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£250k fund launched to support early years groups

£250k fund launched to support early years groups

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.

Mon 4 Nov 2019
Commissioning service for those working with children, young people and schools

Commissioning service for those working with children, young people and schools

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.

Tue 3 Sep 2019
Chaplaincy in schools

Chaplaincy in 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.

Sun 1 Sep 2019
Unlocking access to education worldwide

Unlocking access to education worldwide

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.

Sun 1 Sep 2019
One Big Day for Children, Youth and Families Ministry

One Big Day for Children, Youth and Families Ministry

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. 

Fri 12 Jul 2019
Half a century of welcome for young people

Half a century of welcome for young people

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.

Wed 5 Jun 2019
The truth of the matter: build wells

The truth of the matter: build wells

Anna Walker and Rihanna Cracknell explore some common myths around attracting and keeping young people in our churches.

Tue 4 Jun 2019
All aboard for a Cormorants sailing holiday

All aboard for a Cormorants sailing holiday

Although October half term is still some way off, planning and preparation is well underway for Cormorants Sailing Holiday 2019.

Thu 30 May 2019
Resources for difficult questions

Resources for difficult questions

Jonathan Richardson shares a range of helpful resources to facilitate difficult conversations with teenagers.

Sat 23 Mar 2019
Aylsham High School Festival of Faith

Aylsham High School Festival of Faith

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?

Wed 20 Mar 2019
The Narrow Road - A Passion Play

The Narrow Road - A Passion Play

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.

Thu 14 Feb 2019
Signing expression of faith in Brancaster

Signing expression of faith in Brancaster

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.

Thu 7 Feb 2019
Together:united

Together:united

Anna Walker writes about the impact of ecumenical youth ministry and some of its expressions in Norfolk.

Wed 6 Feb 2019
Who Let the Dads Out? @15

Who Let the Dads Out? @15

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.

Fri 16 Nov 2018
40 years of Norwich Youth for Christ

40 years of Norwich Youth for Christ

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.

Thu 20 Sep 2018
The Big Sing for Peace with Archbishop Justin

The Big Sing for Peace with Archbishop Justin

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.

Thu 30 Aug 2018
A day in the life of the PlayVan

A day in the life of the PlayVan

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:

Thu 26 Jul 2018
Soul Space at Sheringham High School

Soul Space at Sheringham High School

The Churches Together team, led by the Revd Peter Skivington of Lighthouse Community Church, recently set up 'Soul Space' at Sheringham High School.

Tue 17 Jul 2018
Inspired Classrooms - the online toolkit for churches and teachers

Inspired Classrooms - the online toolkit for churches and teachers

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.

Thu 5 Jul 2018
Diocese launches new education strategy

Diocese launches new education strategy

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.

Tue 22 May 2018
Space for the soul

Space for the soul

Students at Aylsham High School have been exploring spirituality, prayer and life’s biggest questions with their very own interactive prayer space this week.

Wed 2 May 2018
Further ideas on identity and calling for young people

Further ideas on identity and calling for young people

Jonathan Richardson makes some suggestions for resources to explore calling and identity with young people.

Thu 26 Apr 2018
Talk Calling

Talk Calling

Anna Walker unpacks a new resource from CPAS aimed at helping 14 to 18-year-olds explore the God possibilities for their lives.

Thu 26 Apr 2018
Prayer spaces in schools - making prayer accessible

Prayer spaces in schools - making prayer accessible

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.

Mon 26 Feb 2018
Real Easter Egg launched for 2018!

Real Easter Egg launched for 2018!

Meaningful Chocolate have released their range of Easter Eggs with a new story booklet and more!

Tue 20 Feb 2018
New Undergraduate Training Scheme launched

New Undergraduate Training Scheme launched

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.

Wed 14 Feb 2018
Creating sacred space with Godly Play

Creating sacred space with Godly Play

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.

Thu 1 Feb 2018
Guardians of Ancora

Guardians of Ancora

The Revd Mark Capron, Rector of the Dersingham Benefice, reviews a children's online Bible game.

Thu 1 Feb 2018
Working with Young People and Bereavement Training

Working with Young People and Bereavement Training

The Children, Youth & Families team is putting on training to help equip people to support those who have recently lost someone

Mon 27 Nov 2017
The Real Advent Calendar 2017

The Real Advent Calendar 2017

The Real Advent Calendar is celebrating its fifth birthday this year with a fresh new redesign.

