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

ROOTED IN THE CHURCH – Recent ReportRooted in the Church.JPG
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

As Summer draws to a close, lots of events and opportunities coming up in Peterborough Diocese

SharedService - St Peter (10)Here at the Youth Mission Team, we hope you are having a fantastic Summer, whatever you are doing. Many of you will be at Soul Survivor, Camps or Beach Missions – it would be great to see any pictures or hear how you’re getting on. Send them to us on our social media Instagram, Twitter @pborodioyouth or Facebook Peterborough Diocese Youth 

Next weekend, over the Bank Holiday, in our patch, at Boughton House just outside Kettering in the middle of our Diocese we are delighted to be hosting (for the 3rd year) Greenbelt Festival and as the local church we have been able to arrange some wonderful deals for tickets for young people, youth leaders and local church members. Follow this Link for Great Local Offers

If you’ve never been before and would like a flavour try the Sunday Morning Communion Service this year featuring the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and afterwards Bishop John will be hosting a picnic. It’s free to get in for the morning… Greenbelt 2016


Get in touch with Becky directly on becky.wills@peterborough-diocese.org.uk There will be opportunities to meet up as a Diocese, as Young Leaders, as Youth groups and also for Clergy and Church Leaders’ Kids to get together with us on site over the weekend, in the beautiful surroundings at Boughton House.


We have some Re:Charge Youth Leader events coming up and are in the process of booking more. Let us know if this is something you would like in your area. The sessions are either simply networking youth leaders and helpers together informally, or providing workshops led by youth work specialists with years of experience, or hosting a guest speaker with something to share or teach us about youth ministry practice or theory.


The next Re:Charge is in Rutland. For more details  contact Chad on chad.chadwick@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

There are also some Area/Deanery Youth Gatherings coming up soon in Northampton Archdeaconry…



Contact Becky if you’d like to join in any of these events, either taking part or attending. Food will be provided so an idea of numbers would be very useful. All local churches welcome. Come as a group from your church or as individuals if you are one of only a few young people at your church. This is your chance to meet and get to know other young Christians in your area.

There is an exciting new Training Day coming up for Junior Young Leaders J Inspire flier 5th Nov

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Exciting News! The date for our next Online Worship Gathering has been confirmed – 30th Oct 7.30pm on Twitter @pborodioyouth ‪#‎OWGYouth (stands for Online Worship Gathering) Wherever you are, join us for fun, deep stuff & togetherness…
Do you or your group need help to join us? Just get in touch and ask any questions, or we can come out and help you set it up. Or alternatively, ask a young person!




And there will be lots more things to join in with coming your way!

Keep in touch, let us know how we can help you to work with young people to grow together in deepening Faith, building Community and making a difference to those around us.