform vision and narrative short film has been launched, looking at how in a world crying out for God’s love, we can once again become a growing church for all people in all places. Watch the film:  

Archbishop: Church of England schools can help shape ‘hopeful’ society

Read the Archbishop of Canterbury’s on the vision for CofE schools in this week’s TES: Education is at the heart of the work the Church of England does for the common good.  Through its 4,500 primary and 200 secondary schools, it educates around one million children a day. It is estimated that around 15 million […]

‘A Realistic Assessment’ – Renewal & Reform

‘A Realistic Assessment’ The third Renewal & Reform vision and narrative short film has been launched, looking at the challenges facing the Church of England. Watch it here:  

A Hopeful Future – Renewal & Reform

The second of four films themed on the vision and narrative of Renewal & Reform. The Bishop of Burnley is joined by Youth Council representative Alexandra Podd, and Archbishops’s Council member Rebecca Salter, in looking to a hopeful future. Watch the second video in the series here:

A Plentiful Harvest – Renewal & Reform

The first in a series of videos, A Plentiful Harvest, featuring both Archbishops on the Renewal & Reform programme is now live on the home page of the Church of England website and on YouTube. The series of videos will highlight the narrative of hope for the Church of England in the 21st century set out […]

Youth Evangelism Officer appointed

Jimmy Dale has been appointed as the Church of England’s first national Youth Evangelism Officer. In response to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s focus on evangelism. Jimmy will take up the role in October. He will hold a national remit to develop and disseminate models of evangelism among 11 – 18 year olds. This new role […]

Why your church needs to know about Pokémon GO

The Church of England has written a very helpful blog post on what your church needs to know about Pokémon GO: The NSPCC has issued advice to parents of those children playing Pokémon GO in the UK. Whilst we would encourage churches to engage with those playing the game, be they adults or children, we also […]

CofE Communications update – August 2016

The latest editions of InReview and InFocus are now available to download Their aim is to keep people in touch with the activities of the Archbishops’ Council, Church Commissioners, Pensions Board and other bodies which serve the Church at national level.   InReview August’s edition of InReview, including news about York General Synod, The Church of England Vision […]