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.

Karen Beal

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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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

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.

Family Worship Funding Available

We are pleased to announce the next round of the 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 over a two-year period, which began 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. We are aware that over the next few months, family ministry might look a little different and this will be taken into account when awards are being considered.

Applications for grants of up to £250 for existing groups and £750 for new initiatives (six of each), may be made for Messy Church or similar, including distinctively Christian worship for under-fives and their families. The closing date for applications is 20 November 2020.

Download Application Form

Download Guidance Notes

For more information please contact Diocesan Children’s Officer, Karen Beal: karenbeal@manchester.anglican.org

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Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

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