Spring and Summer opportunities, events, training and support for Children’s, Families and Youth ministries in Peterborough Diocese


With Easter coming up soon, there are lots of resources, ideas and creative ways to share the Easter story with families and young people.

Subscribe to our own Star Mailing for Children’s workers, or our Gen2 youth mailing  (both of which are being updated and made fully GDPR compliant – full details available soon). If you are already on the lists you will be contacted, if you would like to join, email either chad.chadwick@peterborough-diocese.org.uk or becky.wills@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

Plus there are two National mailing lists for Children’s and Youth Ministry with all sorts of ideas, resources, research, current national thinking and good practice.

Child in the Midst is for those involved with children’s ministry

Word on the Street is for those involved with youth ministry

There is also a regularly updated and really useful national CofE Children’s and Youth website chock full of resources: Going for Growth

Youth Ministry Training logoThe new training course for youth leaders  Youth Ministry Training  in partnership with Souster Youth and Youthscape is continuing monthly on Monday evenings. After a great start in February with 50 leaders joining us for a night of eating and learning together (each session will have 3 great TED talks, covering theory of youth work, practical skills and personal spiritual development, plus space to interact, discuss and socialise together), we will be back on 12th March. There are very limited spaces for upcoming sessions, so sign up quickly before they all go!

Coming up in March and April we have 3 Fire Church events in South Northants (18th March 5pm Deanshanger), Daventry (the snow-postponed rescheduled date to 15th April at Weedon Bec at 5pm)  and Wellingborough (22nd April at 6.30pm at Earls Barton) all are welcome to these informal, local gatherings of young people around a fire to share in fun, fellowship, worship and food.

Image result for ceycOn 21st April it is the annual CEYC (Church of England Youth Council) open event for all Anglican young people this year in Derby. More details HERE

If you are aged between 14 and 25 and would like to go but have no way of getting there, let us know, to see if we can organise lifts. It would be great to see some representatives from Peterborough Diocese, to support Shakeel, one of our interns and this year’s CEYC Chair (6th from the left, back row in the website cover photo  and above!)

An advance notice – much more to come soon. We are hosting our annual Children’s Work Conference on 16th July :Starburst. With keynote speeches from Bishop Donald and National Children’s and Youth Advisor Mary Hawes and lots of really useful and inspiring workshops, sign up a group from your church today. Contact sally.crossley@peterborough-diocese.org.uk to receive a booking form.

And finally for now, both of our Inspire Young Leader Training streams have recently met and had really good times together (check out some great photos from recent events on this website). The older group had a brilliant weekend away in Jan and the Junior Inspire group had fun at Bounce Corby in half term as well as learning and supporting each other. Our next confirmed Inspire event is going to be for the Junior group at Spree, a fantastic annual event at the Frontier Centre hosted by Urban Saints. Find out more HERE  and watch out for details on how to book. We plan to take the Inspire group for a taster on the Saturday of the weekend on 7th July.



Wishing you all the very best for an exciting and fruitful 2018!

Happy New Year!

We hope that 2018 is a great year for you, working with young people and we pray for you as you walk alongside them in their journey with Jesus.

Here are just a few things on the horizon that we would like to draw your attention to:

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There are still some last minute spaces on our Young leaders’ training weekend. The weekend includes sessions on leadership, covenant and commitment. Alongside outdoor activities and plenty of opportunities for young leaders to meet and get to know one and other. This weekend is for young people aged 14-18, who show signs of leadership in any form. To find out more information or to quickly book in please contact Inspire co-ordinator Imogen Allen at imogeniallen@googlemail.com 07960 243254

General SynodDo you know any older young people who might like to join us for a day out in London observing General Synod on 10th February 2018? Are they interested in seeing how the CofE works from the inside, in the impressive setting of Church House in Westminster? Get in touch if so.


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Young leaders aged 10-13 are invited to come and develop their leadership, meet other young people and of course have lots of fun. The day will start and end at St. John’s Church in Corby and include a trip to Planet Bounce! We encourage you to send any young people who show leadership potential or are already taking on responsibilities in your Church.

For more information and to book in please contact Inspire co-ordinator Imogen Allen at imogeniallen@googlemail.com 07960 243254

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Sacred Space 7pm 25th February 2018 Holy Sepulchre Church, Northampton

Contemplative worship inspired by Taize. Aimed at young people, but all are welcome.
This evening will be a chance to enter into a beautiful space, tap into your creativity and sense of the sacred and find refreshment. There will be silence, music, creativity and stillness.
A time away from the pressures of the world, where you can be truly you and meet with God who loves you just as you are. https://www.facebook.com/events/1591324304262442/ Contact Becky for more information or to get involved.

