Under 18

Welcome to Christchurch Bexleyheath Children and Young People Team. 

Our team is here to help with a range of issues, including admitting children to Spirituality, Anxiety and Mental Health. 

Deepen your relationship with God

Spirituality is about our personal relationship with God on our journey through life and the ways in which we can deepen that relationship through prayer and reflection. 

Christianity has a rich and fruitful history of spiritual practice spanning two millennia, helping Christians across the world to draw closer to God. You are encouraged to find and explore the way that is most helpful to you – and to allow this to change, perhaps, as you continue along your faith journey.

Anxiety and Mental Health

We know that anxiety and mental health is an issue that is rising fast within our children & young people and extending into their families. As the church family and community we are in a pivotal place to journey with our children, young people & families during times of anxiety. Signposting to the correct agencies when necessary and accompanying in a physical and prayer presence. With this in mind the children and young people team have collated resources and specific agencies to encourage and enable parishes in their ministry within the topics of anxiety and mental health. 

Key Facts (Supplied by NHS UK data and information 2017

  • Half of all mental health problems start or present in young people by the age of 14.
  • One in eight (12.8%) 5 to 19 year olds had at least one mental disorder when assessed in 2017
  • Emotional disorders were the most prevalent type of disorder experienced by 5 to 19 year olds in 2017 (8.1%)
  • Rates of mental disorders increased with age. 5.5% of 2 to 4 year old children experienced a mental disorder, compared to 16.9% of 17 to 19 year olds. Rising from 9.7% in 1999 and 10.1% in 2004, to 11.2% in 2017
  • Emotional disorders have become more common in five to 15 year-olds – going from 4.3% in 1999 and 3.9% in 2004 to 5.8% in 2017