Can we run groups and meet up with young people?
The National Youth Agency have moved us to “Red” on their Rediness Framework. This, with a few VERY specific exceptions move us to offering only online provision.
You are advised to work with the guidance issued which you will find here
Relationship is key
The feedback from families and young people has been how much they appreciated contact. Visits, phone calls, and from one church, handwritten postcards, all helped to connect, support, listen, and to maintain a two way relationship. If there are families or young people you have lost connection with, it’s not too late to be in touch; to ask how it is going, how the church can support them, and what you can be praying for. Check out our ‘six things’ resource sheets on our dedicated Disciples Together page.
The Contemplative Toolkit
We will be publishing the Contemplative Toolkit for use with adults and young people early next year. It’s draft form at the moment but a number of groups have been running the first two practices over online platforms during this crisis. The Introduction, and the practices of “Stilling” and “Noticing” are available for you to try and use too. You might want to watch how children at Goring primary school used the toolkit as we developed it.
The Contemplative Toolkit for Families is also being developed and here is the Noticing Exercise suitable for use with children in Foundation Stage as well as Key Stages 1 and 2. We would also encourage the breadth of generations in your family or household to join in.
When someone who a child knows well dies, their world changes in an instant. The temptation is to try to protect children from the effects of grief and facing the stark reality of death. However, the reality is that children need to know about death and to be supported in helping them work out responses and to deal with their own grief. These resources are offered for anyone supporting a child at this time.