/ Posts from Dan Jones

18 Jan |  The Key – training dates for 2017

The ‘KEY’ is back for 2017 providing invaluable time and space for children’s and youth leaders/volunteers from across the diocese to reflect on their roles, discuss theory and context with others involved in children’s, youth and families ministry, and gain practical advice and guidance on a …

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16 Nov |  Young adults invited to “Reformation Reloaded” in Germany

Building on Bristol dioceses’ strong links with the Lutheran Church in Augsburg young adults (aged 18-25yrs) are being invited to join with other young people from across the world next summer at the international convention – ‘Reformation Reloaded 2017. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, the international …

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24 Oct |  “As a family it says to us that our children are valued”

As a diocese, encouraging and equipping ordained clergy in their ministries is paramount in fulfilling the diocesan values and priorities. In addition, providing appropriate support and pastoral care also helps clergy in their professional and personal lives, especially when that help …

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15 Sep |  Discounted ‘Light’ materials for churches

Scripture Union is a name known for producing a wealth of resources that support churches in their ministry and mission with children and young people. As part of their ongoing commitment SU have released news that they are offering their popular ‘Light’ materials at a …

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24 Aug |  “An amazing week” at Soul Survivor 2016

When Julie and Chris heard about the Diocesan camp at Soul Survivor this year, the volunteer youth leaders from St Thomas a Becket (Pucklechurch) jumped at the opportunity to take their small youth group along to the popular Christian youth gathering. Julie and Chris reflect on an amazing …

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24 Aug |  Young people voice thoughts on ‘church’

Young people from churches in Swindon Deanery were invited to be part in a consultation to find out their views on faith and church life. The consultation was divided into two sections which unpacked the young people’s opinions on the purpose of church …

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27 May |  Youth resource about ‘awkward’ issues

When looking for bible studies for youth groups the range of resources that cover biblical themes, characters and the basics are pretty much catered for. However, when it comes to ‘those’ issues that young people want to discuss options are limited, meaning youth leaders will search the breadth of …

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26 May |  Nurturing a resilient faith in children

I’ve just finished flicking through past editions of Childrenswork magazine and an interview with Rob Parsons (founder of Care for the Family) I stumbled upon had some really interesting thoughts on how churches can grow a more resilient faith in children and young people. Whilst researching for his …

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13 Jan |  Young people, drugs and alcohol…

Substance misuse among under-18s in the UK is always a cause for concern with stories of teenagers drinking alcohol, smoking cannabis, or using drugs never far from the headlines. Drug use is a significant problem because it can affect a young person’s health and …

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13 Jan |  Growing Faith through Generosity

We are all on a journey of faith; wherever we are on that journey, and no matter how far we have travelled, we are seeking to be Disciples of Christ. To develop and grow in our discipleship we need to …

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