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Children’s and Youth Work

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 and young people 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.

  • Children's work-+

    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 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

    Support in starting and developing this 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 rachel_harper12@yahoo.co.uk

    Open the Book

    This 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. Call Di Barker on 01359 241045 or contact her by email dibarker@keme.co.uk.

  • Youth Work-+

    Starting a work with young people

    A number of parishes are considering employing a youth worker and we can offer advice and links to a range resources that may help you in your prayers and planning. In the first instance contact the Revd Canon Dave Gardner, Director of Mission and Ministry, and watch this space for future links.

    Youth Workers

    The diocese provides a forum for paid youth workers to support them and offer development opportunities. A brief description provides an introduction to their work.

    Andy Williams at St John’s Church, Woodbridge

    What happens? Revival youth run regular events.  This includes a youth service called “Vision” at 7:00pm on the second Sunday of each month, which is often attended by young people from other churches, cell groups for discipleship on Sunday mornings and a Friday night youth club called “Rock Solid”.  We also have socials, weekends away and visit Soul Survivor.

    Email: info@revivalwoodbridge.org.uk

    Alison Burgess - Southgate Church, Bury St. Edmunds

    What happens? Toddler group, Wednesday afterschool club, Thursday night youth club, once a month Tuesday night youth club, Monday evening Christian youth groups, trips out.

    Email: Alisonburgess2003@yahoo.co.uk

    Canon Sarah du Boulay - All Saints Church, Kesgrave

    What happens? Junior and senior youth clubs, part of Kesgrave Youth Forum, Wednesday house group for 6th Form students, Schools work, Friday afterschool cub, morning youth service every 2nd Sunday of each month, visit Soul Survivor, trips out.

    Email: youthworker@askesgrave.org.uk

    Jo Dixon - St Andrews, Rushmere

    Part-time youth worker at St Andrew’s Rushmere where she runs StAR Club. StAR Club meets 6.30-8pm in the church hall​, attached to St Andrews Church, the street, in old Rushmere village.

    Contact: jo.d@btinternet.com

    Harry Morgan - St Matthews, Ipswich

    My name is Harry Morgan I'm working in St Matthews 11-16s and CYM Ipswich while Studying Theology at Ridley Hall. I have the pleasure of facilitating the Sunday youth clubs at St Matthews, one a morning youth service and the other our evening youth club, while in the week working in Schools and colleges across the town running Christian Unions and supporting chaplaincy.

    Email: harry.joseph.morgan@hotmail.co.uk

  • Academy Chaplaincy at Felixstowe Academy-+

    Josh Hunt and Lynne Bailie are chaplains at Felixstowe Academy; supporting staff and students, exploring faith, and building community.

    This innovative project, rated "excellent" by Ofsted (June 2015), connects with over 1,200 high school students, 150 staff, and over 250 primary school children. The project is financed entirely by Boost, an ecumenical charity supported by a number of churches and denominations across Felixstowe.

    You can find out more about this project, and other services and events provided by Boost here: www.boostfelixstowe.org.uk

  • University of Suffolk and Suffolk New College Chaplaincy-+

    Hi from the chaplaincy at the University of Suffolk and Suffolk New College!

    The diocese provides 2 part time chaplains - myself and Revd Tom Rout, Lead Chaplain.

    We are part of a multi faith chaplaincy team and are here for all staff and students; those who belong to a particular faith as well as those who do not.

    Our role is to accompany staff and students on their individual journey and help where we can.  That may be by listening, helping with practical matters or by exploring the big questions of life, death and the universe!

    For further information please fell free to get in touch - tracey.allen@uos.ac.uk or 01473 338403

    With every blessing,

    Tracey Allen

    Lay Chaplain and Coordinator

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