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Invited to Belong: Be inspired, challenged and equipped to work with young people with additional needs.

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Invited to Belong (a partnership between Youthscape and Urban Saints) is a six-part journey to consider, alongside those you work with, how you might invite young people with additional needs to find a place of belonging within your community, your youth group, your church. Inside the resource are six envelopes, designed to be opened in order, each with a different reflective task, activity, or challenge inside. Once you’ve completed one, only then should you move on to the next. 

Now you could use these envelopes in a variety of ways – you could set aside a Saturday, get the team together, and lock yourselves away together until you’ve opened every one! If that’s not your style, you could all arrive an hour early to youth group for six weeks and open one at a time… the choice of how you take this journey is up to you. But no matter how you chose to do it, there are some things you can all expect:

  • You can expect to be inspired, by real stories. 
  • To be challenged by the stories we read in the Bible of the encounters Jesus had with people who experienced difficulties, who needed something from him, and what Jesus taught us about inclusion and belonging through their interaction. 
  • To be informed and equipped, with practical knowledge and information that can help you to make real changes. 
  • You can expect to dream bigger. For God’s to expand your vision, and move you. 

And finally, expect, not just your youth work, but also for you, to be changed. To become people who have the heart, the knowledge, and the will, to see every missing young person invited to find a genuine sense of belonging within God's Church.

 

 

 


Downloadable content

The following is designed to be used in conjunction with the Invited to Belong resource pack:

Inspiration to Belong

Stories of inclusion and accessibility done well in churches and Christian youth groups:

Barriers to Belonging

Click on one or more of the following information sheets to help with the Barriers to Belonging session:

Enabling Belonging

For further support and guidance on how to make changes in your context, here's a document that you might find helpful. These top tips were originally compiled in partnership with the Methodist Church for their Belonging Conference:

A Vision for Belonging

The following checklist highlights common barriers and suggests what might need attention so that you can take steps to bring about change in your context.

Invited to Belong

Let's create places across the country where everyone truly belongs! You can download copies of the example invitations below - and if you would like to order some more hard copies of the postcards (while stocks last), you can do so below too:

 

 


Invited to Belong has been developed by Youthscape and Urban Saints. You can purchase your own copy of the resource - or further copies for others in your church or group by clicking here

© Youthscape and Urban Saints 2021

 

 


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