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Coffee Hubs for paid workers in the north and south of the synod.
Get together on Zoom over a cup of coffee.
Hosted by the Children’s & Youth Development Officers.
Mental Health First Aid training. We offer two courses: An introductory Awareness course and the full ‘Become a Mental Health First Aider’ certificated course, which gives an in-depth understanding of mental health and practical skills. For further information on courses and dates, please email or phone 023 8067 4513.
Basic first aid skills to help someone in an emergency. These training courses are open to all in Wessex Synod but particularly important for those working with children and young people. Flow chart to help local churches identify the appropriate level of training for church activities.
This training scheme seeks to resource all those who work with children in the church, and provides part of the foundational training for children’s leaders in the Methodist Church and United Reformed Church. The material is creative and interactive, and is organised into six units, each unit is a one-off two hour session.
Lundie Memorial Award
Do you know a child or young person who is playing their part in the mission of God in their church or Synod, their local community or the wider world? This award is designed to highlight and celebrate individuals using their God-given skills, time and talents to good effect. This can be interpreted in many different ways. To find out more including how to nominate an someone, follow this link to the URC’s website: Wessex Synod have three opportunities a year to submit nominations. Please ensure your forms are with the CYDOs by the 1st of February, June and October.
Children & Youth Friendly Church Scheme
The URC have launched a new and exciting scheme which replaces the Child Friendly Church Award. This new scheme is an exciting opportunity for churches to look afresh their church’s life with children, young people and families. Guided by a trained accompanier, a local congregation can begin to explore their strengths, values, opportunities, hopes and dreams. The scheme will enable churches to identify all that they currently do and how to develop their welcome to all ages and stages through a process which encourages, enables reflection and celebrates in preference to outlining a series of hurdles to jump and boxes to tick. For more information visit the URC’s website or contact your CYDO who will support you. There is a plaque and certificate awarded to churches, in recognition of undertaking a cycle of the scheme, and committing to continue their intentional focus with children, youth and families which will be continually supported by the trained accompanier and CYDO.