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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February 2017

Core Conference Overnight Retreat

27th February @ 3:00 pm - 28th February @ 12:00 pm
Felden Lodge, Felden Lane
Hemel Hempstead, HP3 0BL United Kingdom
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An overnight retreat for paid Youth & Children's Workers - taking time to eat, share, think, rest, imagine, pray and plan. £68 - includes overnight en suite accommodation, 2 meals and all retreat resources.

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Training for work with young people – Young People’s Relationships

28th February @ 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 28 February's training for volunteers will focus on the following - Insights into young people's experiences: Young People's Relationships. Practical…

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March 2017

Onelife Oneday

11th March @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
HTB Brompton Road, Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge,
London , SW7 1JA United Kingdom
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Connecting and equipping young leaders on our regional UK tour! A day to unpack the biblical call to Godly leadership with practical teaching around leadership impact. Exclusive interviews from established leaders. A chance to connect with others from the same region. Fuelling our vision to connect and equip young people and students to become exceptional leaders in every sphere of society. Cost £10 if booked online in advance, or £15 on the door.

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Getting Started with Children (YAC)(MDT)

15th March @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
St Andrew’s Church Biggleswade, Shortmead Street
Biggleswade, SG18 0AT United Kingdom
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Somewhere around 70% of the churches in St Albans Diocese have contact with few or no children. If this doesn’t change, we face extinction. But what can you do if you’re not sure how to begin? What if you’re terrified of children?  What if there are no schools in your parish? Margaret Pritchard Houston, Children’s Mission Enabler for the Diocese, will look at practical, personal, and cultural barriers that many churches face in engaging with children, and help you come…

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Leadership Development Day – Innovation in Youth Ministry

17th March @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Diocesan House Westminster, 36 Causton Street
London, SW1P 4AU United Kingdom
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If youth ministry is going to continue to engage with a rapidly-changing culture then we’ve got to embrace creative innovation like never before. National youth organisation Youthscape has re-shaped its whole approach around a five-stage innovation process, and in this seminar Martin Saunders and Phoebe Hill explain both how it works, and how it can be applied on any scale. If you’d love to get more creative, develop new youth ministry resources or programmes or crack some of the problems…

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Training for work with young people – Young People’s Cultural World

21st March @ 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 21 March's training for volunteers will focus on the following - Insights into young people's experiences: Young People's Cultural World. Practical…

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