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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.

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    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.

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    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 congregation run regular church evening services on the second Sunday of each month, cell groups, Friday night youth club, socials, visit Soul Survivor, weekends away.


    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.

    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.

    Phil Bailie – St John’s Church and St Andrews Church, Ipswich

    What happens? Friday night youth club at St John’s every week has combined with ‘Zone’ at Caudwell Hall Baptist Church. Thursday night youth club at St Andrews. Stay:In – Midweek home group. Sunday mornings Christian youth group, and Sunday evenings youth meeting/chill out space.

    Craig Hutton - The Porch Project, St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh

    What happens? – Tuesday and Friday night youth club, sports projects, schools work, Sunday Christian focus groups, weekends away, trips out.

    Lindsay Blankley – St Luke’s and St Michaels, Beccles

    What happens? ‘Open Access’ community youth club on Friday evenings, short focused courses for small groups, Parish youth cell group ‘AWEsome’ on Sunday evenings. lindsayblankley@btinternet.com

    Josh Hunt - Felixstowe Academy


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