The Diocesan Children's Work Officer is here to help and support children's workers in our parishes and provide training.
She also consults with parishes on a variety of children’s work topics, including safeguarding and child protection issues.
Details of training for children's workers.
Children's Ministry Training
There are some fantastic opportunities and resources for training in Children’s Ministry. We no longer teach the Church Universities’ Certificate in Children’s Ministry, but we do offer tailored training for groups and parishes, developmental courses that partner with other dioceses. Also good practice training that builds on the national strategy of outreach enabling us to think about how we can grow the church younger.
Please see the document for further details and contact Karen Beal, Children’s Officer (above) for further information.
Messy Church is a broad term for activity based, innovative expressions of church that appeals to the whole family. It’s usual for Messy Church to take place at a time (and sometimes in a place) that suits people who don't belong to church and would probably find a typical Sunday service off-putting. Messy Church is church for people at all stages of their faith journey and of any age - a congregation that is as valuable and worthy of investment as any other.
We have some wonderful examples of Messy Church around our diocese and how it is helping churches engage with their communities in new ways. See Christ Church, Harpurhey Messy Church in action.
Like any other plan, Messy Church isn’t something that should be entered into lightly, and it may not prove suitable for every church, but you can find out more details at www.messychurch.org.uk or contact Karen Beal, Children’s Work Officer.
New Children's Funding Available
We are pleased to announce a new grant making fund: 'Family Worship and beyond'.
As part of the ongoing strategy within the Diocesan vision ‘to be a worshiping, growing and transforming Christian presence at the heart of every community’, the Reserves and Investments subcommittee of the Board of Education have established a grant fund of £15,000. This will be administered during each school term over a two-year period, beginning in autumn 2019.
The fund is open to applications from churches meeting a specified set of criteria including factors such as income, location and long term vision.
Applications for grants of up to £250 for existing groups and £750 for new initiatives, may be made for Messy Church or similar, including distinctively Christian worship for under-fives and their families.
For more information please contact Diocesan Children’s Officer, Karen Beal: firstname.lastname@example.org
29 Jan. 2020 In: Children
Application Form Read more
29 Jan. 2020 In: Children
Grant Fund Application Completion Guidance and further information Read more
16 Sept. 2019 In: Children
Guidance notes for completing the Application Form Read more