Essentials training for Children, Youth and Family Ministry

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“The Youthscape Essentials course is a helpful resource for those working with teenagers in our churches. No matter how long you have been working with young people there’s always something useful to pick up from taking part in this training.”      Simon, Lancashire

Youthscape Essentials - the 'taster' (session one)

Research has shown that children and young people really value conversations with adults and feeling connected with their wider church family. That’s why, at Conference 2023, Methodists are encouraged to take a moment to talk to a young person in their faith community. For many adults talking to a teenager maybe a daunting prospect but don’t worry as help is at hand. Why not book into one of the upcoming Youthscape Essentials taster sessions to help you build rapport with young people? 

Wednesday 28 June 2023, 7.30pm - 9pm - to take part, contact Lola Brown*
Tuesday 24 October 2023, 6pm to 8pm - register here
Thursday 26 October 2023, 10am to 12pm - register here
Saturday 28 October 2023, 10am to 12pm - register here

*For those wanting to continue, this taster will form the beginning of a full course, the remainder of which will be delivered on-site at Tilehurst Methodist Church, Reading (scroll down for more information).

Youthscape Essentials - the course

If you’re wanting to grow your confidence and skills working with young people in churches and community projects then this programme is just what you’re looking for. Youthscape Essentials offers the opportunity to spend time in community with other workers and volunteers, exploring together insights into the lives of young people, relevant skills and character development. It’s a perfect course for anyone involved in or interested in developing ministry with young people (aged 11-18).

Download a PDF course summary here.

The material has been developed and piloted in a Methodist Circuit in partnership with Youthscape. If you have any questions about Youthscape Essentials training, please contact Lynne Norman.

Courses available:

Autumn 2023, online
Running for ten weeks (with a two-week break in October) on the following Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm: 12, 19, 26 September, 3, 10, 17 October, 7, 14, 21, 28 November 2023.
Register to take part in this course here.

Throughout 2024, online
Running for ten months (with a break for August) on the following Thursday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm: 11 January, 8 February, 14 March, 11 April, 9 May, 13 June, 11 July, 12 September, 10 October, 14 November 2024.
Register to take part in this course here.

On-site tasters and courses delivered locally

Tilehurst Methodist Church, Reading
Session one (the Taster) will be delivered online on Wednesday 28 June, 7.30pm to 9pm. The rest of the course will be delivered across three Saturdays in 2023, all from 10am to 4pm: 8 July, 16 September, 4 November.
To find out more and take part, contact Lola Brown.

Become a trainer or host a course

We are currently in the process of training up members of the Methodist Learning Network and others to deliver Youthscape Essentials training. If you would like to be added to a list of people interested in hosting this course, please email Lynne Norman. You can also contact Lynne if you are in a circuit or district role and would like to be considered as a possible trainer.

Coming soon - Children's Ministry Essentials and Family & Intergenerational Ministry Essentials

We are currently working ecumenically to create similar courses to inspire and equip people for children's and family work in the Church. If you'd like to be kept in the loop about this work as it progresses, and be alerted when the training becomes available, please complete this expression of interest form.