'But you, keep
your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an
evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.'
2 Timothy 4:5
Thank you if you
have been praying for me for the past few months. As you know I
stepped down as youth & children's coordinator last July, as I
was unable to give the role the time it deserved. Currently the
elder's are thinking and praying about my replacement. In the
meantime I have agreed with the elders to continue to carry out some
of the role and I am always available to talk to anyone over any
youth or children's issue.
conference - March 13th 2004
This year the
Partnership conference in Bury St Edmunds on March 13th is given over
to youth and children's leadership training. This is being led by
John Allen, a leading national youth worker. I believe this day will
be equally valuable for parents to attend, or for people who are
considering getting involved in youth work. Watch out for details
coming shortly or see myself.
One of the key
developments to the structure of the youth work is the creation of a
key worker approach.
Over the last
year, several of the young people have for a variety of reasons
stopped attending church. At this time we realised that there was no co-ordinated
approach in place to follow these young people up. We feel it is
important to ensure the young people know they are valued by the
church and have support available to them if they need this.
Each young person
will be allocated a youth leader who will be their key worker. The
key workers role will be:
We also feel it is
important that the youth leaders are supported in this role, and
every youth leader who has agreed to be a key worker will be
allocated their own mentor.
Meadow Way Chapel
now has a child protection policy, which all workers have a copy. A
copy is also available in the church office for anyone to view. If
you wish to see this policy, please any deacon, elder or myself. See
me if you wish to borrow a copy, but please do not remove the office copy.
involved with the following youth & children's activities at
Meadow Way Chapel must now be on the approved youth and children
Sunday club, Bible
class, 16+, oasis, midweek youth house groups, crèche, toddler
group, CUTS camp, Sonrise camp, weekend youth house party and King Zone.
All approved youth
and children's workers must:
workers have filled in forms and most references have been obtained.
We are now starting to request enhanced Disclosures for all workers.
Full details of who this applies to and how to fill in the form can
be found on the youth notice board.
From today new workers will have to fill an application form;
references obtained and enhanced Disclosure completed before they can
start their role. Please don't ask anyone outside of the approved
list to help out till this is done. All forms can be obtained from
myself or downloaded from our website. If in doubt please speak to me.
Both Sonrise and
CUTS camps are facing leadership shortages this coming summer. If you
want to know more about CUTS please see Andrew or Sue Southgate and
please see me about Sonrise. CUTS is short of male leaders, while
Sonrise is short ofboth sexes but particularly of someone medical.
Barclays Bank in Bank Plain, in the centre of Norwich has been taken
over by the Lind Trust and has great plans to turn it into something
special for all youth people in Norwich. I was shown round it on
Friday and it is huge.
Meadow Way Chapel
youth & children's coordinator