Training and Events

Training is one of the key things that we do to help the church to engage to its full potential with the young people around her. We offer central training that churches can send people along to, as well as offering bespoke training to parishes or groups of parishes at times and locations to suit you! We also facilitate and run a variety of events, both for youth leaders and for our young people. These range from large Diocesan events, such as our overnight Abbey event for young people, through to more intimate and reflective events like our Youth Leader retreats. We also promote events run by other organisations which may be of interest to youth workers.

Total Training Sessions are run by the 2:67 Project. These are training and equipping evenings for youth and children’s workers, held in St Albans – click here to download details of their 2016-17 sessions.

Core Skills Workforce Training courses, run by Pro-Action, are designed to enhance the work of volunteers, youth workers and professionals – click here for details of their Spring term training.

UK Youth run short eLearning programmes – simple, clear and easy ways to improve your work with young people.  These programmes provide an introduction to key topics, such as: ‘Action into Learning with Young People’, ‘Cyberbullying’, ‘Engaging the Hard to Engage’, ‘Group Work in a Youth Work setting’, ‘Raising Aspirations’, and ‘Understanding and Working with Difficult Behaviour’.  Click here for details on the UK Youth website.

Events for young people:

As well as the usual festivals, you can also find details of events aimed specifically at young people – click here.

Onelife Young Leaders   

For the specific development of young people we would like to encourage you to take a look at Onelife.


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April 2017

Training for work with young people – Managing Behaviour

25th April @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Youthscape, Bute Mills, 74 Bute Street
Luton, LU1 2EY United Kingdom
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Free monthly training for everyone who helps with church youth work. Real insights into young people's lives. Practical skills you can apply straight away. Support for you to grow in your confidence and faith. Organised by Youthscape, each evening takes place at Bute Mills and is suitable for those starting out in youth work as well as established volunteers. Tuesday 25 April's training for volunteers will focus on the following - Insights into young people's experiences: Managing Behaviour. Practical Skills for…

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The Core

29th April @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Forest Town Church, St Albans, Lyon Way
St Albans, AL4 0LB United Kingdom
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'The Core' is a new conference for all those involved in Youth and Children's Ministry, being held in St Albans Diocese. It will be a day for: Connecting  -  Resourcing  -  Encouraging  -  Sending. The keynote speaker is Rachel Gardner from Youthscape.  Cost is £20 (including lunch & refreshments).

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May 2017
Free - £5.00

Junior Church Boot Camp

6th May @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
St John’s Church, Chipping Barnet, Wood Street
Chipping Barnet, Herts EN5 4BW United Kingdom
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Are you new to Junior Church? Been doing it for a while and need some fresh ideas? Want to share your experience with others? Come to Junior Church Boot Camp on Saturday 6 May – we’ll look at such topics as behaviour management, storytelling, praying with children, and more. This is primarily aimed at volunteers with little or no formal training, although children’s workers, wardens, readers, and clergy are more than welcome.

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Soul Survivor Worship Conference 2017

6th May @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Soul Survivor Watford, 5-7 Greycaine Rd
Watford, WD24 7GP United Kingdom
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Every year we hold a one-day conference for any young people who would like to learn more about the heart behind worship as well as some practical skills. This practical and inspiring equipping day is aimed at anyone with a passion for worship. We’ll be looking at the Biblical values behind worship, talking through some of the practicalities of leading or being in a band, and there will be time for you to put your questions to the team. So…

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SchoolsworkUK Equipping Day – Effective Communication and the Art of Storytelling

12th May @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Youthscape, Bute Mills, 74 Bute Street
Luton, LU1 2EY United Kingdom
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This day will focus in on the art of storytelling as a skill that can be used across your work in schools. Through that, we look at how to communicate effectively and build relationships in schools. There will be many chances to get involved and develop your own skills in a storytelling workshop. We will be led by Neil Ruckman, a teacher and storyteller with 20 years of experience in this field. This new SchoolsworkUK Equipping Programme, delivered by Youthscape,…

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Free - £15.00

Baptism Matters (YAC)(MDT)

23rd May @ 9:30 am - 3:45 pm

Baptism is a great opportunity to develop your ministry with children and families. Whether you came to last year’s Baptism Matters event or not, this day will offer the opportunity to look at ways of putting the Christenings Project research into practice. With a keynote address from Bishop Michael, practical case studies from churches, and workshops from Dave Tomlinson and others, this promises to be an enriching and helpful day.

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