Training Events for Youth Ministry
Here's the latest training information from our Deanery Youth Champion, Beks Korniej.
Contact Beks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mobile:07767 695166
Training, Retreats, Celebrations & Resources
Thank you so much for all you’re doing to help and encourage young people across the Colchester area. I do hope everything is going well with your ministry. It’s fabulous to hear about the fun and creative ways the youth and schools workers across the area are encouraging and equipping young people to grow in life, faith and discipleship. I particular love seeing and hearing about the amazing things young people can do when given responsibility and the opportunity to lead and share about their relationship with God.
I’d like to encourage you through 2019 to aim to include opportunities within your ministry and that of your church to listen to young people and give them mission and ministry responsibilities. Jesus was only 12 years old when he went into the temple and stunned the priests and teachers with his wisdom and understanding. Of course being Jesus his DNA gave him an advantage to our 12 year olds. Never the less those priests and teachers set a great example by listening to him and they learnt from him as he shared about his Father. I know from personal experience that we too can learn much from young people when we listen and they’re given space to share about their relationships and knowledge of both their earthly family and their heavenly Father.
We’ve just had the winter JOY youth event. Joy is an opportunity for young people from across the Colchester area to join together for a mixture of lively activities, creative fun, reflection, teaching, discussion and worship. Over 50 young people joined in the event. Watch out for the date for the next JOY on the Colchester yuuuuuuf workers facebook group. If you or any of your young people would like to be on the planning team please do let Dot our Diocese Youth Advisor know. Dot’s email is.
Young people are often concerned about social justice issues both internationally and locally. Are your church going to be members of Colchester Citizen’s Alliance?
Whether your church is joining or knows little about Colchester Citizens Alliance you’re invited to come along, bring your group and church leaders to the Founding Assembly at St Botolph’s Church on Monday 4th March 7.30pm-9.00pm – door open at 7pm
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Great worship, inspiring stories from the world of schools and colleges and special guest Rachel Gardner from Youthscape.
Rachel is the founder of Romance Academy, a sex and relationships project which featured in the three part TV series, ‘No Sex Please, we’re Teenagers’ broadcast way back in 2005. A youth leader at her local church, Rachel now works with Youthscape where she leads their work on young people and relationships, is president of Girls’ Brigade England & Wales, a trustee of the adoption charity Home for Good, and author of The Girl Deconstruction Project.
Soul Survivor Leaders’ Day
Saturday 4th May from 10am to 4pm Soul
Survivor will be hosting a gathering of church leaders, youth leaders
and young leaders to explore how we can grow church on family principles
and raise up sons and daughters. Everyone is welcome to come along.
To sign up follow this link
Training & Retreat Days organised by Chelmsford Diocese Youth Advisers:
Unconscious Bias Training for Youth Workers - Thursday 28th February
Daytime Stream: 1-3pm, Evening Stream: 7-9pm at the Chelmsford Diocesan Office
and Pastoring LGBT* Teens -
Tuesday 18th June
Go to for more information and to book your place.
Summer Festivals are a great opportunity to spend quality time with your youth group. They also provide lots of volunteering opportunities particularly for older teens. There are loads to choose from including:
6th July 2019
For more information go to:
12-14th July 2019
At Stubbers Adventure Centre
Summer 2019 – Several churches from across the Colchester Area are planning to take young people to Week B at Peterborough show ground 17th – 21st August 2019. For more information about Soul Survivor check out If you’d like to join in with a group that’s already going from this area please email Matt Williamson at .
On Line Resources
Premier Youth and Children’s Work
All Age Service Plans - Discussion Starters - Reflective Activities & much more
For Assemblies and loads of other great ideas and useful links
The Church of England Deanery of Colchester is part of the Colchester Episcopal Area of the Diocese of Chelmsford.
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