Children and Young People’s work

Whilst there are many professional qualifications and courses which equip people to work with children and young people, here are some opportunities and activities which are specifically designed for working with them in church contexts.

Children and Youth Work Development

A network to support effective practice is available which, among other things, offers train the trainers’ CORE skills programme. It is open to:
District officers, anyone involved in work with children and young people, including ecumenical colleagues.

Voice Activated

A key resource exploring active participation of young people.
Contact: Rachel McCallam

Think, Talk, Be

Three session course enabling churches to think about how they create space for their young people to grow as disciples.
Contact: Rachel McCallam

Messy Church

All who are interested in fresh expressions of church, using a craft and activity-based, family approach will find this two hour or full day training helpful. It can be organised for a single or group of churches and the founder, Lucy Moore, is available to lead following negotiation via the website.  Some local churches have been trained and run Messy Church, so can offer feedback.
Contact: Rachel McCallam

Godly Play

Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. Training opportunities, for individuals, churches, schools or other organisations interested in developing creative ideas to develop Christian awareness, are negotiated with the Godly Play organisation via their website.
Contact: Kathryn Lord

Joined Up Conference

An annual conference in Sheffield for all involved with children, youth, families or schools. Training and resourcing through workshops and keynote presentations.
Contact: Jonathan Buckley or  Rachel McCallam

Aurora Youth & Children’s Ministry

Aurora Youth is an 8-month ecumenical course for anyone over 16-years-old seeking practical, hands-on training with a creative approach to assessment through portfolio submissions.

Aurora children is a child-centred course, suitable for those just beginning to work with children and for those who have done so for many years. Through input, guided reading, sharing, activities and reflection on your own practice, you will be empowered to find a fresh focus.
Contact: Jonathan Buckley