Being part of something a bit bigger, but not too huge or far to travel to, can be a big encouragement to young people. If there are only a small number of teens at your church they can feel isolated and it’s harder to keep going in their faith.
So we have been experimenting with getting people together in local areas to have fun, meet other young Christians, worship together, eat together and share their traditions, experience and gifts and skills.
We have held gatherings in Northampton, Wellingborough, Daventry and South Northants, and support well-established gatherings such as those in Oundle and Peterborough.
We have a vision to enable growth and increase depth at your Parish level by challenging your young people in their youth groups, (or if there is no group to form one specially, or join forces with a neighbouring church) to contribute to the gathering in a meaningful way. That might be as hosts, or playing music, or it could be preparing a drama, or prayer activities or stations, running an icebreaker game or a confession activity. We want each young person and each church group, however big or small to feel that they have ownership and control over these gatherings. They are designed to be for young people, led by young people.
We also run regular Fire Church events – literally gathered around a fire outdoors, hosted by different groups each time to share food, fun, chat, stories, music, poetry, games and of course toasting marshmallows. Informal, open and a great way to make new friends, build community, worship God and be encouraged by others.
We held a large-scale Fire Church event at Peterborough Cathedral in March 2019.
We have also held regular Sacred Space services, inspired by Taize, held in the beautiful Holy Sepulchre church in Northampton, designed to offer peace, well-being, and quiet creative reflection.
If you’d like to know more about your local gathering or would love to see one set up in your area, just get in touch with Becky in Northampton Archdeaconry firstname.lastname@example.org or Chad in Oakham Archdeaconry email@example.com
Learning Communities and Leader Gatherings
We gather together regularly with practitioners and volunteers who work in children’s and youth ministry. We hope that this gives encouragement and support, and a chance to learn from each other.
We are launching the new school year with a selection of get-togethers of Children’s and Youth ministry practitioners in order to:
-Introduce new workers / curates / interns/Champions etc
– Key networking opportunity
– Engage Clergy
– Advertise events and training
– Share and pray together
– Partnership with local people/projects
The meetings dates will be added here as they are formed:
10th Sept – Rushden (9:30-11:00am). Host: Rosie Benn
10th Sept – Northampton (11:00-12pm). Host: Jodie Prescott
12th Sept – Corby (9:30-11:00am). Host: Faye Harris
13th Sept – Peterborough (9:30-11:00am). Host: Matt Wild
TBC – South Northants
TBC – Wellingborough
11th Sept – Corby (12:30-2:00pm). Host: Louise Willis
TBC Sept – Northampton (12:30-2:00pm). Host: Becky Wills
TBC – Peterborough