Children & Family
last updated on: 24th Mar 2016
Encouraging Children and Family Ministry in the Diocese of Leicester
Children and Family Ministry
Welcome to the children and family ministry pages: they are a work in progress, the idea is that they will continue to be so do keep checking back, but will hopefully be a useful source of information and ideas.
I'm Louise, the Children and Family Officer, and have been in post since September 2012. A few things that you might like to know about me are: I like books and have rather a lot of them and includes a number of Bibles, enough for people to comment, I like chocolate and generally most things to do with food; including Ice Cream Ministry! If you have any questions, ideas for what to include on the website (they might not all make it), I can help in anyway, or want to get in touch then feel free! Perhaps you have something going on that we can celebrate, it would be great to be able to share pictures and inspire each other. Hover over children and familiy on the red bar to see what other pages there are.
Things to be aware of
Sunday 1st May is Godparents' Sunday
What could you do to celebrate, encourage and support godparents? The day has been developed building on the research and work that the Church of England has been doing on christenings and baptism. You can find some great resources https://churchsupporthub.org/godparentsunday including 25 ideas for the day. There's a great downloadable prayer calendar suggestion that offers the chance for godparents to pray for their godchildren and godchildren to pray for their godparents.
Bishop's Certificate In Children's Ministry
Do you want to be equipped practically, spiritually and emotionally for working with children? If so then the Bishop's Certificate In Children's Ministry could be for you. The course is designed for those working with children in any church context, including Messy Church, whether volunteer or paid: you don't need an academic background. If there are a number of people in your area that would like to do it then the course can be run locally. The cost is £150, which hopefully your church will be able to help with, fees are also payable in installments; if money is an issue then please speak to me, Louise. You can download the full information below.
Tier 1 of the Growth Fund is well worth being aware of if you aren't already. The offer grants of between £250-£5000 to support and encourage mission, you can find out more by clicking the link http://www.leicester.anglican.org/shaped-by-god/growth-fund/tier-1-grants/. If you would like to talk to me about the possibility of making an application then please get in touch and I will be happy to help in any way that I can. Tier 2 grants are up to £15,000 a year for a maximum of 3 year, usually with matched funding unless in an area of depravation.
Free Top Tips videos by Scripture Union
Scripture Union have a fantastic range of Top Tips books designed to support ministry with children and young people, the books are short and easily read over a coffee, or whatever other drink you prefer. They have now prepared a number of video clips which are available online for free, so why not take a look? Click on the link to explore:Top Tips Videos
Cecil the Sheep, and his friends are well worth exploring; you can find out more about them by clicking this link. https://www.lostsheep.com.au/
Dates For Your Diary
To book a place on any of the above courses please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 2615317
Car Parking We now have an arrangement with the NCP St Nicholas Car Park which means that if you are attending something at St Martins House you can park for £3.50. You take a ticket as normal and then buy a pre-paid validated ticket from us, when you leave the car park you insert the original ticket followed by the ticket you purchased from us. Please be aware that the Southgates Car Park is no longer in operation.
Bishop John Pritchard wrote a prayer for National Parents' Week, which has much to offer at anytime and is well worth making use of for both personal and wider use. It is:
Thank you for the privilege and pleasure of children,
Thank you for what they represent for both the present and the future
and what they give us as they explore life and make their discoveries.
Help us to slow down, to pause and make a moment,
Help us to share their world and enjoy their wonder.
Help us to walk at their speed, and find that it's your speed,
And so lead us together into life and joy,
In the company of your son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord,
Perhaps you'll find the time to slow down and see the world through the eyes of children, it may not always be a comfortable thing to do as not everything is always positive but perhaps it will be a time of refreshment and the time you need to look at things differently.
If I can be of any help with work with children and families then please get in touch.
Children and Families Officer, Leicester Diocese
St Martin's House
7 Peacock Lane