Children & Family
last updated on: 15th Dec 2014
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.
SeedBank Grants: Do the children (or young people) in your church have an idea to grow? The Going for Growth Seed Bank has a limited number of small grants (maximum £500) to give to projects or ventures initiated by children or young people and involving them in their development and implementation.
The project or initiative should have one of the following at its heart:
• Helping children or young people hear about Jesus
• Making a difference to the church
• Helping children/youth leaders get better at what they do
Priority will be given to projects and ventures which sit within a Church of England context and which demonstrate the involvement of children or young people in their outworking.
Applications must be received by 15th December 2015. They also need the support of Louise as Children and Families Officer, so please get in touch.
Successful applicants will be expected to submit a short report on their project/venture.
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.
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
We are pleased to launch a Bishop's Certificate in Children's Ministry, which we hope to start in the next few months.
Bishop Tim has written the following recommendation
“Jesus is clear in the Gospels that we must become like children if we are to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It is impossible for us therefore to be the Church unless we are in the company of children. Our children’s work is amongst the most important outreach and mission work today. Through it we are equipping our children to know and live out the Gospel in their own lives. What greater gift could we possibly give them? Thank you for considering this ministry and may God bless all your efforts in His name.” +Tim
The course is suitable for both paid and volunteer workers and will cover a range of areas, including modules from Core Skills developed by The Consultative Group On Ministry Among Children; an eccumenical group with a wealth of experience.Topics include: child development, working as a team, programme planning, children and community, pastoral awareness, the Bible, prayer, transitions, special needs, challenging behaviour, children’s advocacy, young leaders, worship, health and safety, safeguarding and our own faith life.
Sessions will be a combination of worship, theory, reflection and practical learning.
Cecil the Sheep, and his friends, will make an appearance during the course; you can find out more about them by clicking this link. https://www.lostsheep.com.au/
Contact Information For Children and Youth Related Information- Still more to go! Yes there really is!
We are currently creating a contact list that will enable us to more effectively get information to those involved with working with children and young people across the diocese. We are asking each church for contact information for someone connected to children's work and also for youth work, although they could be the same person. The form is below in two formats depending on which will work best for you, with space for the details for both the children and youth contacts. Completed forms can be returned to Louise, via email or post; the details are on the forms.
Children and Youth Contact Sheet PDF (You can use the add text feature to complete the form)
Dates For Your Diary
Saturday 7th March Childrens Work Drop In, 1-3.30pm St Martins House Leicester. Pop in and see Louise to look at a range of resources or to have a chat and enjoy some cake!
Other drop ins, Wednesday 17th June, 5-8.30pm St Martins House Leicester
Saturday 7th March Messy Meetup, 10am-1pm, St Martins House, Leicester. For all those involved in Messy Church, bring your team and meet others involved in Messy Church and enjoy some cake.
Other Messy Meetups: Wednesday 17th June 10am-1pm, St Martins House, Leicester
Saturday 24th January 2015, Christening: a ministry of the whole people of God, 10am-4pm, St Martins House Leicester, led by Sandra Millar, free includes lunch. This training day is for everyone who is interested in welcoming and supporting families as they begin a lifetime of exploring faith. Why not bring a group from your church? The day will give some of the key findings from the national research with families, share good practice and explore new resources. The day is mainly for parishes taking part in the pilot phase of the Church of England national Christening project, but will also be of interest to other parishes (although please note the resources will still be in the pilot stage so not available immediately).
Saturday 9th May 2015, Children and Youth Work Training Day, 10am-4pm, St Martins House, Leicester, free and includes lunch. For anyone working with children and young people in a church setting or activity. Mary Hawes, National Going for Growth (Children and Youth) Adviser, will be speaking on faith development. Further details to follow.
Tuesday 19th May, Spiritual Styles Day, 10am-4pm, St Martins House Leicester. A day for all involved in leading/ developing worship, including all age, with children and families and general congregations. Come and explore Spiritual Styles with Ronni Lammont and discover your own.
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. 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