A packed day at Kindling a Flame
At the end of October youth and children’s leaders from around the Diocese, and beyond, gathered in St Mary’s Church, Swansea, to be further equipped for their ministries.
There were talks from a range of organisations who provide resources for, or for work with, young people and children. The aim was to provide something for everyone, no matter what aspect of ministry to young people that they are involved with!
For those interested in starting a group for young people there was the Boys Brigade, Urban Saints and RSCM; for those involved with their local schools we heard from Message Wales, Open the Book, Pray for Schools Wales, and more about the resources from Urban Saints.
Youth Alpha were there to explain how the programme can help develop the faith of teenagers, and how easy it is to run. Christians in Sport came to talk about this important part of life that can make a huge difference in reaching those who no-one else can.
Peter Doyle, our Diocesan Safeguarding Officer reminded us of how important this is to underpin our ministries. Fr Ben Rabjohns from Llandaff Diocese was there to give an insight into Sacramental Youth Ministry and the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage, while on the other end of the spectrum, Rhian Bridgens, the South Wales Messy Church Regional Co-ordinator, was there to encourage anyone thinking of running these high energy sessions!
As well as the speakers, there was also an opportunity to talk to a representative from each of the organisations to support and encourage us in each of our own contexts.
There was an opportunity to speak to the Mothers’ Union about the vital work they do to support children and families both here and around the world. People had the opportunity to see a selection of the resources available at the Eastmoor Resource Library, and request anything they felt could be added to it.
There was also information to take away on Christian Summer festivals; the upcoming Prayer Spaces in Schools training day (10th March 2018 in case you were wondering!); how to run a summer mission; sponsoring a child with Compassion, whether as an individual or a church group; the work of the Girls Friendly Society- as you can tell, it was a packed day!
If you were unable to get there and would like information on any of the organisations or resources available, please contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org; who can put you in touch with the representatives. We are hoping to run more events like this in the diocese in the future, so feel free to get in touch if you would like to be contacted when they are available, or if you would like to suggest other organisations who may add to the richness of those represented.