On 14th May, the Department for Children, Youth and Education launched an award scheme for parish’s work with children. Four parishes were awarded their bronze Level certificates as part of a pilot scheme. I will be visiting Deanery Synods over the next eighteen months to talk about the scheme and help churches engage with it. The Bronze Award represents a set of minimum standards in children's and youth work. We want parishes to celebrate their good practice with children and young people and identify ways in which they could improve:
- how they reach out to children and young people
- the ways they are welcomed
- how they are included within worship
- their place in day to day activities of the church.
For parishes which are going further in this area the diocese will be awarding Silver and Gold awards . If you have any questions regarding the scheme or need any assistance at all in developing your youth and children's work, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Youth Mass goes Mass Media
A group of young people from Kidderminster have been running their own Youth Mass at St Barnabas Kidderminster for some time now and they have just been given a grant by the Greenbelt Trust and invited to lead a service at the Greenbelt festival this year. If you are going to Greenbelt this year, please go along and support them.