MHFA-Logo NAYC are offering this great opportunity, especially for affiliated groups:

Youth Mental Heath First Aid Lite Course 27 February 2018, 6.30-9.30pm

King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton Affiliated Group rate ONLY £15 per person. Non-affiliated rate £75 per person.

An introductory session to raise awareness of young people’s mental health.

You will get an MHFA manual to keep and a certificate to say you are Youth MHFA Aware.

Trainer: Kate Houghton – qualified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor, with experience working in the area of mental health and wellbeing, previously for the NHS, now delivering wellbeing and life skills workshops in schools.

Only 25 places available: book HERE

We have two Bishop’s Bible Days this year, Saturday 24 February 2018 Peterborough Cathedral

And Saturday 3 March 2018 Northampton High School, Hardingstone, NN4 6UU

It would be great to see a good number of youth specialists joining us at whichever location/date is most convenient for you. This year’s theme is St Paul. The day will be packed with workshops on all sorts of subjects (including ours – “Would Paul be on Facebook? Chad versus Becky; a debate!) and a keynote address from the Bishop. Contact Sally to book in Sally.Crossley@peterborough-diocese.org.uk


A new look and a new name but continuing support, encouragement and resourcing for your Children and Youth

Our new Gen2 Children and Youth Team is here to support parishes to be truly intergenerational. As Gen 2, Pete White, Chad Chadwick, Becky Wills and Imogen Allen will continue to support the local church to fully include children and young people in all aspects of community life. They are here to resource, support, encourage and equip the parish church so that “one generation shall praise God’s works to one another” (Psalm 145:4); generation to generation.


We believe that growth happens when all generations are engaged in being disciples of Jesus together. The Church of England’s recent report Rooted in the Church found that

where children and young people are included, not judged, treated as equal and unconditionally welcomed they will stay and be at the heart of their local church family. Find out ways to encourage your church to be truly intergenerational: Contact the Gen2 team at Bouverie Court to find out more and access their support.

A new term, new starts; continuing support and encouragement

With a new school year comes new opportunities, events, training and resources for ministry with young people.

This September also brings some changes to our structures and systems at Bouverie Court. Due to our colleague Rona Orme, the Children’s Missioner, moving on to new things, and the Director of Mission, Miles Baker, also leaving his role for a new post, there has been some rearranging of responsibilities and leadership.

Pete (Director), Chad and Becky are now a brand new team for Children and Youth. We will continue to support you in working with young people, but for now we have taken on the remit for children too. We are very excited to have a new part time team member for this year; Imogen Allen, who will be working with us for a day a week as Inspire Co-ordinator. There will also be a supporting team of volunteers with years of experience and expertise between them, that we will call on to help make sure parishes have all the support they need. Our admin support will be by Sally Crossley: sally.crossley@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

These changes have come at a time when we were already thinking about a re-brand and re-focus, and they bring our research, thoughts and recent work into a full circle.

Generation to Generation will be our new Children and Youth Team tag-line – look out for our new logo and branding to be launched this Autumn. The phrase is based on Psalm 145: One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.

rooted-in-the-churchWe are increasingly seeing that churches that embrace an intergenerational approach are experiencing deep and lasting discipleship of young people, and that a move away from “silo-ed off” youth and children’s ministries means that there is more chance of sustained and meaningful engagement with the whole church family. The CofE report “Rooted in the Church”, as well as wider research, reading, external training and thinking have informed an intergenerational approach by our team.

Greenbelt seminar 2017Over the Summer, we presented a seminar at Greenbelt Festival on this theme and we have also been working with Ely Diocese Youth and Children Team to put together The Grandparent Resource. This is in a piloting phase, and we hope to roll out the interactive, editable web resource in 2018. If you’d like more information and to see a draft of some of the content, please email becky.wills@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

We continue to support you with Young Leader training events. Our Inspire strand continues – contact Imogen for more information or to book:  imogeniallen@googlemail.com

For junior young leaders aged 10-13 there are a few places left on our next event: Flier for Junior Inspire 7th Oct 2017 for online

And for the older 14-18’s group:

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We continue to gather young people in local settings, around the Diocese, for encouragement, fun, stepping out into leadership and as a way of inspiring the local setting. To find out more about upcoming events see the Area Gatherings page or contact Becky.

