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Bishop of Chichester faces backlash after axing youth team

The Argus: The Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd Martin Warner The Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd Martin Warner

A bishop is facing a backlash from his congregation after a decision to scrap the diocese’ youth team.

Three full-time posts will be “deleted” as the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, which covers all of Sussex, restructures.

But despite the deal seeming to be done and dusted, young Christians across the county are refusing to be defeated and are set to hand the bishop, Rt Revd Martin Warner, a 750-signature petition.

The so-called Yes Team, which stands for You, Equipped to Serve, is currently made up of three youth workers and two backroom staff.

Claire Phillips, who runs a youth group in Partridge Green, described the work of the Yes Team as “vital”.

She said: “They visit our local group regularly and are always at the end of the phone when we need help as organisers.

“The youth is the future of the church and groups like ours need to reach out into the community.

“Young people need safe places to go to teach them how to grow and be confident in themselves. We need to reach through. I worry if the Yes Team is finished.”

Ali Campbell, who has led the youth team for eight years, learned of the plans to cut it in November last year.

In a letter from the diocese, he was told the posts would be “deleted” as part of the “new structure”.

The diocese spelt out its intention to replace the team with a single youth officer.

Mrs Phillips, who runs the church youth group from her front room, said the proposal would be a “huge loss” to the county.

She added: “They do so much locally. Not only do they support day to day but they also arrange big events such as the annual May camp.

“This is something of a highlight of the calendar as it brings the young people together. It’s hugely important for developing them as young people and it is a place where they can make friends for life.

“They also run a gap year scheme which wouldn’t be possible without them.”

The youngsters are set to hand the petition to the Bishop of Chichester on March 10. It includes names from Crawley, Steyning, Brighton and Horsham.

A spokeswoman for the diocese said the proposal was far from being finalised.

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9:51am Tue 25 Feb 14

iceman126790 says...

Its happening all over the county and country. Young people just do not matter to this government. The term 'lost generation' is now more poignant than ever and it is a travesty.... the impact of all these cuts to youth services will all become more apparent in 5 years from now!
Its happening all over the county and country. Young people just do not matter to this government. The term 'lost generation' is now more poignant than ever and it is a travesty.... the impact of all these cuts to youth services will all become more apparent in 5 years from now! iceman126790
  • Score: 4

10:18am Tue 25 Feb 14

clubrob6 says...

iceman126790 wrote:
Its happening all over the county and country. Young people just do not matter to this government. The term 'lost generation' is now more poignant than ever and it is a travesty.... the impact of all these cuts to youth services will all become more apparent in 5 years from now!
You are so correct our youth is being used to pay for the cuts unfairly for corruption at the top.On the other end of the scale problems with the NHS is blamed on a ageing population,the ones that have paid into the system so deserve priority care but in reality its the massively increased population to blame mainly through immigration.When I was young I served a four year apprenticeship these days short courses take place and people call themselves tradesmen we need to bring back apprenticships.Anoth
er massive problem is the jobs that used to be done by our young as a stepping stone or top up money while at college etc is noe being done by the imported unskilled workforce.One million young unemployed is not the youngs fault but failing governments from ALL sides.
[quote][p][bold]iceman126790[/bold] wrote: Its happening all over the county and country. Young people just do not matter to this government. The term 'lost generation' is now more poignant than ever and it is a travesty.... the impact of all these cuts to youth services will all become more apparent in 5 years from now![/p][/quote]You are so correct our youth is being used to pay for the cuts unfairly for corruption at the top.On the other end of the scale problems with the NHS is blamed on a ageing population,the ones that have paid into the system so deserve priority care but in reality its the massively increased population to blame mainly through immigration.When I was young I served a four year apprenticeship these days short courses take place and people call themselves tradesmen we need to bring back apprenticships.Anoth er massive problem is the jobs that used to be done by our young as a stepping stone or top up money while at college etc is noe being done by the imported unskilled workforce.One million young unemployed is not the youngs fault but failing governments from ALL sides. clubrob6
  • Score: 2

10:40am Tue 25 Feb 14

Richada says...

