SoulNet South Central Hub – Youth Leaders Gathering

Saturday 8th November Time: 9:30am-11:30am Venue: St Paul’s Church, Oak Rd, Bursledon, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 8DT The South Central Hub is a great opportunity to get local youth leaders together for worship, teaching, prayer and conversation; all with a tasty brekkie thrown in! This time we have Ali Etheridge from Soul Survivor joining us with some […]

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‘Family Matters’ – A series of 6 webinars 

What is family? Why is it important? What influences and concerns does it face? What role does the church play? This series will examine aspects of life and faith that impact family life. These webinars are presented by The Centre for Family and Childhood Studies at Bristol Baptist College. Each webinar runs for 60 minutes […]


Reflection: Staying Sharp

Once upon a time there was a very strong wood-cutter. He asked for a job from a timber merchant and he got it. The pay was very good and so were the work conditions and for that reason the wood-cutter was determined to do his very best. His boss gave him an axe and showed […]

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How to engage young people in Church Life – Training for leaders – 11th November – GOSPORT

A practical evening exploring methods, models and exercises to help parishes, PCC’s and all church groups engage with young people (11-18 years old), their views and involvement in church life… This is a “how to” session backed up by a little bit of theory. You’ll come away with resources and ideas to help engage young people positively in the life of your church. Learn […]

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Youth & Children’s Basic Training – Leaders, Volunteers & Helpers – 22nd November – HAVANT

The Key: Leader, Volunteer & Helper Basic Training This is the basic programme for equipping and orientating volunteers, leaders and helpers in youth and children’s ministry in the diocese. Participative, interactive and fun! Get booked! Packed full of ideas! £3.00 per person – includes all handouts and refreshments – please bring your own lunch! Click here for  more information, booking and details.

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Children’s Work Training & Support – 3rd November – GOSPORT

An evening of conversation, discussion, inspiration and refreshment about children’s and families ministry. A great chance to meet other people in your area who are working with families and children over a drink . An opportunity to share ideas and to listen  and learn. Topics will include: Spirituality, Messy Church, Story Telling, Parenting, Intergenerational Worship, Schools, Baptism, Mission and whatever you bring! Ideal for […]


Culture discipling people better than the church

The church is facing tough competition for the time and attention of young people in an increasingly digital world, warns Jason Gardner. The theologian and youth worker tells us that young people are far likelier to absorb the story of secularism than they are the story of Christianity. With an estimated 70 per cent drop out rate […]


Parenting For Sticky Faith

Here’s an interesting article about Sticky Faith and parenting. It’s  an interview with theologian and educator Kara Powell on the subject. I especially love this reflection she offers: Our research indicates that most youth group graduates have embraced what Dallas Willard referred to as the “gospel of sin management.” This “sin management” gospel truncates the […]