Soul 2017Soul Survivor was the highlight of the Summer for many young people and it was great to see groups from our Diocese and region camping and sharing together in worship, learning and meeting Jesus. Soul Survivor’s new home at Peterborough Showground means that we are in the great position to build an exciting and close relationship with the festival. The team are returning to Peterborough on 28th Oct 2017 for a night to remind you of the Summer, to reconnect and join together again. The event is at Kingsate church at 7pm. For more details contact Chad chad.chadwick@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

And don’t forget the great training opportunity coming up on 4th Nov. Learn to Listen Day.


Summer Term Update: Events, resources, info, ideas…

There’s lots coming up for young people and their leaders, this Summer term and over the Summer.

Young Leaders

Inspire in denOur older Young Leader strand Inspire are getting together for a relaxed end of term/post-exams gathering with outdoor feast at 3.30pm on 16th July at Barnwell Country Park. The group will then go onto Oundle to join the Oundle Youth Service at St Peter’s church. All Young Leaders aged 14-18 are welcome to join us, contact peter.white@peterborough-diocese.org.uk for more details.

It was great to see some of our Junior Inspire young leaders at Starburst recently. OUr next event for the 10-13’s age group will be on 7th October 2017. More details soon.

Area Youth Gatherings

There are various local area Youth Gatherings that youth groups and individuals are invited to join in with. The next events coming soon are:

South Northants Launchpad 18th June – Towcester

Wellingborough Sparks 25th June – Earls Barton

Leicestershire borders Fire Church 2nd July – near Kelmarsh

Northampton Celebrate 9th July – Hardingstone

Daventry Fire Church 4th Nov – Braunston

For more info and invitation links/promo contact becky.wills@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

Thy Kingdom Come

Coming up at the end of May is the Archbishops’ Global Prayer Movement for all churches Thy Kingdom Come . The website has lots of resources and your church/youth group may like to do something special to join in. It would be great to hear about what you’re doing – use our social media to share. To celebrate the end of the event on 4th June – Pentecost we will be hosting a short Online Prayer Gathering at 6pm. Follow us on Twitter @pborodioyouth using #thykingdomcome to join in.


There is an exciting opportunity for young people from our Diocese to join a group going to the international worship phenomenon Taize. The group are going from 29th July to 7th Aug. Don’t miss this great opportunity! For more details contact Sue Faulkner on RevSueFaulkner@aol.com

Big Summer Festivals in our area

This Summer is going to be a very exciting one in our region, with Soul Survivor coming to the Peterborough Showground for the first time and Greenbelt at beautiful Boughton House near Kettering again.

Learn to Listen

And an advance note for your diaries, for youth and children’s leaders, a great day Conference 4th Nov 2017 poster_edited-1

Grandparents Project

And lastly – look out for a new pilot resource for Churches – The Grandparents Project, supporting churches in working across generations, young and older together. Get in touch if you’d like to be part of the pilot. We meet on July 11th at 2pm at Bouverie Court to launch – let us know if you are interested.


Opportunities, Updates & resources. Feb 2017

There are loads of exciting opportunities, updates and resources below. Be encouraged as we move from winter into springtime – we are observing dozens of small signs of new life springing up in Churches all over the Diocese.

FIRST AID TRAINING 3rd March – Last chance to bookfirt-aid

Souster Youth are also offering a 4 hour essential first aid training course for just £10! (at St John’s Ambulance Hall, Chancery Lane, Thrapston NN14 4JL). Friday 3 March 9am-1pm
To secure your place, email jason@sousteryouth.org or book online

HALF NIGHT OF PRAYER – St.Giles, Northampton 3rd March 

This event will be really inspiring, you are very welcome to join in


weedon-bec-gt-1A group of youth leaders from all over the Diocese gathered in the autumn to discuss recent research concerning girls’ self-esteem and the associated issues (body image, self-harm, mental health…). The leaders are meeting again in March to discuss how we can share our resources and tackle the issues together. If you would like to attend either of the gatherings (below) please email me and I will book you in:

Monday 6th March, 11am-1pm. Bouverie Court

Monday 20th March, 9:30am-11:00am. The Hope Centre

THE HARRY AND CHRIS SHOW Friday 10th March £10 (Concessions £8 – special youth group rates by negotiation) Kettering Arts Centre @ St Andrew’s Church

A fantastic chance to catch the legendary World Slam Poetry champion and Soul Survivor, Greenbelt, Spring Harvest favourite, Harry Baker. And he’s teamed up with rising young jazz star Chris Read for a fantastic show of music, poetry, fast talking, fun, love and laughter.

