Community groups that support young children and their parents in Norfolk are being invited to apply to a new Community Fund designed to get our county's babies and preschoolers off to the best possible start.
On Monday 2 September, over 100 people gathered at Norwich Cathedral to celebrate the work going on across the Diocese with children, young people, families and schools.
Across the Diocese of Norwich there is a wide range of individuals, both lay and ordained, and organisations working to support schools through chaplaincy. In preparing for a recent Chaplaincy In Schools training day we identified over 30 people with chaplaincy roles in our secondary schools.
How can children from a small rural primary in South Norfolk help influence the life chances of millions of children throughout the world who are denied access to education? This was the question that the children of Forncett St Peter Church of England Primary School asked themselves, as they took part in a week-long "Send My Friend to School" campaign and explored how the school vision of "love your neighbour as yourself" can be made relevant in their daily life. Teacher Helen Cartner takes up the story.
If you are involved in work with children and young people in your church or local school then there is one date you should have in your diary this year.
In the village of Horstead, just on the edge of the Norfolk Broads, is something quite unique. Celebrating its 50th year, the Horstead Centre is based in the beautiful Old Rectory and is the only Church of England children's residential activity centre in the country. Josie Barnett, Centre Manager, charts its history over the past half-century.
Anna Walker and Rihanna Cracknell explore some common myths around attracting and keeping young people in our churches.
Although October half term is still some way off, planning and preparation is well underway for Cormorants Sailing Holiday 2019.
Jonathan Richardson shares a range of helpful resources to facilitate difficult conversations with teenagers.
Do God and politics mix? How will Brexit affect the Church? How does faith motivate the work of Christians in politics? Who would Jesus vote for?
Riding Lights Theatre Company are pleased to announce a revival of their acclaimed passion play The Narrow Road by Paul Birch, from Monday 25 March to Saturday 20 April, and are now taking bookings.
Inspired by a recent article about Deaf Church in The Magazine, Catherine Golding, a teacher from a Church of England School in North Norfolk got in touch to share their story.
Anna Walker writes about the impact of ecumenical youth ministry and some of its expressions in Norfolk.
Since beginning in a small suburb of Chester back in 2003, Who Let the Dads Out? (WLTDO?) has sought to fly the flag for effectively engaging with dads, father figures and their children, and demonstrate God’s love to them by sharing hospitality, activities and enjoying time together. Anna Walker talks to founder Mark Chester.
Supporters, young people, staff and volunteers gathered at Witard Road Baptist Church on September 15 to celebrate 40 years of the local Christian Norwich Youth for Christ.
In the September/October edition of The Magazine, the Children, Youth and Families team shares the plans for a large-scale event in Kings Lynn Minster.
The PlayVan is a charitable organisation, supported by the Diocese, which runs mobile play groups around rural Norfolk. It aims to help establish and support the development of play groups in small communities and create a welcoming place for pre-school children and their parents and carers to socialise, learn, and have fun. The Van gives us a run-down of an average day:
The Churches Together team, led by the Revd Peter Skivington of Lighthouse Community Church, recently set up 'Soul Space' at Sheringham High School.
The Inspired Classrooms project is an accessible, online resource to open up churches as ‘creative classrooms’ where pupils can enjoy cross-curricular learning inspired by their fabulous surroundings.
The new strategy, rooted in the Church of England’s Vision for Education, sets out the Diocese ambition to continue playing a pivotal role and lead in the new education landscape.
Students at Aylsham High School have been exploring spirituality, prayer and life’s biggest questions with their very own interactive prayer space this week.
Jonathan Richardson makes some suggestions for resources to explore calling and identity with young people.
Anna Walker unpacks a new resource from CPAS aimed at helping 14 to 18-year-olds explore the God possibilities for their lives.
Anna Walker, Children, Youth & Families Administrator for the Diocese, asked three people who delivered prayer spaces in schools during the Autumn term about the opportunities and impact they present in terms of helping young people explore spirituality and make prayer accessible.
