A new term, new starts; continuing support and encouragement

With a new school year comes new opportunities, events, training and resources for ministry with young people.

This September also brings some changes to our structures and systems at Bouverie Court. Due to our colleague Rona Orme, the Children’s Missioner, moving on to new things, and the Director of Mission, Miles Baker, also leaving his role for a new post, there has been some rearranging of responsibilities and leadership.

Pete (Director), Chad and Becky are now a brand new team for Children and Youth. We will continue to support you in working with young people, but for now we have taken on the remit for children too. We are very excited to have a new part time team member for this year; Imogen Allen, who will be working with us for a day a week as Inspire Co-ordinator. There will also be a supporting team of volunteers with years of experience and expertise between them, that we will call on to help make sure parishes have all the support they need. Our admin support will be by Sally Crossley: sally.crossley@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

These changes have come at a time when we were already thinking about a re-brand and re-focus, and they bring our research, thoughts and recent work into a full circle.

Generation to Generation will be our new Children and Youth Team tag-line – look out for our new logo and branding to be launched this Autumn. The phrase is based on Psalm 145: One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.

rooted-in-the-churchWe are increasingly seeing that churches that embrace an intergenerational approach are experiencing deep and lasting discipleship of young people, and that a move away from “silo-ed off” youth and children’s ministries means that there is more chance of sustained and meaningful engagement with the whole church family. The CofE report “Rooted in the Church”, as well as wider research, reading, external training and thinking have informed an intergenerational approach by our team.

Greenbelt seminar 2017Over the Summer, we presented a seminar at Greenbelt Festival on this theme and we have also been working with Ely Diocese Youth and Children Team to put together The Grandparent Resource. This is in a piloting phase, and we hope to roll out the interactive, editable web resource in 2018. If you’d like more information and to see a draft of some of the content, please email becky.wills@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

We continue to support you with Young Leader training events. Our Inspire strand continues – contact Imogen for more information or to book:  imogeniallen@googlemail.com

For junior young leaders aged 10-13 there are a few places left on our next event: Flier for Junior Inspire 7th Oct 2017 for online

And for the older 14-18’s group:

Inspire Wkend 2018 flyerInspire Wkend 2018 flyerback

We continue to gather young people in local settings, around the Diocese, for encouragement, fun, stepping out into leadership and as a way of inspiring the local setting. To find out more about upcoming events see the Area Gatherings page or contact Becky.

Soul 2017Soul Survivor was the highlight of the Summer for many young people and it was great to see groups from our Diocese and region camping and sharing together in worship, learning and meeting Jesus. Soul Survivor’s new home at Peterborough Showground means that we are in the great position to build an exciting and close relationship with the festival. The team are returning to Peterborough on 28th Oct 2017 for a night to remind you of the Summer, to reconnect and join together again. The event is at Kingsate church at 7pm. For more details contact Chad chad.chadwick@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

And don’t forget the great training opportunity coming up on 4th Nov. Learn to Listen Day.