Diocese of Manchester

Children at Bishop Bridgeman School
Children Changing Places will engage children, their families and schools in the Bolton area to create new discipleship pathways for children.

The project will have a particular impact when children reach the key points of moving into primary education or from primary to secondary education. It will focus on building strong links between the home, church and school to create discipleship pathways from toddler group to secondary school and beyond.

The Children Changing Places project will start in the early years, helping existing toddler groups to become more intentionally Christian and creating 10 new toddler groups across three deaneries. It will encourage and establish new worshipping communities such as Messy Church and Messy Tots.

Work will also develop to create discipleship pathways within primary schools, perhaps looking at how church could take place in school, or how children can be encouraged on their faith journeys through ethos groups and worship groups.

In September 2019, three Chaplaincy Assistants joined the team as Chaplaincy Assistants in three CE high schools in the Bishop Fraser Multi Academy Trust. They will help to provide ‘safe landing’ and further discipleship opportunities for  children in our Bolton CE primary schools as they transition to CE high schools. This will develop and nurture their faith as they continue along their Christian discipleship pathway.

The Bishop Bridgeman CE primary school is a stunning exemplar of how a CE primary school, in a missional manner, can develop the discipleship pathway of its pupils, within a multicultural and multi faith environment. 

Children Changing Places Project: Update March / April 2019

Children Changing Places is supported by a £1.2 million grant from the Church Commissioners' Strategic Development Fund. A number of new posts have been created to run the project.

Meet the team 

You can follow the work of the team on Twitter @PlacesProject

Rachel Eden

Rachel Eden

Children Changing Places Project, Project Manager

Address: Board of Education,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

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Laura Tebay

Laura Tebay

Children Changing Places Project, Project Support Worker & External Communications Manager

Address: Education Department,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

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Alison Adlum

Alison Adlum

Children Changing Places Project, Deanery Children & Family Worker

Address: Board of Education,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

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Jo Haslam

Jo Haslam

Children Changing Places Project, Deanery Children & Family Worker

Address: Board of Education,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

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Nicola Witter

Nicola Witter

Children Changing Places Project, Deanery Children & Family Worker

Address: Board of Education,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

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Steph Openshaw

Steph Openshaw

Children Changing Places Project, Early Years Worker

Address: Board of Education,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

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Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

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