Seasonal Resources Nov 2019

With huge thanks to Debbie Hill, our colleague in Ely Diocese, here’s a series of resources and ideas for this season. Click on the Links below….



Advent and Christmas


On your Marks, Get Set…

Do you feel ready to Go! for a new academic year? 
The Gen2 Team are here to support you, to cheer you on and hopefully equip you for the race ahead…
Remembering Hebrews 12:1-3 as our inspiration. 

Youth Ministry Training NEW for 2019/20

  • 10 monthly sessions exploring key issues in youth ministry and a robust theological response
  • You’ll get 10 session plans for your youth group
  • You’ll get resources to inspire your ministry worth over £25
  • Enjoy home-cooked food and the chance to meet over 40 other youth ministers

Youth Ministry Training costs £70 for the year, or £10 for each session.  Find out more and Book your place

Children’s Ministry Certificate Taster Evening
10th September 2019 7.30pm

Come along, with your minister or team leader if possible, to get a taster, meet the team and find out if this course can help you and your church to grow and develop your ministry with children and their families. 
Find out more, get in touch and book your places

Resources and Opportunities:

How can you support your local schools?  
With the one thing they all need help with…
Bringing the Bible to life
Walk Through the Bible  are bringing cut-price, local training to Peterborough in November 2019 
Find out more and join the team

The Little Worship Company have new resources for under 7’s including a big Bible curriculum for all sorts of settings.

Our Friends at Roots have a new season’s resources available for subscription. They are kindly giving us free magazine samples for those who come to any of our New Term Gatherings or the CMC Taster Evening on 10th September!

Keep up to date on current research into Children’s Attitudes and Experiences in 2019 with the Good Childhood Report from the Children’s Society and the Girls’ Attitude Survey from Girlguiding.

Does your open youth group need something to show your Christian distinctiveness in a low key way. Try a leaving a few copies of JAM magazine around. 

A reminder to make sure you are subscribed to CofE’s National Resource Mailings Child in our Midst and Word on the Street

Run the Race…with eyes fixed on Jesus

Lent thoughts from Chad

Lent 2019

Last weekend I took my 4 year old twins to the National Railway museum in York. The local schools were not yet on half-term, so the museum was really quiet. Nanny and the twins were fully immersed in the activity section, so I had a few quiet minutes to rest. I sat down at a table on the medic train and started reading beautiful letters that nurses had sent during the war. I was wearing my normal vintage attire, a faded flat cap and a very old and creased black shirt. A young couple came in to the carriage, by the sounds of their conversation I think they were on holiday from Japan. I carried on reading quietly, and sitting very still. Weirdly, the young guy slowly reached out towards me and then flinched and laughed (A LOT). It turns out he thought I was a wax work railway exhibit.

I left the carriage, chuckling and embarrassed, resisting the temptation to walk in a robotic fashion to further freak them out.

It is extremely counter cultural to be still.

So many of us have a propensity to fill time and space with noise and activity. We are addicted to productivity and consumption. We are slaves to the Pharaoh of consumerism. When it comes to busyness, our Churches often echo culture rather than stand against it. In many situations our Churches are making people too busy for God. Lent is a rare opportunity to stand still against the cultural flow.

The modern menu of Lent activities, courses, bible studies and initiatives is rich, diverse… and a bit overwhelming; ranging from ambitious commitments to 40 acts of kindness (engagement) to simply giving up chocolate (abstinence). I’m not suggesting these things aren’t good, I’m just reflecting theologically on their place in the season of Lent. Donald Alistair (The Bishop of Peterborough) recently said “If it is something you ought to give up anyway, then give it up altogether. If it is a matter of needing to reduce your consumption of something, then reduce it permanently – not just for Lent”. On reflection I feel the same way about activities of loving service too. Being a Christian means being aware of the Holy Spirit around us all the time, as we practice the way of Jesus in community throughout the whole year.

The Gospel accounts of the devil tempting Jesus in the wilderness were certainly dramatic, powerful and full of action, but sometimes we forget that this happened after 40 days of fasting.   So my question is this – where in the season of Lent is there time and space for nothingness? For silence? For solitude? For stillness? For winter?

Winter is a bleak season, but it is also beautiful, and necessary. It is a prerequisite for spring, and can’t be rushed. The hard winter frosts break up the soil and create the conditions for new life. In winter the Holy Spirit stirs under the ground. This Lent, could you consider that the most life-giving thing you could do is nothing?

Just be still in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

What does that look like for you?
Chad – Children & Youth Missioner (Diocese of Peterborough)

2019: events, training, residentials

Sign up to our Mailing for regular monthly updates on all things Youth & Children.

Here’s a couple of highlights not to be missed…

fire church 30th march 2019 flier

Sign up your group for FREE here

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Gen2 Conference. 29th June 2019.

Kings Park, Northampton NN3 6LL 9.30am-1pm (followed by networking over (bring-your-own) lunch until 2pm)

For everyone involved in Children’s, Youth, Family & Inter-generational Ministry

Bringing together practitioners and thinkers to share current ideas and inspiring ways of being.

