Children & Youth


In my recent Blessings preach around Psalm 128 , click here to watch that talk, I was so struck at the ache for generational reach in myself and others.


Following Emma-Jane being furloughed and then returning briefly before resigning to start alternative employment, I am deeply conscious of the gaps in our consistent children and youth provision since lockdown began. Like many other churches in this time, we have struggled in our provision for under eighteen's. We ache to see children, prodigals, households and clans follow the Lord faithfully. Children and youth are really important to us at St Peter's and St Paul's and we are committed to helping them learn about Jesus and grow in their faith. I reached out to twenty-three of our key volunteers and was really appreciative of the nineteen responses. I'd initially favoured a like-for-like appointment process of a new colleague in this, based on the same hours and emphasis in interim remote, video messages, and where possible in-person work. Sixteen of the nineteen responses indicated that they wouldn't find that helpful, but rather much prefer for a more substantive long-term resourcing of our Children's and Youth ministry.   On Monday night the PCC affirmed the wish of many of you not to re-appoint to the C&Y Minister role in the short term believing that consistent and long term provision for our children and youth is what is most important for them and for us as a church as we seek to best resource ministry here in the parish.  We have agreed to revisit this early in spring in anticipation that post-COVID life may be more certain than at present. We will talk and prepare in the coming weeks and months, and creatively seek to resource the opportunities and the gaps for the time in-between. We are so thankful for your patience and understanding in this and for all those of you who have gladly volunteered to 'step in the gap' and provide some thought-provoking, funny, and memory-making times over the recent months!   Whilst there will be no separate provision for our church and youth when we return to in-person gatherings, we will continue to offer a C&Y section in our online service as well as whenever we can provide zoom calls and catch up calls with the youth. I appreciate that this is much less than ideal and as ever please don't hesitate to contact me via my email; vicarjohnny@gmail.com if you have comments or questions. We pray on, seek and serve!

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At St Peter’s Hextable and St Paul’s Swanley Village we take safeguarding very seriously and the PCC has adopted the House of Bishops Parish Safeguarding Handbook, Promoting a safer church, which can be viewed here Further safeguarding documents can be found on the Rochester Diocese safeguarding website Safeguarding children, young people and adults experiencing, or at risk of abuse or neglect is the responsibility of us all whether they are in the communities in which        we live or part of our Christian family.

 

If you have a concern regarding a child, young person or adult who may be at risk of harm please speak to our Parish Safeguarding Officer,       Andy Birmingham 07511 255 565 or email safeguarding@stph.org.uk 

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