Network Gatherings

Our next Network Gathering...

The next Youth and Children's Network Gathering will take place on Wednesday 15th November, 2017 from 7-9:30pm at Todwick Church Parish Hall (S26 IHN)

Please book your place by emailing Lucy Nunn (, giving her your name, the names of anyone else you're bringing, and the name of the church you belong to.  The evening is free, but we'd like to get enough dessert in for everyone.

The 2017 Joined Up Conference

The second annual JOINED UP CONFERENCE for children's, youth, families and schools workers was held on Saturday 11 March, 2017, 9:30 - 3:45pm at St Thomas Church, Philadelphia.  Nearly 200 workers and volunteers gathered for an inspiring day of talks, workshops, worship and food.  The Joined Up Conference is part of our strategy for networking and training our workers and volunteers at least three time per year.

Full details of all previous Joined Up Conferences can be found at:


Previous 'Gatherings'...

On Wednesday 24 May, youth and children's workers and volunteers from across the diocese gathered at St Peter's, Warmsworth to worship, eat and consider how our children and young people can be 'Rooted in the Church'.  As ever, dessert was on offer all night, CLC bookshop was there and our Centenary Project band led us in worship.

Below, is the main presentation from the evening, around the Rooted in the Church report from the Church of England.

On Wednesday 16 November, 45 youth and children's workers and volunteers gathered together at Holy Trinity Thorpe Hesley for an evening of training, worship, resources, relationship building and desserts!  New resources for Christmas were shared, and we had a chance to laugh, pray and talk with each other.  These Network Gathering evenings are really important for us to develop our ministry with those we work with, and a great way of staying in touch with friends.  The next one is on 24th May 2017.

40 children's and youth workers from in and around Doncaster met together on Thursday 26 May, 2016 for the second Network Gathering event in the diocese.  Mike North led the evening at St Francis of Assisi Church in West Bessacarr, where Revd Richard Heard made us very welcome, and curate Adam Priestley shared some stories from Franky's - a youth project reaching out to young people in the community.  One of our new Centenary Project workers, Dan Fall led a short time of worship, and everyone was given the opportunity to share creative ideas around tables while enjoing some yummy desserts.

To stay in touch with news of events, resources and other children and young people’s workers in the diocese, join the following Facebook groups:
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Over 50 children’s and youth workers met together on Wednesday 18 November, 2015 for an uplifting evening of ideas sharing, connecting with others, prayer and worship.  This was the first Network Gathering event which is part of the new pattern of supporting, encouraging, resourcing and inspiring those who work with children and young people across the diocese.

“There was a lovely feeling of family and unity in the room, and it was great to see so many people sharing ideas, questions, advice and email addresses!” said Mike North, the diocesan Children and Young People’s Advisor who hosted the evening at Todwick Parish Hall.

Free desserts, nibbles and drinks were provided throughout the evening to show appreciation for all that these faithful leaders do in their work with those under 18 in our churches. There were resources available to buy, and a number of invited guests to share about their various areas of expertise.

Helen Cockayne, the Centenary Project Leader was also present to share some of the vision behind the new network of employed workers across the diocese, which will link in with these three annual events.  (