Growing Faith is part of a national movement, endorsed by the Church of England and the House of Bishops, that puts children, young people and families at the heart of the mission and ministry of the Church, making the most of the opportunities for mission that lie at the interface between church, school and community.
The Diocese of Salisbury is excited to be part of the Growing Faith movement, a key strand in the new diocesan vision and under creative local partnerships in mission.
Central to the development of Growing Faith is our commitment to listening and responding to children and young people. To enable them to influence the life of their schools, local church, and the diocese through sharing stories, dreaming dreams and enabling children and young people to be leaders of mission, especially in those areas for which children and young people are so passionate including (but not limited to) environmental issues, equality, inclusion and diversity.
In developing our approach to Growing Faith we will:
Proactively support the development of chaplaincy presence across our schools and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), enabling the spiritual development of children and young people and their families within an authentic intergenerational community of faith.
Affirm the vocation and calling of children and young people to be leaders of mission within their local contexts.
Encourage the growth of opportunity for those called to minister with and amongst children and young people.
Develop a network to bring together individuals and teams around key areas if engagement with children and young people, and their families, for exampleUnder 5’s.
Develop our response to the growing mental health and wellbeing (MHWB) crisis within our schools and communities.
Build strategic partnerships with the Cathedral and other schools in the independent sector
For more information and resources on supporting the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people, visit the Faith at Home website.