21st December 2020: The End of an Era as CYM prepares for 2021

This has been a demanding term for CYM as we have faced up to the challenges of re-structuring and re-organising ourselves to meet our changed circumstances.  Our plans to move to Leicester and start teaching a first year of Newman students had to be changed at the last minute, due to unexpected difficulties with the transfer of our activities out of St John’s, and the staff team have had a demanding term adapting to the ever-changing requirements of COVID as well as continuing to deliver our programmes to their usual high standard.  The trustees are extremely grateful to them for all their hard work and dedication and wish them a joyful and peaceful Christmas holiday.

CYM lecturers Robin Smith and Graham Bright packing course books as CYM says farewell to St John’s College

Before the team in England can have a break, another task remains:  CYM is moving out of St. John’s College in Bramcote.    The team is currently packing up all our resources to be stored, while we continue to teach at our new temporary home at Trent Vineyard Church in Nottingham.  The college has been the home of the Midlands Centre for more than twenty years.  I’m sure that many of you who came to St. John’s will have memories of the building and the people there and will hear this news with a pang of sadness.  If these had been normal times, we would have had a closing service and given thanks for all that the site has been to so many people.  In the absence of a service, please will you join us in giving thanks to God for every person, student, lecturer, tutor or friend who has passed through the building, and for all they have achieved there.  We also commit ourselves and our work into his hands for the future.  The uncertainties of this year will doubtless still have impacts in 2021, but we know that we can trust God, who was part of the plans for CYM twenty years ago and who guides us still.

The trustees are grateful for the support of so many friends and colleagues during the past few months and we wish you a joyful and peaceful Christmas.

Dr. Alastair Jones

Chair of Trustees – CYM


20 October 2020 : CYM builds its team as it looks to the future


CYM, the specialist theological college for ministry with children and youth as well as mission in the community, continues to put the blocks in place for a strong future by appointing a highly experienced senior lecturer to the teaching team delivering its BA and MA courses.

New Senior Lecturer, Graham Bright has excellent experience and academic credentials. In addition to teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of Education, Childhood and Youth Studies and Youth and Community Work for Teesside and York St John Universities for over a decade, Graham has more than thirty years’ experience of church-based youth work. He is also part of the team leading the development of The Well, a Methodist intergenerational church plant in  Darlington.

Graham says, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the next stage of CYM’s journey, building on its reputation as a thought leader and innovator in the area of children’s and youth ministry. The CYM name is highly regarded in the UK church and, as it steps out from the sad closure of St John’s College Nottingham, CYM has many opportunities to further develop its reputation in this field. Much of the fresh evangelistic and development work in the UK church is targeted at children, youth and community mission, so the continuing availability of high quality training for workers in these areas is vital.”

Also joining CYM is Jacqui Brown who will be providing administrative support to the college operations. She has extensive experience in the education sector, having most recently been involved in administering Higher Education distance learning courses.

Robin Smith, Principal Lecturer at CYM says, “With the appointment of Graham and Jacqui we have succeeded in enhancing an already strong team, enabling us to face with confidence the challenges of delivering degree level teaching in a time of Covid, as well as preparing CYM for an exciting, fully independent, future.”