Opportunities, Updates & resources. Feb 2017

There are loads of exciting opportunities, updates and resources below. Be encouraged as we move from winter into springtime – we are observing dozens of small signs of new life springing up in Churches all over the Diocese.

FIRST AID TRAINING 3rd March – Last chance to bookfirt-aid

Souster Youth are also offering a 4 hour essential first aid training course for just £10! (at St John’s Ambulance Hall, Chancery Lane, Thrapston NN14 4JL). Friday 3 March 9am-1pm
To secure your place, email jason@sousteryouth.org or book online

HALF NIGHT OF PRAYER – St.Giles, Northampton 3rd March 

This event will be really inspiring, you are very welcome to join in


weedon-bec-gt-1A group of youth leaders from all over the Diocese gathered in the autumn to discuss recent research concerning girls’ self-esteem and the associated issues (body image, self-harm, mental health…). The leaders are meeting again in March to discuss how we can share our resources and tackle the issues together. If you would like to attend either of the gatherings (below) please email me and I will book you in:

Monday 6th March, 11am-1pm. Bouverie Court

Monday 20th March, 9:30am-11:00am. The Hope Centre

THE HARRY AND CHRIS SHOW Friday 10th March £10 (Concessions £8 – special youth group rates by negotiation) Kettering Arts Centre @ St Andrew’s Church

A fantastic chance to catch the legendary World Slam Poetry champion and Soul Survivor, Greenbelt, Spring Harvest favourite, Harry Baker. And he’s teamed up with rising young jazz star Chris Read for a fantastic show of music, poetry, fast talking, fun, love and laughter.

“A combination of catchy hooks and breathtaking verbal ingenuity makes this a winning hour… The quality and quantity of laughs on offer is generous and yet the show is cynicism-free, the tone unapologetically feel-good.”harry-and-chris
★★★★ Broadway Baby

“made me instantly happy.”

Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“I think he’s quite brilliant.”
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

Plus support from Gecko.

Don’t miss out – bring a group! Contact office@ketteringartscentre.com for more info and tickets or book online 

GUVNA.B – Friday 24th March (7:15-10:00pm)

guvna-bPeterborough Diocese are part of the HOPE Revolution Peterborough initiative which connects dozens of Christian Charities, organisations and Churches together. The next event is being led by Kingsgate Church (Peterborough) who will be hosting Guvna B: a multi-award winning, record-breaking rap artist from London. He became the first rapper in UK history to top the Official Christian & Gospel charts, and his most recent No. 1 release SECRET WORLD was the UK’s highest selling urban Christian album in 2015. More information and booking details will be available soon. We are anticipating over 700 people and so we need to build another great team of volunteers that can help with stewarding the event (for the last event 55 people volunteered!). If you are currently involved in youth work in your Church (and therefore already have a DBS certificate), and would like to join the team, please email Chad chad.chadwick@peterborough-diocese.org.uk and he will connect you with the volunteer team leader.


In the next few months we have various Area Youth Gatherings happening, designed to get together your groups of young people or individuals to meet with others from neighbouring churches – for encouragement and to work together on a shared project. Collaborative, interactive and fun! For more info contact Becky on becky.wills@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

12th March: Northampton Celebrate 7pm St David’s Kingsthorpe

2nd April: Daventry area first gathering: Pizza Party 5pm St Peter & St Paul Weedon Bec

30th April Wellingborough Sparks Youth Worship Gathering 6.30pm St Andrew’s Wellingborough

18th June South Northants Launchpad 7pm venue tbc

2nd July Fire Church (Northants/Leicester borders) outdoors at Midshires Covert Kelmarsh Road, Harrington NN6 9NP (accessible from junctions 2 and 3 of the A14) 7-8.30pm

