Youth and children
We established a Cluster
Children and Families Group which is linking to schools work and Schools
Days and providing social activities including swimming, bowling and play
activities for under fives. We are offering and supporting training of
leaders and others involved. At the same time we acknowledge the work of
the uniformed groups across the cluster and are looking at ways of improving
our support to them. Many young people are supported in trips to Taize
and Greenbelt too. Our next Schools Day for Year 2 children is being
planned for 2010 and recently a cross curricular day for secondary aged
pupils was held at St Maryís. Teams of clergy and laity visit schools and
provide assembles, arts projects, games, mentoring etc. and we are
supporting and encouraging the work of Christian Governors.
As a Cluster we are
supporting the work of the Diocesan Youth Officer who is providing breakfast
club and other activities from the base at The Charter Academy linked to St
Our plans include working
with the elderly and institutions and agencies that provide care and support
and making provision for quiet days.
As part of the Churches
Together team, and working with the Management Team at Gunwharf we have
successfully developed and established the Gunwharf Commercial Chaplaincy
Team and more recently have set up the Cascades City Centre Chaplaincy which
is supported by the Cascades Management Team and Portsmouth City Council.
The teams of chaplains are guided and supported well in their work and meet
together regularly. We continually look to recruit and expand the chaplaincy
teams and extend this work to other areas of the City.
Groups are working on a
programme of shared events, shared worship, other celebrations and social
activities. In 2008 an ecumenical event was held in Victoria Park. We
all support the work of the recently appointed Pioneer Minister for the
Inner City Parishes - the Ministerís blog can be found at
We are aiming to extend
good practice by creating a range of shared resources for marriage
preparation, baptism preparation, bereavement care and funeral follow up
with the possibility of this eventually being ecumenical.