Meaningful Chocolate have released their range of Easter Eggs with a new story booklet and more!
The Diocese of Norwich has launched a new scheme which is targeted at improving the support and outreach to secondary age young people in the Diocese as well as helping school leavers explore their calling.
Rachel Felton, Head of School at Weasenham Church of England Primary Academy, tells us how Godly Play is a great tool in teaching Children stories from the Bible.
The Revd Mark Capron, Rector of the Dersingham Benefice, reviews a children's online Bible game.
The Children, Youth & Families team is putting on training to help equip people to support those who have recently lost someone
The Real Advent Calendar is celebrating its fifth birthday this year with a fresh new redesign.
Springs Dance Company would love to hear from anyone interested in hosting a performance of Bread of Life at their church, festival or school this Lent and Easter.
Going through high school can be a tough time for those who are Christians. Talia Upton, now in 6th form, shares some advice on how to express your faith at school and keep your spirits up!
Just like many adults, young people spend a large proportion of their day ‘at work’; school. A place where, similarly to adults, they attend for set hours, meet and interact with peers, complete tasks, learn skill sets, are encouraged to develop and undergo regular review.
Working in our church schools is a real privilege. It is so rewarding to see children develop, acquire new skills and interests and make great progress during their formative years.
A short story written by 10 year old Cole Tibbet
Getting started with youth work in your area can be daunting, but there are a range of regional charities that can work with churches at a local level.
Reviewed by young people for the May/June 2017 edition of The Magazine.
A range of excellent resources for young people, youth leaders and parents to help navigate our modern, changing world
STRENGTH is a resource produced by Hillsong designed for young men aged 11 to 17 years.
Summer offers plenty of chances to do things together which seem less appealing in the cold winter months and can be a prime time for engaging with the community with local fetes, flower festivals, events and summer visitors milling around.
Having a desire to see young people in your church and having a desire to see young people grow in their faith are very different - so the first question is 'what is your motivation?'
New resources are now available for parishes from the Diocese for Thy Kingdom Come, a global prayer movement between 25 May and 4 June.
Hannah Pye, previously the Children, Youth & Family Worker in the Tas Valley Team Ministry and now Chair of the Church of England Youth Council, describes the impact of a recent discussion among young Christians on the ethical and environmental dilemmas thrown up by Micah 6:8
In 2016 the Dawes family from Aylsham took a holiday to Scotland calling in at the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on the way. Liz and elder son Jamie reflect on their love of the natural environment and their experience of a landscape vastly different to Norfolk.
SHINE is a unique personal development and group mentoring tool for girls and women that uses an inspirational, practical and experiential approach to learning.
The Diocese Children, Youth and Families Team are hosting an afternoon training session on managing complex or challenging behaviour of children and young people.
The bible is full of stories of people who entered into ministry later in life. With more people now aged over 60 than under 18 in the UK, what role do older people have to play in relating to the younger generation?
For many it seems society is becoming ever more divided and more insular and we are losing the ability to communicate – especially across intergenerational boundaries.
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way” Edward De Bono
Ang Fox from Breckland NYFC describes this fascinating and inspiring film project...
The headteacher of St Michael's CofE Primary Academy, Emma Scarisbrook, explains how restorative justice principles are applied in a school situation.
Sybil Martin, Social Policy Officer for the Mothers’ Union, explains how the Angel Tree project helps to bridge the gap between absent parent and child.
As thousands of students across the country await exam results that will determine the next stage in their life’s development, the Church of England has issued a prayer to support them through the anxious moments of waiting.
Join with hundreds of other young people and leaders from across the region at this all new youth event.
Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical has this week a launched national competition to find the church with the brightest idea to help its local community.
The Revd Mark Capron, Rector of the Dersingham Benefice, details how St Nicholas, Dersingham responded to the Archbishops' call to prayer during the Thy Kingdom Come week of prayer.
Wholesale budget cuts to youth services in recent years have led to a lack of sporting activities to enable young people to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The opportunity for the Church to fill this gap, engaging and sharing the gospel with their local community, is significant.