New Youth Ministry Course Launches for Clergy
As part of our ‘Capital Youth’ initiative to transform youth ministry in the Diocese last week, we launched a new course in youth ministry especially designed for clergy.
The course is being piloted in the Kensington Area and began with lunch hosted by the Bishop of Kensington and was a chance for the ten potential delegates invited by the Bishop to meet Chris Curtis and Rachel Gardner from Youthscape who are leading the course together with Jenny Barnard and Sam Donoghue from the youth and children’s team.
Chris Curtis explained the course was designed not to turn every vicar into a youth worker but to give them the knowledge and confidence to lead the parish in this area and to equip them with ideas as to what youth work in their parish could look like. He reflected that research has shown that in parishes where youth ministry has grown, with was due to the vicar’s leadership during the ‘setting-up stage’ and by supporting youth ministry, which is crucial. Curtis hoped that at the end of the course each member would go away with some ideas of what to do, with some excitement to have a go.
Rachel Gardner who lives in Harrow told a story of how a church managed to welcome a young woman, that Rachel had worked with, who had decided to go to her local church one Sunday, where she was the youngest person, by about thirty years! Rachel reflected that although the young person had never been to church before, and had no idea of what was going on, she felt God was there and felt loved by someone nearby who helped her follow with the service sheet. It was a great example of how a small thing can mean so much to a young person exploring faith.
The course will run for six sessions in the spring, ending with an evening session where more of the church can be invited and once the pilot has completed in Kensington we hope to run it across the diocese.