Meet your CYDO
Richard Knott began work with the Synod on 6th January 2020 as Children and Youth Development Officer (CYDO).
Richard joins the Synod with a wealth of experience in children’s and youth ministry in both volunteer and paid roles spanning more than two decades. Richard also has a degree in Children’s and Youth Ministry following part-time study at Cliff College. Richard and his wife Sharon are relocating from Edinburgh and their adult son is staying behind.
“I am delighted to have this God given opportunity to serve
alongside you in seeking to connect with and to engage
children and young people in a life of following Jesus.
I am passionate about the church as the body of Christ
which is at its best when all ages are fully involved together.”
Richard is new to the Synod and new to the URC. He is keen to make connections with churches of all shapes and sizes across the Synod, those with healthy and active connections with children and young people and those that currently do not have such connections (yet).
You are encouraged to make contact with Richard who would be delighted to hear from you.
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introducing virtual 'meet your CYDO for Coffee and Chat.
Each Wednesday during our time of physical isolation, I will be available online to meet you and chat between 10am and 4pm. There is no prescribed agenda and we can chat about anything you want to chat about. So perhaps you have a new idea for your engagement with children, young people or families to discuss or you simply need someone else to chat with during isolation or you simply want to say a quick hello and meet your new cydo, anything at all please feel free to join and to leave again at any time.
Simply use this Zoom link to join my virtual meeting room. You do need to bring your own coffee! (Other drinks are also acceptable and cake too!)
Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/744197327
Join Richard online (via Zoom) for a series of CORE Skills for Children's Ministry training sessions.
Register for each session (without charge) by clicking on the link. You need to register for each session you would like to attend. You don't need to attend all four - but why wouldn't you?
1. Child Development (14 May, 7-9pm)
2. Working as a team (28 May, 7-9pm)
3. Programme Planning (11 June, 7-9pm)
4. The Bible and prayer (25 June, 7-9pm)
Have you thought about becoming a Child Friendly Church?
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Contact Richard Knott
Children and Youth Development Officer
West Midlands Synod
What does a CYDO do?
The role of the Children’s and Youth Development Officer has a number of key tasks as set out by the Synod
To encourage the training and support of children and young people, in both personal development and participation in the structures of the church.
To encourage Ministers and local churches to develop links and create opportunities for young adults and children to be included in initiatives within the church and the community served by the church, in partnership with Areas and Synod.
To provide training, support, information about resources, for people working with children and young people.
To develop and support a Youth Executive as a forum for young adults to meet together, share with each other and to provide opportunities to input into decision making bodies within the Synod and wider church.
a question to consider
What would you most like your Children and Youth Development Officer to offer you and your church? You can send your answers on a postcard to the Synod Office or email email@example.com
The assembly children's and youth team
The Children’s and Youth team at Church house offer a variety of resources and support to URC congregations via www.urc.org.uk/our-work/children-and-youth (link opens in a new window), these include;