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Who we are
Premier Youth and Children's Work is the UK's leading magazine for Christian youth and children's workers and volunteers. Our main aim is to be a prophetic hug to those who want to raise the next generation knowing and loving Jesus. We reach thousands of people working with children and young people from a broad range of denominational backgrounds every month through the print magazine, as well as online and through our podcast. We also reach out to Christian parents through our Faith at Home section and Saturday morning slot on Premier Christian Radio.
The magazine has a small core staff and a huge range of contributors.
What we do
In each monthly issue we provide ideas, resources and guidance to help and shape your youth and children's work. Inside the magazine and on our website you’ll find full length feature articles – some deeply practical, some more stretching and challenging; brilliant creative resources to spice up your programme; up- to-date news about developments in youth ministry and culture; how-to guides and much, much more.
In the early 1990s, Youthwork magazine began as a supplement in the then-titled Alpha magazine (now Premier Christianity).
In 1996, Alpha and Youthwork were bought by Trinity Square. Alpha was re-branded as Christianity. In 1999, Christianity and Youthwork were bought by Premier Media Group.
In 2014, the titles were updated to Premier Youthwork and Premier Childrenswork, along with its sister title Premier Christianity.
In 2017, Premier Youthwork and Premier Childrenswork merged to form Premier Youth and Children's Work.
Where we are
Premier Youth and Children's Work is owned by Premier and shares offices with sister title Premier Christianity, as well as Premier Christian Radio, in south London.
Ruth Jackson - Editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work
She is also Head of Youth Apologetics at Premier and a contributor to Hope Rising 365 (SPCK), a devotional for girls and young women.
Jess Lester - Deputy Editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work
She is also a volunteer youth worker and freelance features writer for national newspapers. Kicking off her journalism career at 18, Jess worked for the free London-based paper CityAM as a Life & Style writer – focusing on all things property, food and culture. Wanting to widen her scope, she moved to The Sun under their apprenticeship scheme and ended up staying for two years, writing news stories, features and content for Fabulous magazine online.
John Lloyd - Graphic Designer for Premier Youth and Children's Work
Beatles fan, cycler and family guy. Doesn't drink coffee after 12 and can make pancakes without looking at a recipe.
Jamie Cutteridge is the Salvation Army's youth discipleship specialist and the magazine’s consulting editor. We have a wide range of one-off contributors to the magazine. But we have a few who we rely on regularly.
Sam Donoghue is head of children's and youth ministry support for the Diocese of London and our consulting editor.
Alex Taylor is a children's work specialist and our resources editor.
Tom Wade is an RE teacher and volunteer youth leader based in Harpenden. He writes our ready-to-use film resource.
Becky May is a freelance writer and experienced children’s and youth leader. She writes our ready-to-use music resource.
Sam and Sara Hargreaves lead engageworship.org, and are passionate about young people and worship. They write our ready-to-use reflection resource.
Joel Toombs has spent more than ten years in youth work and has an MA in Christian mentoring. He writes our ready-to-use mentoring resource.
Mark Oestreicher is an American youth ministry author, speaker and coach. He is one of our columnists.
Martin Saunders is the director of creative development at Youthscape, and was the editor of Youthwork magazine for eight years. He is one of our columnists.
Rachel Turner is on the leadership for Hope Church, Harrogate and the author of four books and a parenting for faith course. She is one of our columnists.
Rachel Gardner is president of the Girl's Brigade and on the senior leadership team of Youthscape. She is one of our columnists