The Synod Children and Youth Development Officer is available to help churches consider the Vision, and to support in exploring ways that might be used to develop, refresh or begin work with children and young people.

Download: A Vision for Youth and Children's Work

Churches and Connecting with Schools

The first question to ask is 'why bother with schools?' and extended schools?

Andy Hickford in his book Meltdown in Schools says...

'that if we are not meaningfully involved in schools then we are missing our culture as a whole' and he pleads to Churches to get involved in their local schools. He says schools are at a crisis point, just ask a teacher!

Centres of community

Culturally speaking Churches are not the centre of our communities like they once were. Many Churches are there for hatching, matching and dispatching and often little else. So what would be the centre of our community now, of course it depends where you live, but it seems to me that schools could fit that bill in our rapidly changing society.

Grants for Children's and Youth Work

Application Submission date for the Resources Committee is at least three weeks before a meeting

(Meeting dates are available to download from the Committee Dates block on all Committee pages - click on the Council and Committees tab)

The Synod Resources Committee will consider grant applications to help churches considering the employment of a Children's or Youth Worker. To begin the process, it is expected that you have a conversation with the Children's and Youth Development Officer (CYDO).

In order for the Resources Committee to consider your application, you will need to submit a number of documents: an Application Form, the Pro Forma Finance Annual Costs form and copies of your latest church accounts. Having involved the CYDO from an early stage, the CYDO is expected to endorse your application. Following a grant award, an annual Appraisal Form will need to be submitted at the end of every year, preferably at its anniversary date, over the period of the grant in order to ensure the release of the next tranche of grant. Please note that the Resources committee will only consider grants of up to a maximum of 10% of the annual cost for a maximum of three years and a maximum total project cost of £25,000. All grants awarded will be subject to the availability of funds.

Consideration will also be given for grant applications to support the development of Children's and Youth Work Programmes in churches. Please discuss the format of your application with the CYDO as no forms are available for this purpose.

Grant Application Form for Children's and Youth Worker

Grant Application Form for Children's and Youth Work

Grant Application Form for Children's and Youth Work Development

Pro Forma Finance Annual Costs

Children's & Youth Work Annual Evaluation Report Form

Mission Tools

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Vision Initiatives

Find out more about:  Walking the Way Vision4Life Vision2020 and Fresh Expressions

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Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk. We work to the United Reformed Good Practice Policy and Procedures 

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