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Church mission will target young people

PUBLISHED: 15:20 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:22 25 August 2010

SOME 200 young members from 13 Anglican churches attended a service celebrating the appointment of a children s church officer.

SOME 200 young members from 13 Anglican churches attended a service celebrating the appointment of a children's church officer.

Youth and children's work development officer Alice Pettit has been appointed to support the ministry being carried out among children and young people by the 13 churches in Erith.

Commissioned at the service by the Archdeacon of Bromley and Bexley, the Venerable Dr Paul Wright, in September, she was welcomed to the area last month by Mayor of Bexley Bernard Clewes and Bexleyheath MP David Evenett. Youngsters greeted Mrs Pettit with enthusiastic waving of flags and by singing a beautiful rendition of Badgers and Hedgehogs, composed by Andrew Carter.

Mrs Pettit comes to Bexley after seven years as youth and children's worker in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Earlier this year she helped to convert the inside of Malmesbury Abbey into a skateboard park for three days, as a way of connecting with young people.

Her role in the borough is to train and encourage those working with children and young people in Bexley's Anglican churches north of the A2.

Mrs Pettit is delighted to see the Church focusing on the needs of children and happy she is to be able to work with all the churches in the Deanery. Her post is funded for three years by the Archbishop of Canterbury's Mission Fund, with help from the 13 parishes, the Diocese of Rochester and Bexley Police.

The Reverend Francis Jakeman, until recently the Area Dean of Erith, said how grateful he had been for all the goodwill that has made this initiative possible.

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