Youth and Children’s Zone

Young people walking

Youth work is at a time of crisis for many churches, but help is at hand. Hosted by Youth for Christ, you will find specialist advice from a range of organisations in our Youth and Children’s Zone

What does today’s digital world look like for young people? How can we support an increasing number facing mental health issues? What are the best ways to reach their unchurched families? Where can we find resources to help young people engage in the Bible in a practical and creative way?

These and other key questions will be addressed in the Youth and Children’s Zone at CRE 2018.

‘You will discover a wide range of people passionate about working with children, young people and families,’ says Laura Hancock (pictured) of zone sponsors Youth for Christ. ‘Whether you have been involved in youth or children’s work for years, or have never considered it until now, we would love to meet you.’

As well as providing a space for visitors to talk to experts and discover new resources, a rolling programme of 10 to 15-minute ‘CRED’ talks throughout the day will introduce a range of relevant topics.

‘You are welcome to drop in at any time throughout the three days,’ said Laura. ‘There are also in-depth seminars in the main exhibition programme, particularly on Thursday (18 Oct) when there is a special focus on youth and children’s ministry.’

Youth and children’s work seminars include:

Messy Church
Lucy Moore, BRF
Tuesday 16 October, 12 noon
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Introducing the new Youth Bible

Dan Lodge, Bible Society Resources and YFC
Tuesday 16 October, 3pm
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YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S DAY
Thursday 18 October

11am: How to have honest conversations with young people about sex and God

Sarah Smith, Lion Hudson

12 noon: Introducing the new Youth Bible

Laura Hancock, YFC and Bible Society Resources

12 noon: Discover the potential of puppetry and creative arts

Ian Jones, One Way UK

12 noon: Communicating with young people in a digital age

Phil Knox, Evangelical Alliance

2pm: Parenting for faith
Rachel Turner, Messy Church

2pm: Creating intentional culture in your youth group

Dan Lodge, YFC

2.15pm: Church Times Live: Where are all the young people? Is there hope for the future of our church?

A panel discussion with youth workers, chaired by Madeleine Davies, features editor at Church Times

3pm: Building a family ministry in your church

Jo Squires, YFC

3pm: Building a viable youth network to drive transformative change
Leandra Mika, Believers’ LoveWorld

3pm: Inspiring and equipping every young person to share their faith

Phil Knox, EA

Exhibitors in the Youth and Children’s Zone

Exhibitors include:

acet UK
Bible Educational Services
Breaking the power of Secularism
Demco Europe Ltd (Articles of faith)
Every Day God Encounters
Hope Now
Hope UK
Kisumu Children Trust
Pulse Ministries
Word for Word Bible Comic
Youth for Christ
Youthscape

Complete seminar programme 2018
Download the programme

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Save the date for CRE 2018!
Join us at Sandown Park: 16-18 October 2018