With plenty of helpful and practical tips, plus space to worship, be refreshed and network.

Bring your whole team. FREE. Booking opens on Eventbrite on March 1st

Speakers booked so far include Bishop Donald, Jason Royce, Anna Hawken… more to come!

Contact for more details



Its that time of year when we’re all thinking longingly about the Summer! Here’s a quick guide to some of the options for residentials for your youth group in 2019. Make this year memorable, meaningful and potentially life-changing for your young people…


And don’t forget there are some funding streams out there to help you…

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There are various pots of money to help you in your ministry with Children & Young People, or to help individual young people or projects.

The 450 Fund is available to support young people attending camps, pilgrimages or houseparties. The Beadon Young People’s Award supports young people aged 18-25yrs to work with a Christian project in their community, or with a Christian charity in the UK or overseas.

Contact for more information.

Youth Evangelism Fund  is a funding pot specifically to resource young people in sharing their faith.
The Burns Price Foundation funds adult-supervised projects that are for the public benefit and have a community-enhancing purpose.

Exciting Opportunity for Young Leaders in 2019


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If you are between the ages of 14-18, the weekend is a chance for you to gather together with other people your age at the Frontier Centre in Irthlingborough. The purpose of the weekend is to give you a reflective space to discern how God can use you to lead others in the different contexts that you are in. It’s our desire that you will leave feeling inspired and ready to step up and be a leader where you see the need for leadership. Leadership has less to do with age and more to do with vision.


In between teaching sessions, we will be taking part in many of the Frontier Centre’s plethora of outdoor activities, swapping stories and eating around the campfire, as well as having plenty of time to let off steam and make friendships with those around us.

There are a limited number of spaces so please fill out the application form below



Culture 2018

When working with children and young people, it can be really helpful to have an understanding of the culture that the young people are growing up in. Understanding the context which informs their behaviours, ideas and attitudes can help us to build bridges and find ways to communicate more effectively.

Though no report is a substitute for a conversation with a young person, these documents may give you some helpful background and a starting point.DSC_3445

Here are some links to wider reading on contemporary culture for children and young people. These include various Reports commissioned by the government and other agencies.

The Children’s Society Good Childhood Report

Anything from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner

Children and the Media

Children and Mental Health

Children and Social Networks

Childhood Poverty

Children and statistics

National Children’s Bureau

Girl Guiding Report

Lots to keep us inspired, encouraged and resourced for our ministry with children and young people…

Our all-new regular monthly Gen2 Mailing for Children, Youth and Families Ministry is due out next week! It will be fully GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliant and hopefully will be eye- catching and full of bite-sized, seasonal, useful updates, events, articles and resources to support your ministry.

Sign up for the new mailing list HERE 

We don’t want you to miss out!

In the meantime here is a mix of ideas, news and resources for you to scan down and see if anything catches your eye:

RESOURCES RESOURCES RESOURCES!!! We’ve had a bit of a sort out at Bouverie Court and we’ve got all sorts of useful resources to for use in parishes. Pop in and have a browse or have a look at the loose inventory of items at the bottom of the Resources page: here.

Before and After!!








Youth Ministry Training logoOver 60 Youth Ministers and volunteers have attended our first two Youth Ministry Training sessions in 2018! The Gen2 Team have been working with local Youth Work Charity ‘Souster Youth’, based in Thrapston, to deliver Youth Ministry Training every month. Dinner is included in the price. Check out the Souster Youth Website for details and booking info or email if you have any questions.

Links/useful resources/current thinking

The Going4Growth website has a really helpful list of Bereavement and Trauma resources that are worth familiarising yourself with so that in the event of a death or tragedy you know where to turn for helpful articles, resources and websites.

Chad has just produced an Event Management Guide for HOPE Revolution that provides a really useful framework for anyone that is organising Church/Youth Ministry events (at the bottom of the link)

The Lily Jo Project is a great online resource offering support around mental health, anxiety & depression, eating disorders and self harm.

 God & the Big Bang  God & the Big Bang is a team of world class scientists who facilitate apologetics events, looking at how faith and science can live side by side.

We are Family: a great research resource from the Methodist Church, now available as a pdf here

In the last few months Stormzy, Bieber and Snoop have all been producing music with clear Christian lyrics and themes. As you can imagine, the reviews in the media have been mixed, but (whether you are a fan or not) it is worth being aware…

As always – get in touch with the Gen2 Team any time by email, social media or phone, for support in your ministry to children, young people, young adults and families.



Spring and Summer opportunities, events, training and support for Children’s, Families and Youth ministries in Peterborough Diocese


With Easter coming up soon, there are lots of resources, ideas and creative ways to share the Easter story with families and young people.

Subscribe to our own Star Mailing for Children’s workers, or our Gen2 youth mailing  (both of which are being updated and made fully GDPR compliant – full details available soon). If you are already on the lists you will be contacted, if you would like to join, email either or

Plus there are two National mailing lists for Children’s and Youth Ministry with all sorts of ideas, resources, research, current national thinking and good practice.

