Children & Family

last updated on: 10th Mar 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.

Exciting News

The Bible series shown on Channel 5 is available as a DVD and blu-ray!

You may have heard of a major production, by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, that was very well received in the US but if not then it's time to find out about it so that you don't miss out. The series is starting was shown November to December, you may be able to find it on Demand 5 but it is also available on DVD and blu-ray, including from Christian Resources, 01162615222. There are a range of free resources available linked to the series. Check out the website for further details and explore the materials available.

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.

Bishop's Certificate In Children's Ministry Brochure

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 Word

Children and Youth Contact Sheet PDF (You can use the add text feature to complete the form) 

Dates For Your Diary

Tuesday 11th March 2014 10am-4pm, St Martin's House Leicester, free and lunch will be provided. All-age worship day for anyone involved in all-age worship with Sandra Millar, Head of Development for the Church of England who has a wealth of experience in all-age worship, including Eucharistic services. Sandra will also be sharing some of the results of the research she is currently undertaking around baptism. You can book via email: or telephone Claire on 01162615317. 

Saturday 17th May 2014 10am-4pm, St Martin's House, Leicester, free and lunch will be provided. Children and youth work training day with key note speaker Ronni Lammont, who will be exploring spiritual styles with us plus workshops and resources to look at including from Scripture Union. You can book via email: or telephone Claire on 01162615317. 

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. 

Saturday 5th July 2014 Cathedral gardens, St Martin's House and the Cathedral, Diocesan Assembly Garden of Life; further details to follow. 

Godly Play Accredited 3 dayTraining In Branston, Lincolnshire, 20th - 22nd March

Over 3 days (minimum 25 hours training) you will develop your practice and understanding of the art of Godly Play, exploring more than 15 Godly Play sessions.
The training follows an action/reflection model of learning. There is a mixture of trainer-led presentations in each genre, and participant storytelling opportunities and practice sessions. We work in a model Godly Play environment, with the opportunity to see a comprehensive set of resources. Each day explores one of the primary religious genres of Godly Play: sacred stories, parables and liturgical lessons. Workshops also cover:
o Setting up a Godly Play Environment
o The Theology and Spirituality of Childhood
o Your particular concerns, contexts and questions
Each day will start at 8.30am and finish at 6.30pm on 20th & 21st, and at 5pm on 22nd. 

For more information including how to book you can download the information here Godly Play Branston or on the Godly Play website;

Have you heard about the Giving Project?

The Giving Project is looking to tackle issues of child poverty in Leicester and Leicestershire by setting up specific projects in areas of need to make a difference. You can read more about the project by clicking here Why not take a look and think about how you could be involved.  

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:

Gracious God,

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.

Louise Warner
Children and Families Officer, Leicester Diocese
St Martin's House
7 Peacock Lane
0116 2615313

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