Fri 27 Oct 2017
Invitation to churches from Spring Dance Company

Invitation to churches from Spring Dance Company

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.

Fri 27 Oct 2017
Top tips for keeping the faith at high school

Top tips for keeping the faith at high school

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!

Thu 26 Oct 2017
God in children's work at school

God in children's work at school

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.

Thu 26 Oct 2017
Wellbeing in church schools

Wellbeing in church schools

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.

Fri 1 Sep 2017
By Your side: a short story

By Your side: a short story

A short story written by 10 year old Cole Tibbet

Mon 1 May 2017
Help with youth work across the Diocese

Help with youth work across the Diocese

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.

Mon 1 May 2017
Young people review of a variety of books, websites and media

Young people review of a variety of books, websites and media

Reviewed by young people for the May/June 2017 edition of The Magazine.

Mon 1 May 2017
Young People Resources

Young People Resources

A range of excellent resources for young people, youth leaders and parents to help navigate our modern, changing world

Mon 1 May 2017
Strength - A resource to encourage and equip young men

Strength - A resource to encourage and equip young men

STRENGTH is a resource produced by Hillsong designed for young men aged 11 to 17 years.

Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ideas for family fun in the sun

Ideas for family fun in the sun

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.

Fri 31 Mar 2017
Going Long - Developing long term ministry with young people

Going Long - Developing long term ministry with young people

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?'

Fri 31 Mar 2017
Order resources for Thy Kingdom Come

Order resources for Thy Kingdom Come

New resources are now available for parishes from the Diocese for Thy Kingdom Come, a global prayer movement between 25 May and 4 June.

Fri 10 Mar 2017
Young Christians lead ethical lifestyle challenge

Young Christians lead ethical lifestyle challenge

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

Wed 1 Mar 2017
The Earth is the Lord's

The Earth is the Lord's

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.

Wed 1 Mar 2017
SHINE - An available resource produced by Hillsong.

SHINE - An available resource produced by Hillsong.

SHINE is a unique personal development and group mentoring tool for girls and women that uses an inspirational, practical and experiential approach to learning.

Mon 6 Feb 2017
Managing complex or challenging behaviour of Children and Young People

Managing complex or challenging behaviour of Children and Young People

The Diocese Children, Youth and Families Team are hosting an afternoon training session on managing complex or challenging behaviour of children and young people.

Fri 20 Jan 2017
From beginning to end with Open the Book

From beginning to end with Open the Book

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?

Sun 1 Jan 2017
Building an intergenerational culture in your church

Building an intergenerational culture in your church

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.

Sun 1 Jan 2017
The colour of creativity

The colour of creativity

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way” Edward De Bono

Wed 9 Nov 2016
'Looking to Eternity' film project

'Looking to Eternity' film project

Ang Fox from Breckland NYFC describes this fascinating and inspiring film project...

Thu 3 Nov 2016
Restorative Justice - how we lay the foundations...

Restorative Justice - how we lay the foundations...

The headteacher of St Michael's CofE Primary Academy, Emma Scarisbrook, explains how restorative justice principles are applied in a school situation.

Thu 1 Sep 2016
Keeping families together - the Angel Tree project

Keeping families together - the Angel Tree project

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.

Thu 1 Sep 2016
A prayer for all students awaiting their exam results

A prayer for all students awaiting their exam results

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.

Wed 17 Aug 2016
There is just one month left to book your place for Cathedral@Night!

There is just one month left to book your place for Cathedral@Night!

Join with hundreds of other young people and leaders from across the region at this all new youth event.

Mon 15 Aug 2016
Competition to find the church with brightest local community ideas opens

Competition to find the church with brightest local community ideas opens

Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical has this week a launched national competition to find the church with the brightest idea to help its local community.

Thu 26 May 2016
Thy Kingdom Come prayer event at St Nicholas, Dersingham

Thy Kingdom Come prayer event at St Nicholas, Dersingham

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.

Thu 26 May 2016
Healthy lives, healthy souls

Healthy lives, healthy souls

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.

Wed 16 Mar 2016