Two churches win Gold! Posted on May 23, 2012 by samc In this day and age, churches are frequently being reminded to take responsibility for the care and well being of children and young people within the life of their church. Now, St Mary’s Rodbourne Cheney and Redland Parish have become the first two churches to win Gold in the Child Friendly Church scheme (CFC). The CFC award scheme is voluntary with a light-hearted approach and there aren’t lots of forms involved. The criteria are straight forward too which means that almost any church can achieve bronze. Dan Jones, the Diocesan youth and children’s work adviser, explains: “The great thing about Child Friendly Church is that it is not necessarily about how much work a church does with children and young people. Rather, it recognises and affirms churches who welcome and integrate children, young people and their families into their worshipping life. We should celebrate this amazing work and ministry and the CFC awards are a great starting point.” ‘We’re so proud of our award!’ Celia Morgan (volunteer at Redland Parish), pictured far right with other leaders and receiving their Gold Award The accolade was launched by the Diocese in 2009 to encourage churches to put children, young people and their families on their agenda, to work to certain targets and obtain a certificate to publicly show the community that they take the provision of the young very seriously. It is one of several schemes, training events and missions run by the Department for Children and Young People aiming to engage children through work with churches, schools and other groups. Churches who have also been involved in the scheme so far are St Peter’s Bishopsworth (silver), St Mary’s Shirehampton (silver), St Leonard’s Broad Blunsdon (bronze), All Saints Lydiard Millicent (bronze), All Saints Clifton ( bronze), St Thomas-a-Becket Pucklechurch ( bronze), and St John’s Haydon Wick (bronze). Further information on the Child Friendly Church Scheme is available online here or by contacting Dan Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0117 906 0100.