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We offer a range of training options for people involved in ministry with children

Current events:

Church Colleges Certificate in Children’s Ministry. Enquires are welcomed all year round about applying for this one-year part-time course run jointly by Chester and Manchester Dioceses.  More information here

 

Local training for children’s ministry

Ministry among Children offers a range of local training opportunities within Chester Diocese. Develop your church’s children’s team, inspire potential new leaders and helpers and grow skills, knowledge and vision for ministry with children and their families:

  • Why am I on the children’s rota? A single session on vision for children’s ministry and planning activities to meet children’s needs.
     
  • Skills and more  A series developing basic practical skills, e.g. Bible storytelling, leading games, helping children respond to God and also exploring biblical insights to shape children’s ministry.
     
  • Skills and more 2 Four further sessions of ideas, skills and biblical reflection: opening up the Bible; connecting to children’s lives; teamwork; working with different age-groups separately and together.
     
  • Bible adventures for children’s leaders A flexible series, each session getting to groups with one Bible passage and working creatively on how to explore it with children and families.
     
  • Growing Children -  Looking at how to engage the whole church in developing children’s ministry.
     
  • Individual sessions and tailor-made series. Sample topics: developing a positive group; teamwork and rotas; developing all-age community and worship; the big story of the Bible; listening to children – or opportunities to develop specific approaches e.g. Messy Church, Godly Play.
     
  • Resource sessions Browse and borrow from the Church House library.

 

As a host church. you simply provide a suitable venue and refreshments and enthuse those in your own church and other churches in your locality. We will publicise the event around the diocese and arrange all other details of the training. For more information contact David Bell: david.bell@chester.anglican.org  07985 512678 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information email anne.cody@chester.anglican.org

Also available:

Safeguarding training arranged by the Safeguarding Officer.  For details of all current events click here

 

Meeting Points are ideas for DIY training, discussion and prayer in children's leaders' meetings or for personal reflection. Each one includes a link to part of the Bible and is designed to encourage, train, feed and help us to do ministry with children really well. If leaders already meet to plan, a Meeting Point can be a great way to spend the first half hour.

Past Meeting Points can be downloaded here: 
Hear and Act – a way to pray for local schools, based on Daniel 9
Long term view – of ministry with children (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14)
Take aim – setting priorities (Philippians 1:3-11)
Needs known - ideas to help you pray for your children (Matthew 6:7-13)
What have you got? - leaders' gifts and how to use them (1 Peter 4:7-11)
Sharing ourselves - effective relationships between leaders and children
(1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
Individual attention - care for individual children (Psalm 23)
Connected and fruitful - our personal needs as children's leaders (John 15:1-17)
Sow and grow - the world in which children live (Luke 8:1-15)
Team Feast – Ideas for getting children’s leaders together for a meal
WhyWhyWhy – An easy way for leaders to explore their vision for children's ministry together
Hear and tell – This activity provides a structure for reviewing a session you have led with children and reflecting on how we use the Bible.
My Bible and Me –A discussion starter to help children's leaders to talk honestly about their experiences of the Bible and to identify how to develop.
The Big Story – A game with cards to cut out, to help you work out where your favourite stories and characters fit inthe big picture.  

 

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