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In November, our Mission of the Month giving is devoted to Anglican Youthworks. Youthworks exists to work with churches and schools in Word ministry to children, youth and families, to raise missional disciples for the glory of God.
Youthworks‘ amazing ministries include provision of Safe Ministry Training (for child protection), SRE (Scripture) curriculum publishing & teacher accreditation, book publishing, school & holiday camps, conference venues, outdoor education internship programs, quality youth (fervr.net) & family ministry (growingfaith.com.au) websites, & the Youthworks College to train children & youth ministers.
I have personally seen the growth of Christian kids (years 9-12) going on the LIT (Leaders in Training) conference, each January. Likewise, I commend their Year 13 Gap Year. And I delight in Josh Hayward’s development as a diploma of theology Youthworks student.
At the recent Synod, our Archbishop Glenn Davies commended the new, six-story building for Moore College on the corner of King Street and Carillon Avenue, Newtown…
It will provide the physical resources that we need for the next fifty years, with ample space to house our world class library, a larger gathering place for the students, as well as purpose-built areas for the staff and faculty.
He added some comments about the training of future youth and children’s ministers…
Within the campus of Moore College, Youthworks College will relocate as from January 2017. This too is an exciting development, as it will bring the training of youth and children’s minsters into closer proximity to the resources of Moore College, while still remaining a separate entity under the leadership of its Principal, the Reverend Dr Bill Salier. I should add that the need for youth and children’s ministers is still great in our Diocese, though the labourers are few. I would encourage all our parishes to identify those with gifts in this area to consider whether it is their vocation either as ordained or lay minsters to bring the gospel to the young hearts and minds of the next generation.
Parish Council Update from October’s meeting