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Children and Young People

Sunday school, messy church, after school club, toddler group, youth group, youth café, holiday club, Lego club, youth drop in, Boy’s Brigade, Pilots, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers – these are some of the many activities our churches are involved in with children and young people.

In the coming months we will be working with a small group of people to look at ways to support and equip those who lead this important ministry in our churches. We want to build up our network so that information can be widely shared, and we can encourage one another so that those who deliver children and young people’s ministry feel valued.

As prayer is an essential part of all we do, every Monday a prayer is shared across the growing network, to be used as people choose. The weekly prayer for children and young people is already being used by a number of churches in their prayer meetings, and in wider networks. Perhaps your church would like to join these weekly prayers.

Resources are, of course, a key part of children and youth work, and our aim is to share relevant information and ideas as widely as possible. Some resources can already be found on The Resource Hub, some are shared on Facebook, and others will be passed on through our monthly information bulletins InForm and InTouch.

There are many excellent events available across the country for children and young people and we will be passing on information about four specifically – beach missions, Nefyn camps, Ribble Valley Bible School, and Church Big Day Out. If churches need some financial help with attending any event it may be possible to offer a starter grant or a mini grant.

We are also looking forward to the International Congregational Fellowship which usually holds its conference every four years. The USA has agreed to host the conference a year early in 2020, due to the importance of the year. 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the sailing from Plymouth of the Mayflower, which carried the pilgrims who founded the Congregational faith. Congregational Federation has put aside some funding to enable a number of young people to attend this significant event, and we will be promoting this further in the coming months.

For information about any of the above, please contact us - support@congregational.org.uk

Johnny and Judith
Church Support Workers