Children’s and Families’ Ministers


Photo 'Parent-Child cooking' by Alan Wat via Flickr

  • Do you have a desire to nurture children's spirituality?
  • Do you seek opportunities to build relationships with those of all ages and at all stages of faith?
  • Do you encourage children to learn more about faith, their part in the Body of Christ, their journey of wonder?
  • Do you see the church growing through engagement with young people, just where they are and wherever they are going?

A Children's and Families' Minister works alongside their church and community with toddler groups, children’s clubs, Messy Church, Baptism families, with young people in church or similar. Many work as part of a Ministry team and are supported by the Incumbent. Enabling inter-generational connections is a focus of any activity, and Family Ministers will have some experience of establishing creative ways to engage.

To learn more about the role of Children's and Families' Ministers and how to become one, you can read this leaflet:

Children's and Families ministry | PDF

Children's and Families' Training

The Connect course provides support, gives encouragement and broadens approaches to Family Ministry and Children's Work. It is not a practical children's work course but one in which we develop leadership and team-building skills to enable culture change in our parishes to raise awareness and understanding of family ministry and reach out to families in our communities. The course is open to all and is also used as one of the precursors to licensing as a Children's and Families' Minister.

“It is always helpful to know that you are not on your own; that there are other people who you can share ideas with, to encourage each other and to learn together.”

For more information

For all enquiries about Children's and Families' Ministry, the Connect course or ongoing training opportunities, please email Hilary Wordsworth-Sewell, Diocesan Children’s and Families’ Enabler or telephone 01473 298500.

Updated 18 August 2020. Photo above by Esi Grünhagen