We offer help and advice to support the church in engaging young people, both through Capital Youth and our partnership with youth ministry specialists.
What we do: Youth ministry
Supporting the church in engaging young people
Youth ministry is a key part of the Diocese of London – we work hard to support it as best we can.
Capital Youth is the response to calls to be more radical, for people across the Diocese to spend an increasing amount of time focused on young people as part of our ministry, and for this work to be seen as too important to delegate or avoid. Capital Youth means we will increase our focus on evangelism and discipleship within our youth work.
With funding support from the BLMF, we are training fully-qualified youth workers from within the Diocese with mentoring on the job throughout a three year placement.
Appointing a paid worker has proved really hard in London over recent years. This program seeks to help by allowing you to invest in someone with potential rather than try and find the finished article. There are currently four funded places available each year that we try and group in an episcopal area, but you can buy into the scheme at any time.
We now have training available at three levels in the Diocese for youth workers, mirroring what is already available to children’s workers.
- Basic skills courses will run over four weeks and are designed to equip volunteers with the tools they need to be effective, these will be taken ‘out and about’ around the Diocese so that they are available at locations that suit your team.
- Our level 3 course is up and running and goes through the whole academic year with eight sessions looking at the thinking behind good youth work. This will run again next year.
- Finally, we have a few specialist sessions at Diocesan House that run as one-offs, tackling a particular issue. Past speakers have included Len Kalger, Rachel Gardener, Personal Resilience and First Aid Training.
Advice and consultancy
One of the most valuable things we can provide is a brain to pick! The Diocese of London has partnered with CONCRETE to provide free consultancy on engaging young people.
CONCRETE is a youth ministry organisation with a specialism in urban areas; meaning they are suitably equipped to support our Diocese. Founder James Fawcett has been working with young people full-time for the last 15 years in a variety of contexts and for the last 10 of them in the east end of London, Tower Hamlets.
Starting a youth group
We would like to help parishes who want to launch youth groups, so we have formed a partnership with Urban Saints. If you can find a small group of volunteers then this partnership will provide resources, training, consultancy and everything you need to get you through the first year.
For more information or to book a session about any of the above, please contact the youth ministry team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mary Kok, Youth and Schools Chaplain in the Kensington Area, shares in-depth her experiences leading a team of volunteers in a five-week mission …
Every church has hundreds, perhaps thousands of young people living in their parish – but how do you connect with them? What kind …
Diocese of London Volunteer, Linu George, reports on a service and preaching organised by young people in the Southall area, on the theme of ‘Generation of Diversity’.
An evangelistic contemporary music gig saw 25 young people respond to the gospel at Christ Church W4, part of Capital Youth.
A Capital Youth Apprentice reflects on her experience of bringing together young people from five disparate churches in a gospel fellowship.
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