Children and Families Ministry

The Diocesan Children's Work Officer is here to help and support children's workers in our parishes and provide training.

Contact: Diocesan Childrens Officer, Karen Beal

Contact Karen for support with:

  • Establishing new children's groups at your church
  • Training for your group, parish or deanery. We can offer training tailored to your context including: children’s ministry basics; children’s spirituality; intergenerational worship. 
  • Resourcing Sunday morning; midweek groups; Messy Church; school —wherever you are!
  • Growing Younger: how do we develop a strategy of outreach, building genuine lasting relationships with those we meet?
  • Connecting with your local school
  • Connecting with your local community
  • Holiday clubs
  • Advise on employment


Children’s Ministry Training Events


Working with U5s and Toddler Groups

Saturday 24 April, 10am—1pm / Venue tbc

Reflecting on recent research, we’ll consider what working with U5s and toddlers means for our parishes. We will also share some good news stories and examples of good practice from around the Diocese.


Faith at Home

Wednesday 28 April, 6.45pm—9pm / Venue tbc

How can we encourage families to engage with faith at home living out what they believe #MoreThanSunday, wherever they are?


*Session 8: Children as Ministers

Wednesday 5 May, 6.45pm—9pm / Venue tbc

Do we recognise children as not only co worshippers but co ministers too? How do we recognise and equip and support children to develop and use their spiritual gifts? 


Prayer with Children

Wednesday 30 June, 6.45pm—9pm / Venue tbc

How prayer / refection spaces can be used to encourage children to discover more about God and to develop their own faith journeys.


For further details about any of these training events, please email Karen Beal, Children’s Officer:

Booking details will be released a few at a time.


Useful links and Resources

Mental health and wellbeing resources

Diocese of Manchester Church Schools

Join the diocesan Children and Family Resources Facebook group

Follow the Children's Work Officer on Twitter

Faith at Home - Church of England 


Messy Church

Like any other plan, Messy Church isn't something that should be entered into lightly, and it may not prove suitable for every church, but you can find out more details at or contact Karen Beal, Childrens Work Officer.

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House, 
90 Deansgate, 
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400