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Children and Families Ministry

The Diocesan Children's Work Officer is here to help and support children's workers in our parishes and provide training.

Contact: Diocesan Children's Officer, Rick Otto 

Contact Rick for support with:

  • Establishing new children's groups at your church
  • Training for your group, parish or deanery. We can offer training tailored to your context including: children’s ministry basics; children’s spirituality; intergenerational worship. 
  • Resourcing Sunday morning; midweek groups; Messy Church; school —wherever you are!
  • Growing Younger: how do we develop a strategy of outreach, building genuine lasting relationships with those we meet?
  • Connecting with your local school
  • Connecting with your local community
  • Holiday clubs
  • Advice on employment

Useful links and resources

Admission of Children to Communion before being Confirmed

Mental health and wellbeing resources

Diocese of Manchester Church Schools

Join the diocesan Children and Family Resources Facebook group

Follow the Children's Work Officer on Twitter

Faith at Home - Church of England 

Growing Faith Foundation 

Messy Church

A great way to engage children and families in faith is through Messy Church. You can find out more at, or contact Rick Otto, Diocesan Children's Officer, to discuss Messy Church and other, similar activities.

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