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February 2004 youth & children's work Update

I have finally got round to producing a youth & children's update for all the church.

My situation

'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.

Partnership 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.

Key worker & mentoring

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:

  • To be the first point of contact for church/youth issues affecting the young person (including first point of contact for the parents too).

  • To keep an eye out for the young person.
  • To ensure they feel a valued member of the youth group (chat with them each week or so, remember their birthday, Christmas etc.).
  • Pray for them.

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.

Child Protection Policy

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.

All workers involved with the following youth & children's activities at Meadow Way Chapel must now be on the approved youth and children worker's list:

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:

  • Have submitted an application form.

  • Have two references obtained.
  • Submitted for enhanced Disclosure with the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau).
  • Attended our CCPAS video training course with six months of starting their role.

Currently all 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.

Important Note! 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.

Sonrise & CUTS

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.

New Norwich Youth Venue

The former 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