What is the Children's and Youth Ministry Network?
"A Kingdom without walls..."
We have created a network of Children’s and Youth Ministry Hubs that resource, support and encourage Children’s and Youth Ministers in their work with Churches, Families and Schools. Over the last 5 years we have established 14 local hubs from Peterborough to Daventry, all connected to one another and each hosted by a couple of local children’s or youth workers.
Working with children and young people is richly rewarding and full of joy, but it can also be challenging, tiring and isolating. Here at the children and youth team, we believe it is really important for Churches and Charities to connect and pray, share resources and work as a team. We think the crossover in our ministries with Schools, Families and Churches creates a really exciting conversation about what God is doing in our area, so we gather together regularly to share our passion for working with children and young people.
We Connect and Pray
We Share Our Resources
We Work as a Team
Each Hub is ecumenical. Twelve of the fourteen cover a geographical area and two are thematic (the Outdoor Church Hub and the Schools Chaplaincy Hub). The Network is hosted by a small team of representatives from Children and Youth Ministry Charities and Organisations in our area - Souster Youth, The Kitchen Table Project (Care for the Family), Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs and Gen2 (Peterborough Diocese).
Contact Chad for more information and to connect with your nearest hub.
What are people saying?
We are hearing from Children’s and Youth Workers how much they value being part of both a local hub and a wider network…
"At the moment we only meet for an hour on Zoom, but already we are working on joint projects together, speaking on the phone, going for 1 to 1 walks and learning from each other. I have been so encouraged, challenged and energised" Charlotte - Earls Barton
"God has created a beautiful family here. There are many positives to this – mutual support, resource-sharing, prayer, fellowship and more, but ultimately it’s for the benefit of the people we serve and to the glory of God" Hannah - Irthlingborough
"For me the network is important. It provides a place for supportive relationships, prayer and encouragement. A place where we can be truly open and honest with each, whether we are feeling great or really low" Chris - Irchester