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Never a Dull Moment at CYM!

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7 April 2021

Never a Dull Moment at CYM!

A personal reflection from Linda on life as CYM BA degree student:

Travelling up the motorway, bags packed with books, notepads, stationary (I love my stationary) laptop and my head swapping from nursery rhymes and action songs to thoughts of management theories and theology.

Looking forward to seeing friends and catching up. How’s everyone doing? Any progress on essays, placements, portfolio?

Arriving early to avoid heavy traffic there’s time for a quiet coffee and a browse in the library. The rest of the students arrive in fits and starts, laughter and tears are shared.

I hear the usual questions- ” When do we start? What room are we in? Has the tuckshop been restocked?” all essential questions of course!

I love the lectures and the opportunity to learn and by the end of the day my brain is buzzing.

I stay with my host family who provide a peaceful haven for the evening which sets me up well for day 2.

More learning, worship together in chapel, food together and chatter and laughter.

Home on the motorway gives me time for quiet and reflection.

Toddler group, schools work, Sunday school, study, planning, family, reading, research. Applying what I’ve learnt, meet with line manager – sleep.

The two weeks have passed by and it’s time to pack my bag and head back to Nottingham.

Never a dull moment.

Linda harwood

BA Contextual Ministry (Children and Family) – CYM student

Above: Linda, a third student on the CYM BA degree programme.

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Faith & Spirituality at CYM

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29 March 2021

Faith & Spirituality at CYM

At CYM we are more than a just a specialist college, we are a community of faith. We believe each person is uniquely made, loved, valued and gifted by God. We are committed to working with others to share with you – and to encourage you – as you grow and develop holistically. This means we are interested not only in your professional development as a practitioner, but also in your theological formation and spiritual development as a person.

“spiritual maturity is neither instant nor automatic; it is a gradual progressive development that will take the rest of your life.” 
– Rick warren

There is real truth in this quote. Growing in God is a lifelong adventure. But it is an adventure that requires intentionality. During your time with CYM, we will encourage you to become more intentional in developing your faith and exploring your calling, whatever that might be.

 

Encouraging your Spiritual Growth

 

During your time at CYM you will have access to a number of different discipleship opportunities. Here are the variety of ways that CYM offers to help you grow in your faith:

  • Engagement with theological thought and reflection.
  • Providing space to reflect on and develop your ministry.
  • Promoting a sense of community where everyone is accepted and valued – a place where we can learn to grow in God, with and through others.
  • Regular tutorials with staff.
  • Access to College chaplains for spiritual and pastoral support and guidance.
  • Weekly chapel meetings where the community gathers for worship, reflection and prayer. This includes opportunities to lead chapel individually or in groups.
  • Belonging to a supportive network of students who pray and care deeply for each other.

Even during lockdown, we have found that engaging in spiritual disciplines and online opportunities to be together has been a real encouragement for students and teaching staff alike. May we continue to support one another and enjoy the journey together through the many seasons of life!

Graham bright
Senior Lecturer and Practice Co-ordinator – CYM 

 

 

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Above: Graham Bright, Senior Lecturer & Practice Co-ordinator, CYM

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Campus Open Day – 27 May 2021

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Campus Open Day

27 May 2021

CYM is planning an interactive Taster Morning where you can meet the team face-to-face! 

Join us for an interactive Open Day experience at our Nottingham Campus on the morning of 27 May, 10am-2pm.

 

Explore what it’s like to be a student and the degree options available for starting your training in September 2021. 

 

  • Meet our senior teaching team. 
  • Experience a live Taster Lecture
  • Hear from CYM students.
  • Explore the options and specialists pathways available at CYM.
  • A chance to ask questions and have a 1-2-1 with tutors.
  • Check out the Campus premises!

Book on today – email [email protected] to register.

Join us at our Nottingham Campus, based at Trent Vineyard Church.

17 April 2021

Find out what it’s like to study with CYM

Locations

Nottingham Campus:

Trent Vineyard Church

Time

10am – 12pm

Register

Email [email protected]

to book your place

Nottingham Campus location:

Trent Vineyard Church, Unit 1, Easter Park, Lenton Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2PX

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Virtual Open Day – 17 April 2021

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Virtual Open Day - Taster Morning

17 April 2021

The Institute for Children, Youth and Mission invites you to join our next Open Day. 

