All posts by Ben Mizen

I am the Youth and Children’s Work Adviser for the Diocese of Portsmouth. I cover all work with children and young people aged 0-18+ and work across Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport, Fareham, The Isle of Wight, Petersfield and Bishops Waltham. You can contact me at the diocesan offices on 02392 899652 and

Intergenerational event for Lent looking at prayer, giving & fasting

402510_contentFree resources for an intergenerational event to help parishioners grow in their understanding of the three disciplines of Lent–prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. It aims to foster community across generations in your parish.

Check it out here


soul survivor? anyone?

logoMy name is Catherine Goodsell and I am a Youth and Children’s Intern at St Jude’s Church Southsea. This summer, myself and other leaders are joining some young people from our church to go to Soul Survivor on Week B (12th-16th August). I’m not sure how big your churches’ youth group is, but I was wondering if you might like to join our group and make it a joint trip, with shared responsibilities for food and travel, to make the trip a bit more accessible for groups with not many Young People.
If this is something you might be interested in doing together, don’t hesitate to contact me.
My email address is
God Bless,

Spiritual Styles – Working With Children


Over the past year, ROOTS has featured some articles that Dave Csinos wrote about spiritual styles and his first book, Children’s Ministry That Fits. They’ve put together a great resource to help people get to know spiritual styles by putting faces to the styles. You can read it here.


new baptism preparation course materials


Get ready to party! This new baptism preparation course considers the implications of baptism for the whole worshipping community, and places the emphasis on it being a step to belonging as well as a statement of belief. It offers three practical sessions based round a party theme to help all ages prepare for baptism and the journey it begins.
Published by BRF in March, £8.99


What are the dates


Lent is fast approaching – so here are the dates you need! Each date will link you to the relevant Going for Growth page where you will find links to a range of resources and web sites.


Portsmouth Deanery Youth Work Project Adviser – Sabbatical Cover

The Portsmouth Deanery Youth Work Project Adviser, Barbara O’Sullivan, will be taking a short sabbatical prior to her ordination as a Deacon this summer. We are offering a part-time, self-employed contract to provide cover for this role from early April to early July.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with an interest in working with young people in Portsmouth and experience of supporting volunteers. If you would like further particulars and details of the application process, please contact Julie Chapman, or via the Portsmouth Deanery Office, c/o St Faith’s Church, Crasswell St. Portsmouth PO1 1HT. Deadline for expressions of interest, 26 February. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 3 March.

On behalf of the Deanery Youth Work Management Committee.