Children, young people and families

The Scottish Episcopal Church welcomes people of all ages, including babies, toddlers, young children and teenagers. Our churches strive to offer a warm welcome to families, and there is active youth work at a Diocesan and a Provincial level, as well as in many of our churches.

Contact: The Provincial Youth Coordinator, Claire Benton-Evans ClaireBE@scotland.anglican.org

News

Watch highlights from the latest Provincial Youth Week here. Read the Summer 2023 Provincial Youth Newsletter here and Like the Facebook page: Scottish Episcopal Church – Provincial Youth Committee.

Safeguarding

The Scottish Episcopal Church recognises the special status of children and young people and takes their safeguarding very seriously. For more information, visit the Safeguarding page here. If you have any concerns about the safeguarding of children or young people in a Scottish Episcopal Church, please contact the Provincial Safeguarding Officer:protection@scotland.anglican.org

Youth ministry

The Provincial Youth Week (“Yeek”) is an annual residential event for young people of High School age in the Scottish Episcopal Church. It brings together young people from all over the Province for a week of fun, faith and fellowship. Find out more on our website: www.yeek.scot

In October 2023, there will be two Provincial Youth Pilgrimages to Iona. The first, for those aged 12 18, will take place from Saturday 14 October to Wednesday 18 October. Full details here. The second, for those aged 18 to 25(+) will take place from Wednesday 18 October to Saturday 21 October. Full details here.

The Provincial Youth Committee (PYC) represents all young people in the Scottish Episcopal Church and oversees events and activities involving young people throughout the year. It is not responsible for the running of the Youth Week, which is managed by the Youth Week leadership team. You can find out more about the Provincial Youth Committee here.

Contact: The Provincial Youth Committee Convener, Rev Tembu Rongong rector@trinityelgin.org

Children’s ministry

Play Church is a flagship project in the Diocese of Edinburgh and the first of its kind in the UK. Play Church is a portable child-sized altarscape with everything children need to learn through play about what they see happening in church. Find out more here.

SEC Liturgy for All-age Services is a private Facebook group for sharing and developing liturgical resources for all-age services within the Scottish Episcopal Church. If you would like to join, please contact Rev Nerys Brown rector@stmarysdunblane.org

Diocesan Support

The following dioceses have a named contact person for queries about children’s, youth and families’ ministry. If there is no one available in your diocese, please contact the Provincial Youth Coordinator, Claire Benton-Evans: ClaireBE@scotland.anglican.org

Argyll & the Isles – Rev Beki Cansdale: revdbekicansdale@gmail.com

Brechin – Claire Benton-Evans: youth@brechin.anglican.org

Edinburgh – Rev Fiona Reynolds: freynolds@dioceseofedinburgh.org

Glasgow – Rev Canon Audrey O’Brien Stewart: canonmissioner@glasgow.anglican.org

Moray, Ross and Caithness – Ley-Anne Haigh-Forsyth: leyanne.forsyth@gmail.com

St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane – James Gardner: youthandchildren@standrews.anglican.org