On Saturday 17th April, CYM will be hosting a Virtual Taster Morning where you can explore what it’s like to be a student and the degree options available for starting your training in September 2021. 

  • Meet our senior teaching team. 
  • Experience a live Taster Lecture
  • Explore the options and specialists pathways available at CYM.
  • A chance to ask questions and have a 1-2-1 with tutors.

Book on today – email [email protected] to register.

Register to take part in our Taster themed Open Day happening remotely. 

17 April 2021

Find out what it’s like to study with CYM

Locations

Online / Zoom

Time

10am – 12pm

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Email [email protected]

to book your place

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Learning to Be Me – Studying at CYM

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18 March 2021

Learning to Be Me - Student Experience

A peronsal reflection from Ria, who studied Youth and Communities with Practical Theology at CYM. Watch and find out what her experience of studying, practicing and growing at CYM was like. 

Ria T.

Youth, Children & Families Minister – CYM Alumni

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From Isolation to Community

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8 March 2021

From Isolation to Community

As we approach the one year on marker from when Covid19 really made its presence felt here in the UK, it’s natural to look back and reflect on what has happened. How were those first few months of lockdown 1 for you? Did you make significant changes to your youth work practice right away or did you, like many of us, walk around in a daze trying to work out how to do youth work when all the young people were staying at home?

I was curious to know what had been happening in youth work across the UK during 2020 so I spoke to a number of youth workers, from varied contexts, to find out. And I was amazed at the range of responses. Yes, there were those whose experience echoed my own sense of confusion, frustration and utter desolation initially. There were also those who jumped right in to a different way of working, including delivering food or wellbeing packages, creating online groups via Zoom or other video calling platforms. If it felt like the whole world was on Zoom, that’s because they were! User figures jumped from 10 million in Dec 2019 to 300 million in April 2020 and ‘zooming’ became the new verb for being online, regardless of which platform was used.

Across the youth work world there has been a mixed response to zoom, some young people have really engaged, particularly during the times when they can’t see each other, also especially if they have difficulties around accessibility of in-person groups. Others have rejected it almost entirely, as a platform that adults use for adult conversation, and since when have young people embraced anything that adults want them to do?

In the book the different chapters cover the different contexts for youth work happening in the UK. I spoke to people in Church-based youth ministry roles, people leading Christian value based charities, others working for youth work charities which are non-faith based, those from uniformed organisations, detached youth work organisations, and schools work. It was a great way of capturing a snapshot of what has been happening, and to begin to think about what needs to come next.

As we pass the one year mark and begin to emerge from lockdown number 3 in the UK, we youth workers need to start considering what kind of a world we want to rebuild with our young people. What are the things we’ve learned in the past year which are going to help in the future?  Which activities are we going to be able to continue and which need changing or tweaking again?

A lot of people I spoke to expressed frustration with making plans in September time only to have to drastically alter or ditch them altogether due to the local lockdown approach of the central UK government but also the different rules in the four home nations. It was a chaotic term, so what can we learn from this? To plan or not to plan, is that the question?

Come to the CYM Professional Development Day on Wed 17th March to hear more from me about my book From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond” and take part in the discussion about the future of youth work in the UK.

JENNI OSBORN

Specialist Subject Tutor – CYM 

 

Jenni Osborn is an author, trainer and mentor of youth workers. You can buy her book in Kindle format on Amazon or in paperback from her direct on [email protected]. More information visit www.jenniosborn.org.

Above: Jenni Osborn with her book.

Jenni  will be delivering the CYM Professional Development Day on this important topic.  Book today.

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Virtual Open Day – 22 March 2021

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Virtual Open Day - Taster Morning

22 March 2021

The Institute for Children, Youth and Mission invites you to join our very first Open Day of the year. 

 

On Monday 22nd March, CYM will be hosting a Virtual Taster Morning where you can explore what it’s like to be a student and the degree options available for starting your training in September 2021. 

 

  • Meet our senior teaching team. 
  • Experience a live Taster Lecture
  • Explore the options and specialists pathways available at CYM.
  • A chance to ask questions and have a 1-2-1 with tutors.

Book on today – email [email protected] to register.

Register to take part in our Taster themed Open Day happening remotely. 

22 March 2021

Find out what it’s like to study with CYM

Locations

Online / Zoom

Time

10am – 12pm

Register

Email [email protected]

to book your place