“A combination of catchy hooks and breathtaking verbal ingenuity makes this a winning hour… The quality and quantity of laughs on offer is generous and yet the show is cynicism-free, the tone unapologetically feel-good.”harry-and-chris
★★★★ Broadway Baby

“made me instantly happy.”

Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“I think he’s quite brilliant.”
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

Plus support from Gecko.

Don’t miss out – bring a group! Contact office@ketteringartscentre.com for more info and tickets or book online 

GUVNA.B – Friday 24th March (7:15-10:00pm)

guvna-bPeterborough Diocese are part of the HOPE Revolution Peterborough initiative which connects dozens of Christian Charities, organisations and Churches together. The next event is being led by Kingsgate Church (Peterborough) who will be hosting Guvna B: a multi-award winning, record-breaking rap artist from London. He became the first rapper in UK history to top the Official Christian & Gospel charts, and his most recent No. 1 release SECRET WORLD was the UK’s highest selling urban Christian album in 2015. More information and booking details will be available soon. We are anticipating over 700 people and so we need to build another great team of volunteers that can help with stewarding the event (for the last event 55 people volunteered!). If you are currently involved in youth work in your Church (and therefore already have a DBS certificate), and would like to join the team, please email Chad chad.chadwick@peterborough-diocese.org.uk and he will connect you with the volunteer team leader.


In the next few months we have various Area Youth Gatherings happening, designed to get together your groups of young people or individuals to meet with others from neighbouring churches – for encouragement and to work together on a shared project. Collaborative, interactive and fun! For more info contact Becky on becky.wills@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

12th March: Northampton Celebrate 7pm St David’s Kingsthorpe

2nd April: Daventry area first gathering: Pizza Party 5pm St Peter & St Paul Weedon Bec

30th April Wellingborough Sparks Youth Worship Gathering 6.30pm St Andrew’s Wellingborough

18th June South Northants Launchpad 7pm venue tbc

2nd July Fire Church (Northants/Leicester borders) outdoors at Midshires Covert Kelmarsh Road, Harrington NN6 9NP (accessible from junctions 2 and 3 of the A14) 7-8.30pm

 YOUTH WORKER RETREAT – 7th to 9th April

Brilliant opportunity at the Chellington Centre (Bedfordshire), see attached. Organised by a new youth work charity in East Northamptonshire – ‘Souster Youth’. The programme includes: Bible teaching, worship and time to think about your own faith. There will be optional seminars, plenty of coffee, a camp fire, countryside walks and board games too. Whether you need to recharge, find a bit of encouragement or a quiet space to read, you’ll have a chance to do it on the Youth Work Retreat. The weekend will be hosted by Jason Royce & Chad Chadwick. Cost: £30 Early bird tickets available until 28th February. Limited places! £40 Standard ticket price from 1st March. (Ticket price includes: accomodation and all your meals). Book your place online:

For more info: jason@sousteryouth.org or call 07833251231

SOUL SURVIVOR – Gathering Local Groups

We now have over 20 local youth groups that are interested in making the most of the Soul Survivor summer festivals by connecting before, during and after the events. If you would like to know more then email me and I’ll keep you in the loop as plans progress. If you are planning on taking a group for the first time and would like some support from one of the leaders that has been before then that is also possible, just drop me a line.

YELLOW APP –  Important Safeguarding Updateyellow-app

There has been a national concern raised to CEOP (child exploitation and online protection) about the app ‘Yellow’. It promotes itself as a ‘Tinder-like flirting app’ that already has millions of young users. Make yourself aware of the key issues, and be even more alert to the dangers that young people are facing.

DISRESPECT NOBODY – Consent and Sexting Campaign

The second phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 2 February until the end of March 2017. The campaign is focussed on digital and mobile first and will also run on TV aimed at young people, such as The Brit Awards and the Big Bang Theory, on radio, Spotify, cinema and online including catch up TV, X-Box, YouTube and Snapchat.  The aim of the Disrespect NoBody campaign is to prevent young people, both boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships. For 2017 the focus of the campaign will be consent and sexting, which are both issues where many young people need more education and information. The campaign advertising directs young people to the website where they can get further information and signposts them to organisations who can provide support.

