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2017 Conference

Highlights videos and keynote addresses were recorded (see resource cards below).  There were three workshop slots in the day, and delegates chose from the following interactive workshops labelled [C] for children’s work, [Y] for youth work, [F] for families work and [S] for Schools work.  


  • Naughty and Nice! Understanding children’s spirituality [C] – Carolyn Edwards (Cliff College).
  • Never Underestimate the Power of a Puppet  [C]  [S] – Ian Jones (One Way Ministries).
  • Godly Play  [C]  [S] – Kathryn Lord (Godly Play UK trainer).
  • Getting to Grips with Family Ministry: principles and practice [F] – Gail Adcock.
  • Young People and Mental Health  [C]  [F]  [Y] – Rachel Newham (Think Twice).
  • Engaging Young People outside the Church  [Y]  [F]  [S] – Pete Baker (PAIS UK)
  • Schools Ministry [S] – Neal and Nicki Goodwin.


  • All Age Worship  [C]  [Y]  [F] – Helen Cockayne.
  • Godly Play  [C]  [S] – Kathryn Lord (Godly Play UK trainer)
  • Special Needs / Autism  [C]  [F] – Melissa Simmonds (St Andrews, Psalter Lane & St Gabriel Greystones)
  • Do young people care these days?  [Y] – Ben Palmer (The Children’s Society).
  • Poverty and its Effects on Young People  [Y]  – Nick Waterfield.
  • White Working Class Boys – an educational underclass [Y]  [S]  – Tim Elgar (The Centenary Project and until recently, e:merge)
  • Identity Matters (sexuality, LGBT)  [Y]  [S] – Jody Wigfull-Coy.
  • Creative Engagement with your local school  [S] – Amy Tolmie (


  • Challenging Behaviour [C]  [Y] – Hannah Mounsey.
  • Godly Play  [C]  [S] – Kathryn Lord (Godly Play UK trainer)
  • Gaming for Children – Guardians of Ancora  [C]  [S] – Geoff Brown (Scripture Union)
  • Messy Church – Fun, Food and Faith for all the Family!  [C]  [F] – Kim Gabbatiss.
  • Social Media and the Digital Age  [Y] – Ben Palmer (The Children’s Society).
  • Youth.  Vacant:Engaged?  [Y]  – Meg Prowting.
  • Getting Started with Prayer Spaces in Schools  [S]  [C]  [Y]  – Phil Togwell (Prayer Spaces)
  • Using Sports as a tool to engage with Children and Young People in Ministry [S]  [Y]  [C] – Chris Nall (Forge Sports)

For more information visit the conference website 

2016 Conference

An inspirational conference for children, youth, families and schools workers on Saturday 12 March 2016 in St Mary's Church, Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

The day covered workshops on all age worship, Godly Play, Messy Church, Understanding Children’s and Youth Ministry, Self Harm, Identity and Mental Health, Special Needs, Open the Book, Prayer Spaces in Schools and Social Media.  It is aimed at all those involved in youth, children’s or schools ministry who would like to connect with others, get resources and try out new ideas.

Keynote videos are below as well as the highlights video.

  1. Morning keynote presentation - Alistair Sharp
  2. Afternoon keynote presentation - Mary Hawes
  3. Conference highlights

Videos by Mike North.  Conference run by the Diocese of Sheffield, the Methodist Church, YMCA and Christians and Sheffield Schools (CaSS)

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Joined Up Conference 2017 - Highlights

Made by Mike North - Music by Dexter Britain: A Closing Statement (Light of Life)

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Joined Up Conference 2017 - Keynote Address am

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Joined Up Conference 2017 - Short Stories

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Joined Up Conference 2016 - Alistair Sharp

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Joined Up Conference 2016: Mary Hawes

Afternoon keynote presentation from the annual Joined Up Conference 2016

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Joined Up Conference 2016 - highlights

Highlights from the annual Joined Up Conference 2016

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