In most churches in the Church of England, young people are vastly outnumbered by older adults. According to a 2020 YouGov poll, only 6% of those aged between 16 to 24 classify themselves as being either Anglican or Episcopal. The Church of England also carried out research in this area, and their ‘Rooted in the Church’ report showed that the average age of church “dropouts” among young people is 14.5 years.
However, across the Church of England there are many stories of flourishing ministry to children and young people – some have been profiled here – and there is now the bold and ambitious aim to double the number of children and young people in our churches by 2030. But how? As well as checking out the National Church Resources, here are some ways to start reaching out to younger generations in your community…
Stories From Around the Diocese
Inspiring Testimony from Southampton Youth Fest 2023
More than 130 people gathered for the 2023 Youth Fest for an incredible weekend of fun and games, worship, teaching and ministry. Young people from churches across Southampton became one church family as they encountered God’s presence together. Read more here.
Celebrating the Success of Summer Holiday Clubs Across the Diocese
Summer holiday clubs and events are not only fantastic fun for kids, they’re also a huge blessing for communities. A large amount of work, from both staff and volunteers, goes into running them too! Read more here.
Chatting Faith – A New Way for Children to Explore Big Questions
The Chatting Faith project is a joint venture between the dioceses of Portsmouth and Winchester which enables children, parents and carers to share story books as a springboard for conversations about Christian faith. Read more here.
Taizé Pilgrimage for Young Adults 2023
A group of young people from Portsmouth Diocese, with whom we share a Schools and Education team, pilgrimaged to Taize during summer 2023. Be inspired by some powerful quotes about how they encountered God in new ways. Read more here.
Reaching Out to Children and Families with Disabilities
St Francis Church, Valley Park, have been awarded a grant by their local council to invest in sensory play equipment, so they can run a play and support group for children with additional needs and their parents and carers. Read more here.
Church-led Young People’s Mental Health Project
A church-led mental health project for young people aged 11-18 is being rolled out to the local community in Totton, based at St Win’s Church. Named ‘The Pillar’, the project will use evidence-based mental health interventions alongside Christian discipleship resources, such as Youth Alpha, and will be delivered by Christians who have relevant experience in mental health. Read more here.
Want to explore new ways of approaching youth ministry? Watch this video with Andy Saunders as he discusses his experience working with young people and his involvement (through Lighthouse Ministries) in the diocese’s BCM course in Children, Youth and Families.
- Bible Stories for Kids
- Cheeky Pandas
- Crossroads Kids’ Club
- KidSpring Children’s Ministry
- Saddleback Kids
- The Holy Tales: Bible
- What’s in the Bible
- Douglas Talks
- Raise Up Faith
- The Way
- Soul Survivor
- Intro Outro
- Elevation Youth
- God and the Big Bang
Youth Bible Resources
- Remember Me Bible App
- The Bible Project
- The Bible in One Year
- Holy Bible
- She Reads Truth, Bible and Devotional App
Other Resources for Children and Young People
Resources for Schools
Resources for Youth Leaders
- Faith in Kids
- The Growing Faith Foundation
- Tearfund – Dare to Journey
- Youth Work Hacks
- Learn to Listen
- Bubble Church
- Future Youth
- Latin Link