Diocese of Chichester Youth

The Journey Conference Report and Resources

Report on the Journey Conference 2019

The Journey Conference attracted over 100 children’s and family work leaders across both days who work either as volunteers or are salaried in parishes across the Diocese of Chichester. There were 4 keynote sessions which not only gave a general overview of children’s work in the Church of England but also insights into what is happening in our own Diocese. These sessions were interspersed with optional workshops offering a range of specialisms such as school pastoral work, ideas for school assemblies, running toddler groups as mission initiatives, organising all-age communion services, Godly Play, ideas for leading worship with families, reaching out to children and families in our communities and including and supporting children with additional needs.

There was an exhibition of resources, presentations from publishers and books and materials available to buy and also free literature and samples to take home. People were invited to complete evaluation forms for each day and there was an overwhelming consensus on the need for this type of conference at least every one or two years. Most people also commented that they would encourage others to attend next time because it was so helpful. One of the most useful outcomes of the conference appeared to be networking with others, conversations flowed over coffee as people compared notes during the breaks and were able to talk personally with the speakers. New friendships were forged as people shared that sometimes children’s work can be quite isolating.

These were some of the various comments gathered in the feedback forms:

Informative and dynamic! As ever the networking with contacts from other churches has been very helpful. Thoroughly, enjoyed the day. Plenty of variety. Inspiring speakers. Very interesting and encouraging. Love the stats. Brilliantly practical. So much covered! Beautiful space, excellent refreshments, very encouraging. Thankyou, this has been a really helpful and encouraging day, I wish I could have made both days. It is always helpful to meet others who are passionate about children’s work and the workshops were all really relevant and helpful. Fantastic thank you! Amazing - praise God! Loved Gareth keeping it real! Thank you for the oasis of encouragement and support in what can seem a barren desert. Very high standard of speakers. Truly inspiring. I’m going to have more dialogue with parents. Use the Diocesan strapline more – to know love follow Jesus. Make a special lunch for the volunteer team. Commission and recommission the volunteer team. Lead by example. Lots of interaction – the closing session was important in sharing the draft vision, obtaining feedback towards it and sharing thoughts amongst the Diocesan church family - thankyou Bishop Richard.

We will be posting up further comments, ideas, suggestions, handouts and PowerPoints over the next few weeks on this web site.