MK based Youthwork+ write:
“To cut a long story short, we believe God gave us a passion to be champions for young people and to encourage, support and empower work with children and young people. In 2019 somehow, we ended up in the right place at the right time (God’s timing!) to start working towards setting up Youthwork+ as a non profit, the rest is not too distant history!
Youthwork+ seeks to inspire and support churches, projects and Christian ministries to see more young people’s lives transformed and hopefully more young people finding a home within supportive church communities.
Our vision is for churches and all those within them working with children and young people, to feel valued, supported, equipped and encouraged to learn from each other and work together to enable the kingdom of God to breakthrough into the lives of children and young people in their community.
It’s not about duplicating or competing with existing youth work at churches or charities, the hope is to enable more unity, opportunities for sharing resources and expertise and to champion work with children & youth together.
We aim to help resource, equip, support and offer training to youth and children’s leaders so that they can lead children’s and youth ministry that supports the wellbeing of children and young people (from all backgrounds) and encourages them to explore the Bible in engaging ways, respond to the huge hope and lavish love found in Jesus and grow in faith.”
In their first Newsletter, Youthwork+ write:
“This year has been a challenge for all of us and we’ve all had to adapt, be patient, scrap plans and many of us have had to rethink our work with kids and youth. Despite the chaos and uncertainty of the Coronavirus pandemic we know God is still at work across Milton Keynes and beyond in the lives of children and young people.
Youth and children have been among the hardest groups to engage with online. We realise youth and children’s leaders need support & encouragement now more than ever. Young people too continue to be affected by the pandemic, school is different, they can’t hang out with friends in the same way, education was disrupted for months, exams were cancelled, social skills have been lost, anxiety has increased, child hunger has increased and many are experiencing collective trauma from repurcussions of the pandemic.
It isn’t all doom and gloom though, the Church across the UK still has a great opportunity to make a huge difference to children and youth. Young people still massively need support and encouragement from Christian leaders like you and I who can show them the hope and joy found in Jesus.
Our passion is to keep cheering on christian leaders to engage with children and young people in meaningful ways and share God’s hope in profound ways. If we can help you in any way we’re really keen to!
Founder of Youthwork+”
You can get in touch with the team here and sign up to their newsletter here