Diocese of Manchester

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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.

Mrs Karen Beal

Mrs Karen Beal

Children's Work Officer

Address: Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

Advises parishes on all aspects of Children's work

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Church Universities’ Certificate in Children’s Ministry or Youth Work

The Church Universities’ Certificate is an opportunity to go deeper into the world of children’s work ministry or youth work. It is an in-depth training opportunity for those working with children or young people looking to develop their knowledge and practice.

The course is taught over three weekends (one a term) and one module introduction night a term plus a placement in a relevant setting other than your own for wider experience and reflective learning.

This is a one year, part time course, the accredited route validated by the University of Chester, leading to the award of the nationally recognised Church Universes’ Certificate (equivalent to 60 credits at academic level four).

There are no academic entry requirements for the course but you will need to be actively involved in children’s ministry in a church context, and have your church minister’s support plus an acceptable enhanced DBS disclosure. 

Deadline for applications: 15 August.

Download flyer for further details including dates and costs.

Contact Karen Beal, Children’s Work Officer (above) for any further information.

Messy Church

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.

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Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

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Telephone: 0161 828 1400