Clergy Kids Support

goldfish bowlIt can be tough being a young person who’s parent is in Church Leadership, and as the Youth Mission Team we want to offer support to help make that a little easier.

This is a new project so we are open to ideas – we’re looking to having some days/evenings out to get together young people in the same boat, just to “be” and have fun…

Watch this space…

At Greenbelt Festival this year, we hosted a Discussion in the Jesus Arms called CHILD OF THE MANSE. It was attended by ministers’ kids of all ages and ministers themselves, thinking about how their vocation affects their children. It was enlightening and by turns painful and hopeful, as people honestly shared their sometimes difficult experiences alongside the many positives of growing up in a Vicarage. There was advice and ideas for those with young children or entering adolescence as to how to make it as positive as possible.

Good communication was felt to be key – keeping on talking and sharing as a family, and being open and honest when it’s tough. It was felt that neutral outside support would have been helpful for some and was welcomed by those who are entering that phase.

So, in Peterborough Diocese, we are hosting our first event – Lasermaze in Wellingborough, followed by a meal, with adult help from a Youth Missioner and crucially adult clergy kids, willing to be mentors and friends to those younger than themselves. Date and times tbc. Get in touch with Becky on becky.wills@peterborough-diocese.org.uk to find out more and book in to join us.

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