Our support for children, young people and families

Nurturing and loving relationships are at the heart of our work with young people and their families.  

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Nurturing and loving relationships are at the heart of our work with young people and their families.  By getting to know one another, we can work out how best to support and care for them. It is summed up in our Children, Youth and Families Vision:

 

To inspire children, young people and their families:

  • To discover faith and grow as followers of Jesus Christ

  • For the whole of life in a changing world

  • As part of a loving and serving church family

We strive to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible and we recognise that this will look different to different people. So please contact me at any time.

Lorraine Jones, Family Ministry Coordinator at HWMC

Lorraine Jones

Family Ministry Coordinator

Email: families@hwmc.org.uk

Mobile:  07850 631168

 

Get Involved

Young Church Community Action

Our young church has always had a heart for reaching out to our community and for making our world a better place. This is something we can do without the need for a building. We have a year of activities to come - both planned and ad hoc.

Monday Monkeys

Monday Monkeys is a group for babies and preschool children to play in a safe and friendly environment alongside their parents, grandparents and carers. We are open every Monday morning in term time between 10am and 11:30am. The £1 charge per child includes a drink and biscuit for children and adults.

 

We have a huge range of activities and crafts for the children to do, lots of games and toys to play with, and a song time at the end. Our volunteers are warm, friendly and welcoming and always want to make sure your experience is a good one.

Cartoon image of some dynamite, from which the Tuesday Night Troop at HWMC gets its TNT name.

ONE Family

ONE Family is a place where we can share food, be together and explore the the Bible in exciting and creative ways. Parents can drop off primary age children at 5pm to have some food and fun, then join us again at 6:30pm for half an hour of worship.

 

This is held on the first Friday of the month at the Circuit Hub:

Melbourne Terrace, Cemetery Road, York YO10 5AH

Contact Lorraine Jones, at lorraine.jones@yorkmethodistyouth.org.uk

Mental Health and Resilience

We offer support through pastoral care and a range of initiatives such as children's self-esteem and resilience courses (Little Miss Unique and Man-Made) and a “back to school resilience pack.” We will also be offering short videos and activities on the Church’s YouTube channel. Contact our Families Worker if you would like to know more.

Download our free workbook:

Bring It On – Adapting to Change and Building Resilience

The Open the Book logo, showing a cartoon of the Three Wise Men standing and looking into an open Bible.

Open the Book

Once a fortnight, we take the Bible into our local primary schools and bring it to life. The children love to see and be involved in the dramas and they walk into their assembly time with their hands already up to volunteer.

 

Sharing the stories this way is incredibly powerful and the children remember them years later. After many months of sending videos in to schools, the team are now very excited to be able to share the stories in person again!

The book Faith At Home, one of many used byHWMC's Faith At Home group to help families introduce their faith to their children.

Faith at Home

The key influence on whether a child comes to faith is their family –  Eeek! No pressure! Living out our faith at home can be a daunting prospect. Finding time when there are so many other pressures on family life is difficult.

 

To give you a starting point, we provide small packs with lots of ideas for conversation starters and activities that you can build into your family life in a way that suits you. Just drop us a line if you’d like to sign up for a pack — families@hwmc.org.uk

 

Baptisms and Thanksgivings

Talk to our Families Worker about holding your child’s special service in our Church. Talk to Lorraine on 07850 631168 or email her at families@hwmc.org.uk

Logo of the York Methodist Circuit's One X Youth Group, which teenagers at HWMC can join and be a part of.

One X Youth Group

This is the York Circuit based Youth Group (age 10–16) which allows our young people to be part of something bigger. We meet in person once a month on Friday evenings at the York Methodist Circuit Hub, which is near the Barbican in the town centre. Once a month we also meet using Zoom. We have something to eat and explore life, faith and what it means to be a Christian in today’s world … as well as having a huge amount of fun in the process — pizza making, games, bowling, trampolining, just for starters!

 

The activities are driven by what the young people want to do. Oh, and, very importantly, there is rather nice hoodie that comes with it!

 

Contact Lorraine Jones, at lorraine.jones@yorkmethodistyouth.org.uk

Logo of the York Methodist Circuit's One Opportunity Internship, which young adults at HWMC can join and be a part of.

One Opportunity Internship

Naturally following on from One X, the one opportunity allows 16-23 year olds the chance to explore their calling within the church in a more formal role. It is a year long paid internship, for 12 hours per month. As part of the role, the young person may have a project to complete within their own church. They are also encouraged to attend weekends away with the other interns to explore their faith and calling further and make good friendships with the other interns. The help needed with this will depend on the project.