NYD Webteam: February 2017
An opportunity that could help our chapels grow stronger.
Read on to find out how your church can benefit from this programme.
The ONE Programme has gone from strength to strength since it started in 2009. Around 80 young people have taken part as ONE Programme Participants (OPPs), taking 'a year on' and making a difference in a variety of projects around the country. Looking back over the past years of the innovative ONE Programme, it is clear that both churches and individual lives have been changed.
Being a ONE Programme Participant is a great opportunity for people aged 16-23 to be a part of a local church project in a year long, paid, training-provided, internship.
OPPs are employed for one year, on a part-time basis, with a local project to help develop the mission and ministry of the Church at a local, regional and national level. OPPs are paid a living wage to work an average of 15 hours a week — most of which is spent in their local project but with some national responsibilities, including working at 3Generate Children's and Youth Assembly and attending four training weekends.
The ONE Programme is more than just a job for the young person. The training and personal development in the programme is excellent and gives participants the skills for starting off, or carrying on in employment as well as developing leadership skills.
Three of the training weekends are delivered at the picturesque Cliff College, Derbyshire and the fourth is at Methodist Conference.
Here are some examples of their work in their own words .
"I am currently planning/writing the nativity at my church... we are hoping that this will build up interest in regular drama sessions... I am also looking to organise an Easter performance."
"I help at 'Explore Together' it takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. I also support the delivery of 'Worship at Together' and help the café church."
"I help with the different Facebook groups for the churches and projects. I am also setting up a twitter and Instagram account for the Methodists in the area."
"I help run kids church activities on Wednesday's from 6:30pm — 8:30pm. We try make it every Wednesday."
"My plan is to help out at my church with the youth club and also set up sports sessions..."
"We are re-designing the upstairs youth room and we are helping out with the fundraising events... and we will be helping bringing the community into the church, so we are going to create a newsletter with upcoming events etc. like Christingle."
"I'm still doing messy church and the first one is on the psalm 23 ..."
"..to develop the following activities: family breakfasts; Costa prayer gatherings; beach art and labyrinths; to write one blog a month for the devotional for sunday@thepub and d-church."
"I do the breakfast club, street dance thing and toddlers sometimes that's about it."
You can make it happen for a young person and for your chapel; just contact Janet Park, Les Nevin or Kevin Pellatt.
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