Is Summer here?! Lots to keep us inspired, encouraged and resourced for our ministry with children and young people, whatever the weather…

We are working hard on two all-new regular monthly Gen2 Mailings; one for Children and one for Youth. Both will be fully GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliant and which hopefully will be eye- catching and full of bite-sized, seasonal, useful updates, events, articles and resources to support your ministry.

We will be providing a link here and sending out an email to our current mailing lists very soon with instructions on how to sign up for the new mailing list. Please look out for it, as we don’t want you to miss out!

In the meantime here is a mix of ideas, news and resources for you to scan down and see if anything catches your eye:

STARBURST Children and Inter-generational Church Conference 2018 – new date 16th June 2018 (changed due to the Royal Wedding in May!).

Starburst 2018

Please ensure your children’s work teams and in particular any young leaders (aged 10+) who are involved in children’s work are aware of the new date for this year’s Starburst Children’s work conference. With Bishop Donald, Mary Hawes (National Youth and Children’s Advisor) and others including experts on Additional Needs,Intergenerational church and Faith in the Family – there should be plenty for youth specialists too.

Bookings are being taken now – email


Youth Ministry Training logoOver 60 Youth Ministers and volunteers have attended our first two Youth Ministry Training sessions in 2018! The Gen2 Team have been working with local Youth Work Charity ‘Souster Youth’, based in Thrapston, to deliver Youth Ministry Training every month. Dinner is included in the price. Check out the Souster Youth Website for details and booking info or email if you have any questions.


Mark Scandrette (author of Practicing the Way of Jesus) is the special guest speaker for a Young Adults retreat in Peterborough, organised by the Salvation Army, but open to all on 4th-6th May Incredible value for an internationally renowned speaker. Buy tickets here

9 beats retreat


Job Opportunities

An opportunity at Whitefriars Church (Rushden) for a Youth Minister; details here 

St Giles Northampton are also recruiting. They are looking for a Senior Youth and Children’s Pastor. Full details here


Local Fire Church Youth Gatherings

3rd June South Northants area Fire Church event at Helmdon church 5pm

1st July Wellingborough Fire Church at Overstone church at 6.30pm

15th July Northampton Area Celebrate Fire Church at St Mary’s Far Cotton, Northampton at 6.30pm

All welcome!

Links/useful resources/current thinking

The Going4Growth website has a really helpful list of Bereavement and Trauma resources that are worth familiarising yourself with so that in the event of a death or tragedy you know where to turn for helpful articles, resources and websites.

Chad has just produced an Event Management Guide for HOPE Revolution that provides a really useful framework for anyone that is organising Church/Youth Ministry events (at the bottom of the link)

Have you seen this brilliant new activity at Rutland Water? It could be a very memorable trip for your youth group!

The Lily Jo Project is a great online resource offering support around mental health, anxiety & depression, eating disorders and self harm.

 God & the Big Bang  God & the Big Bang is a team of world class scientists who facilitate apologetics events, looking at how faith and science can live side by side.

We are Family: a great research resource from the Methodist Church, now available as a pdf here

In the last few months Stormzy, Bieber and Snoop have all been producing music with clear Christian lyrics and themes. As you can imagine, the reviews in the media have been mixed, but (whether you are a fan or not) it is worth being aware…

As always – get in touch with the Gen2 Team any time by email, social media or phone, for support in your ministry to children, young people, young adults and families.




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s