Our Vision

Hearts on Fire with a Vision for growth

Children & Youth

Children & Young People's Mission & Ministry (CYPM&M)

Message from Bishop Christopher

“In Southwark Diocese we long to see children and young people with Hearts on Fire for Jesus. I am very pleased to commend this publication, which outlines the support available from the Diocese of Southwark in this vital area of ministry.”

Our Vision: 2019

Our vision is to see children and young people (CYP) with hearts on fire for Jesus, growing in faith with the confidence to share it; contributing to the life of the Church and its mission, at every level.

The whole Church has a role to play: walking alongside CYP by supporting households grow in faith together and through walking alongside schools; welcoming and hearing the voice of all children and young people, whatever their background or ability; growing expressions of church where CYP are actively involved, as we seek to grow God’s kingdom both numerically and spiritually.

Our Diocesan CYP Goals

  • To work towards every CYP having a life-enhancing encounter with the Christian faith and the person of Jesus Christ.
  • To encourage every parish to create a culture where CYP are welcomed, actively involved, growing spiritually, equipped to share their faith with friends and family and have their voices heard.
  • To encourage churches to actively build strong relationship with households and schools, making use of local partnerships with other churches or parachurch organisations, and through working together as deaneries.
  • To affirm, support and develop all those working with CYP in the name of the Church, at a variety of different levels.
  • To numerically grow the average weekly attendance of CYP by 5% by 2025 through existing and fresh expressions of church.

Our support for your ministry

The three main areas of focus are Advice, Training and Resourcing. 

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Who’s on the team?

Revd Canon Jay Colwill, Canon Missioner for the Diocese, oversees CYPM&M

Aike Kennett-Brown, part-time Mission Support Officer, Children and Young People 

Keli Bolton, Mission Support Officer, Children & Young People with Mission Action Planning

Kim Jeffal, Mission Support Administrator

Got a question? Contact the team on cypcourses@southwark.anglican.org

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