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Yellow Braces 2024

Yellow Braces is the long-running diocesan youth festival. It is a weekend of fun, malarkey, activities, food and engaging with Christianity, faith and life.

Yellow Braces runs from 12-14 July. This year we return to the cosy wooden ‘yurts’ at the Adventure Base at Clanfield, the home of Adventure Plus.

There's something for everyone – games, crafts, challenges and competitions. There are also regular sessions of worship, and we look at what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

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Space Makers for families

A brand new contemplation and reflection resource from the Diocese of Oxford.

The new pack is specially designed to equip caregivers, parents, grandparents and Godparents with tools to nurture their own everyday faith and spiritual journey, alongside the children and family members with whom they live.

Space Makers for Families is designed in an easily accessible way for children – even the youngest – to take part, share their reflections, lead and guide the practices.

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Training
 

2024
ODBF Space Makers

7 March - St Katharine's, Parmoor - 8.45am-3.30pm - book now

Heart to Heart (Empowering Our Volunteers)

16 March - free event - St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 9.30am-3.30pm - in partnership with St Andrew's Church, this link takes you to the booking page at St Andrew's Church - click here

Space Makers for Families Retreat

22-23 March - a one night retreat for families - St Katharine's, Parmoor - to book click here

ODBE Space Makers

25 April - Warwick Hall, Burford - 8.45am-3.30pm - to book click here

Induction Day for Children, Young People and Family Ministers

17 May - newly employed within the last 12 months - to book click here

DEPTH day retreats

May and October - for VOLUNTEER Children, Young People and Family Ministers - further details coming soon - to register an interest contact Bev Higgs

ODBF Space Makers

19 June - Douai Abbey, Woolhampton - 8.45am-3.30pm - to book click here

Induction Day for Children, Young People and Family Ministers

5 September - newly employed within the last 12 months - to book click here

Heart to Heart (Training and Commissioning Day)

9 November - venue T.B.C. - to register an interest contact Bev Higgs

2025
DEPTH Retreats

January - 24-48 hour, for parish EMPLOYED Children, Young People and Family Ministers - further details coming soon - to register an interest contact Bev Higgs

DEPTH day retreats

May and October - for VOLUNTEER Children, Young People and Family Ministers - further details coming soon - to register an interest contact Bev Higgs

Yellow Braces 2025

11-13 July - Adventure Plus, Clanfield, Oxon - to register an interest contact Bev Higgs


 

Spiritual development

Your own spiritual nurture is of paramount importance as you spiritually accompany children and young people.

Personal Discipleship Plans are an invitation to have a spiritual conversation with an encourager who will ask a series of open questions and who will listen carefully to you your responses, helping you to notice where God is at work and discern God’s voice in your calling and ministry. Contact Bev Higgs requesting a PDP.  

Contemplative Toolkit(s) and training

Contemplative Toolkits are our way of supporting the spiritual nurture of children and young people through easy access contemplative practices in schools, at home and in church groups and worship. The core practices of Stilling, Noticing, Dwelling, Mending and Blessing are developed from mainly Ignatian Spiritual practices.

Take a look at Space Makers: The Contemplative Toolkit for Schools and Churches, and enjoy this sneaky peak of the Noticing exercise in the forthcoming Contemplative Toolkit for Families.

Oxfordshire Godly Play Network

All are welcome to join Godly Practitioners who meet a few times a year. Please contact group coordinator Carol Carter.

Learning opportunities

Various courses for any interested learner are available through Oxford Diocese Lifelong Learning programme.

Other sources of training and development

Consultancy, mentoring, support and bespoke training

There are a team of Discipleship Enablers attached to each of the Archdeaconries. They also hold specialisms across youth work and ministry, children’s and family ministry, and partnership with schools. They would be delighted to hear from you.

Page last updated: Tuesday 27th February 2024 12:11 PM

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