Serving every school

Young people are growing up searching for identity and meaning and purpose. The Church is in a fantastic position to help.

The re-imagining of our ministry with children and young people is one of seven areas of focus as we seek to become a more Christ-like Church. How can we meet their need for sanctuary and safe spaces, for contemplation and purpose, for acceptance and identity?

There are reports of ‘an epidemic of anxiety’ for young people. Did you know that one in ten children aged 5-16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder? One in four girls aged 14 self-harm in some way. For boys the symptoms are often different, but the inner turmoil is the same.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

The Diocese of Oxford works with 15,000 children and young people every week in our churches and we share in the education of 60,000 children at 282 church schools, and many more through 18 multi-academy trusts and independent schools. No other group of people in the Thames Valley is in a better position to help.

Serving every school in our community

Each of us has something to contribute. The inside cover of this magazine includes the story of a church and school partnership in Thatcham. Could this happen in your town or village? And there’s an urgent call for school governors and trustees on the back cover. Might that be you?

We want to build stronger links with every school, led by teams from local churches and supported by our Diocesan Chaplaincy Adviser. You don’t need to be ordained to lead a schools chaplaincy initiative. Discover 10 ways to build a closer relationship with your local school.

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