Ely Youth Leader news from Rachael

Hi there,

I hope that you’ve been surviving the heat or dodging the outbursts showers and hailstones depending on which part of the diocese and eastern region you’ve been in this week!

A few notes of news and update from me before the summer well and truly hits! Whatever you are up to, may I wish you an excellent summer time, a good breather, and I look forward to journeying with you in the next academic year in all that it will bring!

Some news, events and an exciting job-role I’d love to draw your attention to…… as follows:

· Job Vacancy – ‘Secondary Schools Coordinator

We are advertising a new role that will be based within the Mission Team of Ely Diocese and working in a designated hub area to develop the work in Secondary Schools in that area. The person will work in 1-2 schools within that area as well as working strategically with local Churches in order to encourage, equip, train and mobilise volunteers within local churches in their engagement with their local Secondary Schools. For more information – see the poster/advert attached, see the vacancies page at www.elydiocese.org or contact mission@elydiocese.org for an application pack.

· Two Free Seminar Events in the autumn – again hosted by Ely Diocese in partnership with the Cambridge Youthwork Collective

Event posters attached. Both events to be held at Kings Ely. To book your free space, get in early and email mission.events@elydiocese.org

Thurs 22nd September, 7:30-9:30pm  – REPEAT Seminar due to popular demand – ‘Depression & Loneliness amongst Young People’ led by CAMHS

Weds. 16th November, 7:30-9:30pm – ‘Challenging the Culture of Pornography amongst Young People’ – led by Rachel Gardner, Romance Academy

· Local Mission Project Fund Grants (as part of Ely 2025 Growth Fund)

As part of the ELY 2025 10-year Strategy that was launched in the autumn of 2015, there is grant-funding available for any group/church/initiative who seeks funds to support any new missional initiative that they are engaging in, in collaboration with others. For more information about the Local Mission Project fund click here  or for larger initiatives and pots of funding, please explore the options for Growth Fund grants by clicking  here

· Vision & Strategy Evenings

Does your Church have a strategy for its work with children and young people? Would you value the opportunity to consider what you as a Church are trying to achieve?  Could you gather all those involved in your Youth/Children’s work for one evening to explore what needs to be developed or changed within your discipleship of children and young people to reach these aims?

If you would value a consultation and advice from the Children’s and Youth Advisers to help your Church move forward, we offer a simple three-step process to identify your priorities and to increase the effectiveness of your ministry amongst children and young people. Contact Debbie Hill (Children’s Adviser) – debbie.hill@elydiocese.org  / Rachael Heffer (Youth Adviser) – rachael.heffer@elydiocese.org

· Calling all Youthworkers! The next Collective Termly event will take place on Tuesday 27th September, 9am-12pm, at Great Shelford Free Church. Come along for breakfast, bacon butties, coffee, worship and networking. We will be happy to welcome Phil Timson of Hope Revolution and gain further insight into what plans for Hope 2018 are emerging and what this could look like for us, in  engaging young people in mission across this region. For the full programme and details, click here

· HEADS UP! National Youth Agency call for Youthwork Week 2016 :

This year’s Youth Work Week will be held from 7-13 November 2016. The theme – Fair chances: How youth work helps young people to brighter futures, focusing on how youth work can support young people’s life opportunities.

· Lastly……Soul Survivor is coming to the EAST!

As you may well have hopefully seen, via their Facebook News release put out last week, as of 2017 Soul Survivor wave goodbye to Shepton Mallett and pitch up a new summery camp in Peterborough! A

great opportunity for our regions’ young people and youthleaders. Watch this space for more info….

May I wish you again a wonderful, restful, and very happy summertime! Do drop me a note anytime if I can further help to serve, resource, equip you or your Church in any way.

Every blessing,


Rachael Heffer

Youth Adviser & Mission Communications

Department of Mission

Diocese of Ely

Working Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday

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Mobile: 07495 638 803