Children and youth ministry
Chaplaincies play an important role in supporting the spiritual growth of our young people, helping them to live out their faith in their homes, schools and social environments.
For those charged with this most important task - whether through paid employment or in a voluntary capacity - fulfilling this role in a diocese as vast as Europe can be challenging and at times can seem overwhelming and isolating. Questions may arise such as: Are there other leaders working with our young people facing the challenges I face? Or are there resources that others use that could make my life just a little easier?
That is where the youth network comes in with its main focuses:
- Enabling anyone who works with our young people to meet as a community and know they are not alone;
- Sharing the successes and challenges of working with young people from such a wide and diverse area;
- Sharing resources and ideas to make life that little bit easier;
- Offering training and updates on local and national initiatives.
If you have recently joined the diocese, then welcome; if you're already working with our young people, then we thank you for all you do; and if you haven’t yet been to a network meeting - then you're missing out!
Contact Revd Canon Stephen Murray to be added to the mailing group and receive details of when the youth network meets, join the Facebook page to see what others are doing, and if you just want to say hello, or ask more about how to inspire our young people, then please get in touch!
May god bless you richly in this important ministry and again, thank you.
It's the role of chaplaincies across our diocese to nurture the spiritual growth of these young people, give them the confidence to live out their faith where they live, study and socialise, and inspire them into being the future leaders that the church needs.
Our young people are the future leaders of the church. Without them, the church will struggle to survive.
Explore a collection of children & youth picks for books, apps, websites and other resources to develop your youth work.
Support for Leaders & Volunteers
Children & Youth Ministry Network Gatherings
Dates in 2024:
Our topics in 2024 include: ministry with children and youth with learning disabilitis and neurodiversity; mental health and young people; What makes 'Generation Tik Tok tick?'; social media; youth and worship; racial justice.
To receive the zoom links, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing and Support
To support one another in prayer and informal conversation, there are regular 'Chill and Chat' zooms. Dates for 2024 are:
To receive the link, please email: email@example.com
Revd Canon Stephen Murray
Revd Iain Bendrey
What makes Generation Tik Tok tick?
Before working with children, volunteers and paid workers are required to complete online safeguarding training to be able to recognise, prevent or act on any safeguarding issues that may arise. To enrol on a course you need to set up a username and password on the safeguarding portal. You will then be able to select the relevant courses (see below). Once a course has been completed you will receive an online certificate - this should be shared with your chaplaincy Safeguarding Officer.
Chaplaincy workers with children/vulnerable adults (paid or volunteer) need to complete the Basic Awareness Course (Level 1) and Foundation Course (Level 2, part 1)
Leaders/supervisors of work with children/vulnerable adults (paid or volunteer) need to complete the Basic Awareness Course (Level 1) , the Foundation Course (Level 2, part 1) AND the Leadership Course (Level 2, part 2).