Nearly 1000 people in our diocese have indicated that they are involved in working with children and young people in our parishes and we are seeking to develop more support and resources for this growing and vital ministry.
Nearly 1000 people in our diocese have indicated that they are involved in working with children in our parishes and we are seeking to develop more support and resources for this growing and vital ministry.
General Synod recently noted in the evangelism task group report their recommendations that:
- parishes and deaneries employ children’s and youth workers.
- deaneries should be encouraged to develop mission action plans for work with children and young people.
- dioceses to prioritise evangelism and witness with younger people.
Our Growing Younger Task Group provides a forum to consider the implications of these recommendations alongside the areas identified in Growing in God report. Your views are most welcome.
Helen Woodroffe is the Diocesan Children’s Officer and Cathedral Education Officer.
She is available to parishes to offer support in developing work with 0-11 and in particular oversees:
- The Discovery Centre-+
The Discovery Centre based at St Edmundsbury Cathedral
This is a centre of excellence for children and all those who work with them, providing a range of educational and Christian services in a professional and person-centred manner. Many of the projects and resources are adaptable for parish life. Visit www.stedscathedral.co.uk
- Messy Church-+
Messy Church is a popular way of being church for families that is Christ centred based on creativity, hospitality and celebration. Visit: www.messychurch.org.uk. Rachel Harper is the regional co-ordinator for Messy Church and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Open the Book-+
Open the Book is well-established across our diocese and is a storytelling resource for primary school collective worship. The project involves teams, some old, some young, from a variety of local churches who tell simple stories from the Bible during Collective Worship. The teams visit a school regularly, once a week or once a fortnight.