Children, Youth and Family Ministry

Lockdown has been a very strange time for everyone, each demographic facing their own challenges. Children and young people have seen their whole world change at a formative time in their lives, with the impact of this to be uncovered in the time to come. As a church, we want to take seriously the need to care for and invest in children and young people.

This has been tough during lockdown. Families have been encouraged to share faith in the home. Some churches have been able to engage with more children in these different ways than they may have done previously, but many young people were reluctant to engage online. Much of this engagement has depended on the capacity, creativity and time of volunteers and paid workers with in the church. Some churches have just not been able to connect in this way.

Fluidity and change, restrictions and new opportunities lie ahead. In the ‘Encouragement’ section you can hear how a couple of congregations have adapted and developed their children, youth and family ministry during lockdown. There are a number of great resources to explore as we develop a vision for our whole church for this next season.

We would love to hear from you where you have discovered anything new or helpful in engaging with children, young people and families during lockdown so we can share it with others.

Gabby and Kay