04 April 2011

Whoever you are, wherever you are - new website for children, teenagers, youth workers & parents

Whoever you are, wherever you are - new website for children, teenagers, youth workers & parents

A new website from the Methodist Church is offering resources for children, young people, parents and youth workers.

www.childrenandyouth.org.uk has age-appropriate sections offering stories, ideas and advice for children and young people themselves as well as specialist sections for youth and children's workers.

"This isn't just another website about working with young people," said Penny Fuller, Children and Youth Development Officer for the Methodist Church. "It's a hub of resources for the whole Church as we join children and young people on their journey of faith. It's a place where children and young people can find advice and support as they live out their discipleship in the classroom, on the playground and in the high street."

The website also has a special section dedicated to parents, with guidance and information for parenting children of all ages on topics ranging from bereavement to relationships.

The site's specialist section for children and youth workers, The Well, is designed to help, resource and support workers or anyone involved in children's or youth ministry. They can access advice, training and information about what's happening in their region and wider and can also register directly to receive a quarterly newsletter and emails. The Well Network will be launching at the end of April and will enable those who register to upload and share resources. The Network Section will also help to connect Methodist churches that are involved in uniformed groups, Pilots, Godly Play and Messy Church projects and Fresh Expressions.

Children and Youth Development Officer Meg Prowting said: "The Well is investing in those involved in children's and youth ministry, whether paid or voluntary, to resource and support them practically, spiritually and professionally. We hope that those who join The Well will see the benefit of being linked to others with similar roles across the Church, and gain from the information, training and retreat opportunities that are available."

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