Plans are a wonderful thing. I can’t think of many things that please me more than making lists (colour coordinated!) and ticking things off as they are dealt with.
As much as a claim to love surprises and spontaneity I probably enjoy planning things a lot more!
There are many who would disagree and say that planning just gets in the way of doing ‘Life is something that happens while you are busy making other plans’ John Lennon – or that whilst we are diligently planning away, God may have other ideas ‘if you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans’ Woody Allen. And I do agree with both of these sentiments to a certain extent.
However, planning is important when strategically trying to move forward to looking to build successful work. I would caution planning and not doing, forgetting the bigger picture and certainly including God in your planning and often laying things aside to follow His will instead of your plans.
But whilst all of this is true God also promises us that his plans are for our good and walking in His ways will prosper us. I hope and pray that the plans for children and youth work in this Diocese will prosper and flourish in 2016.
There are really exciting opportunities available for both children and youth work in the Diocese in 2016. I don’t want anyone to miss out on these opportunities and it is a real chance to see this work grow and flourish – as we have already begun to see.
I look forward to receiving some questionnaires from your young people. I am most interested to know whether they would be interested in being part of a Diocesan Youth Forum or a Youth Band – both of which I hope to set up this autumn.
We are planning a visit to SPREE Wales for a day on Saturday 2nd July and young people can come for just £5 (as opposed to £18) for a day visit if they book with us (groups need to provide their own transport). Spree initial form– (more information available once we have received expressions of interest).
We are also planning a youth day out in October Half Term to an activity centre – again, costs will be subsidised (more details available soon).
If you are interested in starting youth work in your parish there is an opportunity to be part of a roadshow offering taster events for youth work this October. Please indicate your interest on the booking form. There are also new opportunities for working in Secondary schools – get in touch if you would like to be part of this Pioneering project.
In May Half Term we are offering a ‘taster day’ in the style of a Holiday Club – there are still some spaces left – again please indicate your interest on the booking form above.
We are offering bigger scale events for the whole community to take part in during the Summer Holidays – ‘Pop up’ mission weeks are again available to book using the form.
Messy Church is something which is growing. If you are interested in setting up a Messy Church why not take part in our roadshow in September to run a ‘taster’ event, gain contact details and test the water with families and volunteers before embarking. These are also available to book now.
Please do take advantage of these opportunities and get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment, we really do want to support each and every parish to grow and develop their work with children and young people in a way which suits you. If there is anything else we can help with then please do get in touch.
Please pray and think carefully about booking some of these events, we have already seen some fantastic work and growth in this ministry.