This clearly sends out all the wrong messages from the church and goes a long way to explain why the average congregation has such a high average age.

Carry on like this and the current congregations will be their last.
This clearly sends out all the wrong messages from the church and goes a long way to explain why the average congregation has such a high average age. Carry on like this and the current congregations will be their last. Richada
  • Score: 6

11:14am Tue 25 Feb 14

her professional says...

Richada wrote:
This clearly sends out all the wrong messages from the church and goes a long way to explain why the average congregation has such a high average age.

Carry on like this and the current congregations will be their last.
.....hopefully
[quote][p][bold]Richada[/bold] wrote: This clearly sends out all the wrong messages from the church and goes a long way to explain why the average congregation has such a high average age. Carry on like this and the current congregations will be their last.[/p][/quote].....hopefully her professional
  • Score: -3

1:04pm Tue 25 Feb 14

ThinkBrighton says...

Did I miss something? Where in the article did it mention government cuts, it only mentioned the church of England and pictured a guy in fancy dress.
Did I miss something? Where in the article did it mention government cuts, it only mentioned the church of England and pictured a guy in fancy dress. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 2

1:11pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Durango_Splubb says...

More tory vandalism! Yet again young people are suffering and valuable services are cut because of short-sighted government and church of england policies.
More tory vandalism! Yet again young people are suffering and valuable services are cut because of short-sighted government and church of england policies. Durango_Splubb
  • Score: -3

1:41pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Number Six says...

Durango_Splubb wrote:
More tory vandalism! Yet again young people are suffering and valuable services are cut because of short-sighted government and church of england policies.
It's the Church of England, not the Tories. Still, let's not let facts get in the way of a illogical rant, eh?
[quote][p][bold]Durango_Splubb[/bold] wrote: More tory vandalism! Yet again young people are suffering and valuable services are cut because of short-sighted government and church of england policies.[/p][/quote]It's the Church of England, not the Tories. Still, let's not let facts get in the way of a illogical rant, eh? Number Six
  • Score: 3

4:02pm Tue 25 Feb 14

ICantThinkOfAName says...

Number Six wrote:
Durango_Splubb wrote:
More tory vandalism! Yet again young people are suffering and valuable services are cut because of short-sighted government and church of england policies.
It's the Church of England, not the Tories. Still, let's not let facts get in the way of a illogical rant, eh?
I thought that the Church of England is considered to be Tory Party at Prayer?
[quote][p][bold]Number Six[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Durango_Splubb[/bold] wrote: More tory vandalism! Yet again young people are suffering and valuable services are cut because of short-sighted government and church of england policies.[/p][/quote]It's the Church of England, not the Tories. Still, let's not let facts get in the way of a illogical rant, eh?[/p][/quote]I thought that the Church of England is considered to be Tory Party at Prayer? ICantThinkOfAName
  • Score: -2

6:07pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Durango_Splubb says...

The C of E is the tory party & vice versa! Most of 'em pretend to have semi-socialist and caring views but they wouldn't give up one red cent of their luxurious lives and/or finery for any reason or purpose! -Just like their tory chums!
And like ALL members of any 'religion' they're in it to exercise their 'control freakery' tendencies, -also just like torys!

And doing young people, albeit 'christian' ones out of a job perfectly fits both organisation's modus operandi
The C of E is the tory party & vice versa! Most of 'em pretend to have semi-socialist and caring views but they wouldn't give up one red cent of their luxurious lives and/or finery for any reason or purpose! -Just like their tory chums! And like ALL members of any 'religion' they're in it to exercise their 'control freakery' tendencies, -also just like torys! And doing young people, albeit 'christian' ones out of a job perfectly fits both organisation's modus operandi Durango_Splubb
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