Bishop advances youth role in Chichester diocese

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THE BISHOP of Chichester has stressed plans to refocus the diocese’s work with young people in Sussex are ‘well advanced’.

Martin Warner has announced a ‘wide-ranging engagement’ with children and young people’s work as part of wider review being undertaken by the diocese.

The aim, he said, was to ‘offer excellent service to our parishes’ in emphasising the importance of children’s and youth ministries.

Speaking yesterday (March 10), Dr Warner said: “Plans for the development of work with children and young people in the diocese of Chichester are now taking shape, as part of a major review of the support and administrative departments based at Church House, Hove.”

The bishop outlined plans being discussed, which included building on the work of the YES team (You Equipped to Serve), offer training and qualifications for anyone engaged in youth work, establish a youth council, engage young people in the decision-making processes of the diocese and encourage and monitor this work.

Dr Warner said the Church of England needed to be more accountable for the way in which it used its resources and his main aim was to offer young people a ‘safe and exciting place to learn more about the Christian faith’.

He said the Chichester diocese’s investment in staffing in this area was among the highest in the Church of England.