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Youth & Children’s Work Training & Events

If the children and young people in our parishes and communities are “to encounter the love and depth of the Christian faith and the person of Jesus Christ” (Going for Growth 2010) then it is vital that those who work as children’s & youth leaders in our churches, whether voluntarily or as employed workers, are trained and equipped for service.

There are a variety of courses available, from professional qualifications offered by recognised providers to local events designed for local leaders:

Core Skills Workforce Training courses, run by Pro-Action, are designed to enhance the work of volunteers, youth workers and professionals.

Onelife Young Leaders – for the specific development of young people.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission is accredited by Durham University through a partnership with Ripon College, Cuddesdon. It can be focused towards pioneer youth ministry by choosing the relevant modules. These are taught over two years. Most students complete four in the first year and two in the second. Each module is generally taught over a series of seven days in Oxford. The days run from 10.30am to 4pm to give students time to travel. There are two weekends incorporated to visit and learn from mission practice.


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September 2018

From Anxiety to Love: A Contemplative Approach to Youth Ministry

27th September @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord St
Hoddesdon, EN11 8SG United Kingdom
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Study day for Clergy, Curates, Readers and paid Youth, Children's & Families Workers.   We are delighted to welcome Mark Yaconelli to St Albans Diocese - he is a renowned author and speaker who has led workshops and retreats for churches and social justice communities across North America and the UK for the last 20 years. Teenagers make adults anxious. Adults make teenagers anxious. God makes everyone anxious. Maybe that’s why youth ministry suffers such high amounts of burnout? Based on…

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Volunteers evening with Mark Yaconelli

27th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hitchin Christian Centre, Bedford Road
Hitchin, SG5 1HF United Kingdom
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From Anxiety to Love: A Contemplative Approach to Youth Ministry.  We are delighted to welcome Mark Yaconelli to St Albans Diocese - he is a renowned author and speaker who has led workshops and retreats for churches and social justice communities across North America and the UK for the last 20 years. Teenagers make adults anxious. Adults make teenagers anxious. God makes everyone anxious. Maybe that’s why youth ministry suffers such high amounts of burnout? Based on ten years of…

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October 2018

Messy Church Worship Study morning

6th October @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Baldock, Pond Lane
Baldock, England SG7 5AS United Kingdom
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How can we make worship in Messy Church accessible without dumbing down? How can we engage parents, grandparents, and people of all ages, as well as young children? How can we connect Messy Church worship to art and games in ways that enhance the experience and help us explore the stories and experience of worship together? This morning will focus specifically on Messy Church, but there will be principles that people doing any kind of All-Age Worship may find useful.…

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ThinkTwice course

11th October @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Holywell Lodge, 41 Holywell Hill
St Albans, Herts AL1 1HE United Kingdom
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Led by ThinkTwice, this one day course covers the fundamentals of mental health, depression, anxiety, psychosis and eating disorders, with space for understand the experience of these illnesses as well as advice on how to help sufferers and their families. The training is interactive, with a chance to reflect theologically on the issues alongside practical advice on how to best support those with mental health issues. The day is suitable for youth workers, pastors, pastoral carers and those with a…

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Anxiety in Adolescence

16th October @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Youthscape, Bute Mills, 74 Bute Street
Luton, LU1 2EY United Kingdom
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In a culture with higher pressures to succeed, 24/7 online presence, global instability and a constant bad news cycle, young people are increasingly struggling to know how to cope. Anxiety in Adolescence is a 3-hour course run by Youthscape, that not only highlights the pressures that young people are facing today, but also key methods of support, including school-wide/organisation-wide and individual approaches, free downloadable resources and the skills to identify the signs of anxiety disorders. The course also covers the area…

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Continuing the amazing journey: families and faith after Baptism

17th October @ 2:00 pm - 18th October @ 2:00 pm
The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
Alfreton, DE55 1AU United Kingdom
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Building on national research, this 24 hour residential conference will help churches encourage families on a journey of discipleship and faith. Topics will include: Relationships with schools and toddler groups Telling the story and saying prayers at home Families, children and church Keeping in touch Understanding a new generation. With a mixture of plenary input and space to share good ideas and practice, the conference will help all who meet families and young children, whether through baptism, toddler group or…

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