 MENTAL HEALTH – Sites and Resources

More than 850,000 young people in the UK have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, and many more have wellbeing issues. It’s an area of life that we need to be aware of, so here  on the Growing for Growth website you’ll find links to sites and resources which will help raise and address these issues

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Commissioned by the CofE
Education Office, the Rooted in the Church report looks at the key reasons why young people stay connected to the Church. This short video provides Churches with a great tool to start a conversation about sustainable youth ministry.


ECHO & XPECT INTERNSHIP – Open to applications

Do you know anyone who is exploring the possibility of spending a year serving God? We are now open to applications for our ‘Xpect’ Youth Work apprenticeship and our Church Ministry Internship Schemes.

Also, for opportunities further afield, check out this linkGoing for Growth


job-description-open-door-youth-worker-revised-december-2016 A part time Christian Youth Worker job is currently being advertised to run a village youth group in Bozeat (job ad and contact details attached). Please share or get in touch if you are interested.

STARBURST Junior Young Leader Training at the Annual Children’s  Work Conference 13th May 2017

All Saints School, Northampton: the Peterborough Diocese annual children’s work conference, with a special strand for Junior Inspire Young Leaders. 10-13 year old young leaders can come along to the day, spend time together, chatting, learning, playing games etc and also attend workshops alongside the adult delegates. Get in touch for booking info.

YOUTHSCAPE – 16-19 year olds

Based on her own experience of working in a local Sixth Form College, Lahna Pottle, 16-19s Specialist at SchoolsworkUK, has created a 6 week session plan tackling 6 questions that 16-19 year olds want to talk about. The aim of this resource is to open up discussion, encourage listening, and support the students’ exploration of faith and worldviews. The key is exploring why they feel or think what they do, and explore their own influences and beliefs. Topics covered in the sessions are faith, disagreements, emotions, sexuality, university and politics. Each session takes around 60 minutes to run but they are flexible enough to adapt to different contexts and time constraints. Every session has an ice-breaker, questions for discussion, reflection including a biblical perspective, and an activity. The discussions can be used as part of a one to one session or in a group setting.

YOUTHSCAPE – Small Groups

Here is an interesting article that highlights the importance of working in small groups

We hope you can find something to inspire, resource, encourage and enable you to continue to grow and nurture your youth ministry. Keep in touch!

Happy New Year from the Youth Team. Looking forward to a great 2017 coming up: events, news and updates

There’s loads going on for young people next term, all over Peterborough Diocese. Here are some updates on what has been going on and news of exciting events coming up…

For updates directly to your inbox email Chad on chad.chadwick@peterborough-diocese.org.uk to be added to the mailing list

New youth groups and initiatives are being launched with Golden Ticket events, when churches welcome Year 7’s back for reunion parties and events, to have fun with their friends from their Primary school days, and re-connect with their local churches. It has
been great to take part in a few of them, pictures here from Great Doddington, Yardley Gobion, Four Spires Benefice, Weedon Bec…

And we are having a Golden Ticket Get Together on Tuesday 10th Jan at 2pm at Bouverie Court for anyone who has started a GT project to feedback on what they’ve learnt and experienced and for those who are interested in giving it a try to learn from the pilot schemes.

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Re:Charge gatherings of youth leaders to train, share and encourage are back up and running, the most recent sessions took place in Kettering/Corby, East Northants and Rutland. Look out for a Re:Charge event near you soon.


Area Youth Gathering Events

welly-dyg-27th-nov-16-poster-flierWe held a Wellingborough Gathering in Great Doddington in November. It was a Pizza  Party for young people connected to churches in the Wellingborough area, and we were delighted to host yp from 5 churches. We had fun together and also started planning a collaborative Worship event for in the new year. Date tbc.

In Northampton we held  our third Celebrate worship gathering on 16th October at Emmanuel Church, Weston Favell. Groups of young people from 5-7 churches in the Northampton area led elements of the service, including music, prayer activities, games and plenty of food! It was great, once again to welcome young people from all over the region to join with us in celebrating the gifts that God has given to each young person, as we Praised Him together.


South Northants recently had it’s first gathering of young people called Launchpad, to encourage one another and plan for an area youth worship gathering which happened on November 20th at St Lawrence’s Church in Towcester. It was fantastic to see young people leading worship for each other, encouraging each other in their faith.

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Our next event for older Young Leaders will be the much anticipated Inspire Weekend Away.inspire-weekend-feb17-frontinspire-weekend-feb17

We also have a day for Junior Young Leaders coming up on February 16th 2017flier-junior-inspire-16th-feb-2017-1