Growing younger

Churches which offer programmes for children and teenagers are more likely to grow.

The Growing Younger Programme aim is to embed growing younger (0-25 year olds) in the diocese.  Such a focus will be one way of growing younger congregations so they more accurately reflect the age profile of the population.

This programme includes:

  • To embed the importance of growing disciples amongst 0-25 year olds in all diocesan activities.
  • To view everything through the lens of children and young people.
  • To create beacon areas to achieve significant growth in numbers of 0-25-year-old disciples in areas where there is a high children and young person population – largely market towns.
  • To make resources to support growth in numbers of 0-25 year old disciples accessible to anyone.
  • To provide ideas, information and support to areas or groups that seek it, to support their long-term success and development of discipleship.
  • To facilitate five youth-focused expressions of church to be developed from secondary schools. 

The Growing Younger Team is led by

Matt Levett, Youth and Young Adults Officer

Emma Allinson, Growing Younger Project Support (Early Years)

Families and young people - flourishing congregations making a difference 2021


Growing younger - Children's and Families'

We are passionate about building relationships between church congregations and families within the local community and enabling parents to be the primary discipleship-makers of their children.

Growing younger - Youth and Young People

Seeing young people thrive, helping them discover faith for themselves and finding a home in one of our churches.

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21st May 2024

Addressing issues of rural isolation for young people in Suffolk....

Youth Yard Project celebrates receiving £10k of National Lottery Funding

30th January 2024

St Edmundsbury Cathedral project supported the next 12 months...

All Saints Church, Ipswich use their grant to reinvent their Toddler Group

31st July 2023

The toddler group goes ahead with a revival thanks to the £500 grant....
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