 YOUTH WORKER RETREAT – 7th to 9th April

Brilliant opportunity at the Chellington Centre (Bedfordshire), see attached. Organised by a new youth work charity in East Northamptonshire – ‘Souster Youth’. The programme includes: Bible teaching, worship and time to think about your own faith. There will be optional seminars, plenty of coffee, a camp fire, countryside walks and board games too. Whether you need to recharge, find a bit of encouragement or a quiet space to read, you’ll have a chance to do it on the Youth Work Retreat. The weekend will be hosted by Jason Royce & Chad Chadwick. Cost: £30 Early bird tickets available until 28th February. Limited places! £40 Standard ticket price from 1st March. (Ticket price includes: accomodation and all your meals). Book your place online:

For more info: jason@sousteryouth.org or call 07833251231

SOUL SURVIVOR – Gathering Local Groups

We now have over 20 local youth groups that are interested in making the most of the Soul Survivor summer festivals by connecting before, during and after the events. If you would like to know more then email me and I’ll keep you in the loop as plans progress. If you are planning on taking a group for the first time and would like some support from one of the leaders that has been before then that is also possible, just drop me a line.

YELLOW APP –  Important Safeguarding Updateyellow-app

There has been a national concern raised to CEOP (child exploitation and online protection) about the app ‘Yellow’. It promotes itself as a ‘Tinder-like flirting app’ that already has millions of young users. Make yourself aware of the key issues, and be even more alert to the dangers that young people are facing.

DISRESPECT NOBODY – Consent and Sexting Campaign

The second phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 2 February until the end of March 2017. The campaign is focussed on digital and mobile first and will also run on TV aimed at young people, such as The Brit Awards and the Big Bang Theory, on radio, Spotify, cinema and online including catch up TV, X-Box, YouTube and Snapchat.  The aim of the Disrespect NoBody campaign is to prevent young people, both boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships. For 2017 the focus of the campaign will be consent and sexting, which are both issues where many young people need more education and information. The campaign advertising directs young people to the website where they can get further information and signposts them to organisations who can provide support.

 MENTAL HEALTH – Sites and Resources

More than 850,000 young people in the UK have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, and many more have wellbeing issues. It’s an area of life that we need to be aware of, so here  on the Growing for Growth website you’ll find links to sites and resources which will help raise and address these issues

ROOTED IN THE CHURCH – Recent ReportRooted in the Church.JPG
Commissioned by the CofE
Education Office, the Rooted in the Church report looks at the key reasons why young people stay connected to the Church. This short video provides Churches with a great tool to start a conversation about sustainable youth ministry.


ECHO & XPECT INTERNSHIP – Open to applications

Do you know anyone who is exploring the possibility of spending a year serving God? We are now open to applications for our ‘Xpect’ Youth Work apprenticeship and our Church Ministry Internship Schemes.

Also, for opportunities further afield, check out this linkGoing for Growth


job-description-open-door-youth-worker-revised-december-2016 A part time Christian Youth Worker job is currently being advertised to run a village youth group in Bozeat (job ad and contact details attached). Please share or get in touch if you are interested.

STARBURST Junior Young Leader Training at the Annual Children’s  Work Conference 13th May 2017

All Saints School, Northampton: the Peterborough Diocese annual children’s work conference, with a special strand for Junior Inspire Young Leaders. 10-13 year old young leaders can come along to the day, spend time together, chatting, learning, playing games etc and also attend workshops alongside the adult delegates. Get in touch for booking info.

YOUTHSCAPE – 16-19 year olds

Based on her own experience of working in a local Sixth Form College, Lahna Pottle, 16-19s Specialist at SchoolsworkUK, has created a 6 week session plan tackling 6 questions that 16-19 year olds want to talk about. The aim of this resource is to open up discussion, encourage listening, and support the students’ exploration of faith and worldviews. The key is exploring why they feel or think what they do, and explore their own influences and beliefs. Topics covered in the sessions are faith, disagreements, emotions, sexuality, university and politics. Each session takes around 60 minutes to run but they are flexible enough to adapt to different contexts and time constraints. Every session has an ice-breaker, questions for discussion, reflection including a biblical perspective, and an activity. The discussions can be used as part of a one to one session or in a group setting.

YOUTHSCAPE – Small Groups

Here is an interesting article that highlights the importance of working in small groups

We hope you can find something to inspire, resource, encourage and enable you to continue to grow and nurture your youth ministry. Keep in touch!

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