The committee has agreed a programme of activities both short and medium term.
What will happen in 2012/13
Children and Young People (CYP)
Children: primary age
Young people: secondary age
Y1. Welcome CYP to Christ Church.
Y2. Recognise their value.
Y3. Involving CYP in life of church
Y4. Disciple and care for CYP
Y5. Support and pray for local schools.
Y6. Explore outreach to CYP
Y7. Maintain active Child Protection policy
Other: Incorporating Y1-Y7 above
Y1&Y3 Parents, children and youth to be included in welcoming team rota to look out for and nurture contact with CYP who come to services. By end Oct 2012
Dependents:availability of earlier start for families
Liaise with:David & Ann Sharpe
Y1 Quick win: hot chocolate, squash and suitable biscuits to be served by CYP on low table in leisure centre. With immediate effect.
Y1 Quick win: Ensure that consistently at beginning of services, as part of welcome, an announcement is made of child provision & exit door(!) in South Transept (but not to be called that) and toilets & baby changing in the leisure centre. With immediate effect
Liaise with:Service leaders & church wardens giving notices
Y2 Raise profile of CYP with regular highlight of some aspect of CYP in services/on website/in newssheet etc. With immediate effect.
Y3&Y1 Parents, children and youth to be integrated into welcoming team rota, read lessons, bring up collection etc. Ongoing.
Y3 CYP or representatives to take an active part in the planning and delivery of All Age services. By end Sept 2012.
Dependents:Representation on All Age planning groups
Y3 Consideration of admission to communion before confirmation for CYP. Paper to be submitted to PCC for intial consideration to start Diocesan process. Nov 2012
Liaise with:families with children, Incumbent
Y3 Review of all CYP offering (including review against Swindon Youth Charter) via survey to children, parents and young people. Specific actions points to be raised from responses. Survey by end Nov 2012.
Dependents: willingness to engage in survey
Liaise with:children, parents and young people
Y4 Consider feasibility of monthly youth service, in collaboration with nascent initiative at Immanuel. Ongoing.
Liaise with:OTP partners
Y5 Continue putting boxes of chocolate in school staff rooms at Easter and Christmas on behalf of OTP churches. Ongoing.
Y5 Continue to support assembly visits to schools undertaken by OTP church representatives and others, and strengthen contacts with other schools across Swindon. Ongoing.
Dependents:Availability of clergy and other visiting teams
Liaise with: SYFC, Janet Roe, in school, Abi Corry
Y6 Launch Messy church for Primary age children as OTP project. April 2013 latest start.
Dependents:OTP and CC practical support
Liaise with:Mission and Evangelism/FIS/Community groups & OTP Focus and Council
Y6 Continue to run, in conjunction with OTP:
Y7. Full review of Child Protection Policy, paperwork and awareness by end November 2012
Liaise with:Nominated Persons
Other: Work towards Diocesan “Child Friendly Church Award” 2012 (ultimate goal of Gold level longer term). Submit award to recognise achievements to date by end March 2012
Other: Submit budget for CYP activities. End Oct2012