Child in the Midst is for those involved with children’s ministry

Word on the Street is for those involved with youth ministry

There is also a regularly updated and really useful national CofE Children’s and Youth website chock full of resources: Going for Growth

Youth Ministry Training logoThe new training course for youth leaders  Youth Ministry Training  in partnership with Souster Youth and Youthscape is continuing monthly on Monday evenings. After a great start in February with 50 leaders joining us for a night of eating and learning together (each session will have 3 great TED talks, covering theory of youth work, practical skills and personal spiritual development, plus space to interact, discuss and socialise together), we will be back on 12th March. There are very limited spaces for upcoming sessions, so sign up quickly before they all go!

Coming up in March and April we have 3 Fire Church events in South Northants (18th March 5pm Deanshanger), Daventry (the snow-postponed rescheduled date to 15th April at Weedon Bec at 5pm)  and Wellingborough (22nd April at 6.30pm at Earls Barton) all are welcome to these informal, local gatherings of young people around a fire to share in fun, fellowship, worship and food.

Image result for ceycOn 21st April it is the annual CEYC (Church of England Youth Council) open event for all Anglican young people this year in Derby. More details HERE

If you are aged between 14 and 25 and would like to go but have no way of getting there, let us know, to see if we can organise lifts. It would be great to see some representatives from Peterborough Diocese, to support Shakeel, one of our interns and this year’s CEYC Chair (6th from the left, back row in the website cover photo  and above!)

An advance notice – much more to come soon. We are hosting our annual Children’s Work Conference on 16th July :Starburst. With keynote speeches from Bishop Donald and National Children’s and Youth Advisor Mary Hawes and lots of really useful and inspiring workshops, sign up a group from your church today. Contact to receive a booking form.

And finally for now, both of our Inspire Young Leader Training streams have recently met and had really good times together (check out some great photos from recent events on this website). The older group had a brilliant weekend away in Jan and the Junior Inspire group had fun at Bounce Corby in half term as well as learning and supporting each other. Our next confirmed Inspire event is going to be for the Junior group at Spree, a fantastic annual event at the Frontier Centre hosted by Urban Saints. Find out more HERE  and watch out for details on how to book. We plan to take the Inspire group for a taster on the Saturday of the weekend on 7th July.


Wishing you all the very best for an exciting and fruitful 2018!

Happy New Year!

We hope that 2018 is a great year for you, working with young people and we pray for you as you walk alongside them in their journey with Jesus.

Here are just a few things on the horizon that we would like to draw your attention to:

Inspire Young Leader’s Weekend Away 26th -28th January 2018Inspire Wkend 2018 flyer

There are still some last minute spaces on our Young leaders’ training weekend. The weekend includes sessions on leadership, covenant and commitment. Alongside outdoor activities and plenty of opportunities for young leaders to meet and get to know one and other. This weekend is for young people aged 14-18, who show signs of leadership in any form. To find out more information or to quickly book in please contact Inspire co-ordinator Imogen Allen at 07960 243254

General SynodDo you know any older young people who might like to join us for a day out in London observing General Synod on 10th February 2018? Are they interested in seeing how the CofE works from the inside, in the impressive setting of Church House in Westminster? Get in touch if so.


Junior Inspire 12th February 2018Junior Inspire Corby

Young leaders aged 10-13 are invited to come and develop their leadership, meet other young people and of course have lots of fun. The day will start and end at St. John’s Church in Corby and include a trip to Planet Bounce! We encourage you to send any young people who show leadership potential or are already taking on responsibilities in your Church.

For more information and to book in please contact Inspire co-ordinator Imogen Allen at 07960 243254

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Sacred Space 7pm 25th February 2018 Holy Sepulchre Church, Northampton

Contemplative worship inspired by Taize. Aimed at young people, but all are welcome.
This evening will be a chance to enter into a beautiful space, tap into your creativity and sense of the sacred and find refreshment. There will be silence, music, creativity and stillness.
A time away from the pressures of the world, where you can be truly you and meet with God who loves you just as you are. Contact Becky for more information or to get involved.

MHFA-Logo NAYC are offering this great opportunity, especially for affiliated groups:

Youth Mental Heath First Aid Lite Course 27 February 2018, 6.30-9.30pm

King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton Affiliated Group rate ONLY £15 per person. Non-affiliated rate £75 per person.

An introductory session to raise awareness of young people’s mental health.

You will get an MHFA manual to keep and a certificate to say you are Youth MHFA Aware.

Trainer: Kate Houghton – qualified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor, with experience working in the area of mental health and wellbeing, previously for the NHS, now delivering wellbeing and life skills workshops in schools.

Only 25 places available: book HERE

We have two Bishop’s Bible Days this year, Saturday 24 February 2018 Peterborough Cathedral

And Saturday 3 March 2018 Northampton High School, Hardingstone, NN4 6UU

It would be great to see a good number of youth specialists joining us at whichever location/date is most convenient for you. This year’s theme is St Paul. The day will be packed with workshops on all sorts of subjects (including ours – “Would Paul be on Facebook? Chad versus Becky; a debate!) and a keynote address from the Bishop. Contact Sally to book in