Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is a vital part of a church’s ministry to its local community. Rachel Dalby introduces us to a new safeguarding provider that is seeking to serve FIEC churches with help and advice.
Some churches have a slot for the children in the first part of their Sunday service. But how do you use it? Adrian Reynolds reviews a resource which might offer some creative answers for the coming year.
We’re almost at the end of a six-week Government consultation on “out of school” education. The proposals – if passed – could mean your youth and children’s work is regulated by the state and subject to Ofsted inspections. John Stevens says we should voice our concerns this weekend before the consultation closes.
How can FIEC best support ministry among young people across our family of 545 Independent churches? In October, youth and children’s workers from some of our congregations – and beyond – gathered in London to start working on a way forwards as Phil Topham explains.
Across our family of churches we have much experience and skills with regards to youth and children’s ministry – but there are also many needs. Trevor Archer is keen for us to work better together, pooling our best ideas, resources and practices, so that we might see many young people grow as disciples of Jesus.