CYF links and resources
This page offers articles and resources to help us reflect on children, young people and familes.
Reports and articles
Good Childhood Report from the Children’s Society.
CYF Round Table and Baptists Together produced resources
Even though there are a vast number of resources on the Christian market to enable young people to reflect on their Christian faith, few (if any) intentionally enable Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnics to see their image reflected in the resources. This new resource aims to address that imbalance. Drawing on culturally diverse images, exercises and activities, Wonderful Youth is unapologetically multicultural. The material seeks to affirm, both theologically and culturally, all young people between the ages of 13-16.
This year’s five sessions are designed to be used during Black History Month – October 2018. Wonderful Youth provides a window of opportunity for churches and youth groups to engage with the resource throughout October, exploring and celebrating some of the historical and current unique contributions from our multicultural society. As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Baptist minister Martin Luther King, Wonderful Youth makes reference to his contribution to Baptists and others.
Download from here.
The CYF Round Table Toolkit for churches
- Joining the dots between church, home and school
Guide to Employing a Children’s,Youth and Family Worker
Reflecting on children and Youth
Supporting Local Schools
PAUSE - interactive prayer space for young people at school
Today... not tomorrow - transforming the church for all ages
The Beacon Church have produced this excellent resource to help people step into Halloween and reclaim it for Jesus.
Various resources in the Resource Library
The key findings are:
Pressure to fit in with society's expectations is making children unhappy?
Alarming numbers of children are self-harming?
Non-stop comments about appearance are harmful to girls' well-being?
Outdated gender stereotypes are damaging to boys' and girls' happiness?
Family relationships are particularly important for girls?
I wonder what aspect of this report stirs you the most
I wonder what aspect of the report is the most important
I wonder how this report challenges Baptists Together
I wonder how the Baptist family might respond with hope
What helps lift the spirit from sore to soar?
The recent Children’s Ministry Network conference explored issues around children’s well-being and mental health
. Sian Hiancock attended on behalf of the CYF Round Table
Helping children find a faith that lasts
. Raising Faith is a new title from Care for the Family full of stories and encouragement to help parents feel confident about nurturing faith in our children. https://www.baptist.org.uk/Articles/521207/Helping_children_find.aspx
Report on the 2017 Godly play conference
The Children’s Society theology papers (with discussion guide) focussing on the importance of listening to children and young people.
Children’s Society Good Childhood Report 2016
Parenting for Faith provides resources to help young people develop a lasting and vibrant relationship with God https://parentingforfaith.org
Youth for Christ - https://www.yfcresources.co.uk/
'TIC+ (Teens in Crisis) provides face-to-face and online counselling services across Gloucestershire for young people aged 9-21 and their families. At TIC+ we care. We're here to listen and support you – not to judge you. Our mission is to improve, preserve and promote good mental health and well-being among young people and their families.'