CaSS started running an annual conference in 2013. That morphed into the Joined Up Conference after partnering with other organisations (the Diocese of Sheffield, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church). Since then, CaSS has helped to organise this conference, bringing together those working with children, youth, schools, families and chaplaincy to hear keynote speakers, take part in workshops and be inspired and equipped to continue in their ministries. 

Joined Up Conference 2021 - Online - Saturday 6th March

Next year's Joined Up Conference will be held on Saturday 6th March from 9:30am - 3:30pm. We invite you to join us online for our annual conference for Schools, Children’s, Families, Youth and Chaplaincy Workers, for free! We plan to live-stream to your homes from somewhere in South Yorkshire, bringing you ideas and resources, a chance to worship and pray together and to be inspired to serve God and those we work with. There will be 23 workshops to choose from, and we are proud to announce three amazing keynote speakers for the day:

  • Krish Kandiah from Home for Good

  • Mark Russell from the Children’s Society

  • Susie Mapledoram from Manchester Diocese

Book your place here or visit the Joined Up Conference website for more information.

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Joined Up Conference 2020

The 2020 conference was held on Saturday 7th March and was well attended. We offered keynote speakers (Huw Thomas and Sam Richards), short stories, 18 workshops and a busy marketplace. We encountered an unexpected last-minute venue change, so a huge thank you to Wesley Hall Crookes and STC Sheffield for helping us out at such short notice.


Feedback from attendees was positive:

85% of delegates gave the Joined Up Conference a score of 8/10 or more.
64% rated it 9/10 or more.
40% gave it 10/10!

Here are some of the attendees' thoughts on the day:

• “Keynotes and worship were brill.” • “Short stories inspiring and varied.” • “Worshops were really great.” •

• “Very well organised.” • “It was all excellent.” • “Thanks to all the young people helping the day run smoothly.” •

• “The short stories were so encouraging.” • “An extremely worthwhile day.” • “Really good meeting new people.” •

• “Great day!” • “A good marketplace to view resources.” • “The organisers definitely pulled the rabbit out of the bag!” •

• “Great value.” • “Interesting and relevant.” • “Absolutely loved it!” • “So nice to be part of this wider family.” •

 • “Good to share with other practitioners.” • “Very high standard.” • “Enjoyed hearing stories of what God is doing.” •

•“Lots of excellent teaching.” • “Loved it. Wanted it to be longer!” • “Vibrant. Lots happening.“ •

• “Really glad I came.” • “Fantastic. Looking forward to next year!” •



The workshops covered the following topics:

  • Children, Creation and God, Schools Work and Chaplaincy

  • Messy Church Discipleship

  • Internet Addiction and Porn

  • Doing Theology with Children and Young People

  • Teenagers and the Impact of the Developing Brain on Behaviour

  • Playing with Stories

  • Mental Health

  • Intergenerational Ministry for Real

  • Youth Ministry – Reaching and Refreshing

  • Whole Life Discipleship

  • Bullying – Off and Online

  • Transition from Children’s Ministry to Youth

  • Identity – Sexuality and Gender

  • Welcoming Children with Special Needs

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the Church

  • Soulful Wellbeing – How to Nurture Your Soul

  • Social Activism: Learning from Greta… and Jesus.

For more photos and information from the day visit the Joined Up Conference website.

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