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What we do: Children’s ministry

Children's Ministry

Children and families are an important part of the Church and we believe in enabling parishes and communities to disciple their children in a nurturing and safe environment; ensuring that they are a welcome part of the Church. As a Diocese, we are committed to support, encourage and resource those who work with children and families.

Meet the team

Our team are the people to contact for parish support and queries. They will be your first point of contact so please do say hello, especially if you’re new in role! Get in touch via email at children@nulllondon.anglican.org.

Sam Donoghue

Sam Donoghue
Head of Children and
Youth Ministry Support

Katie O’Conor
Children’s Ministry Advisor,
Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

Alex Taylor
Children and Youth
Ministry Trainer

What we can help with

Practical, insightful content

Connecting with children’s workers and volunteers is vital for us. We ensure that we provide up-to-date information and resources to those working with children and families. Our monthly newsletter and social media channels share useful and practical content on a regular basis.

Our blog is a great place to go for more in depth thoughts on specific topics. We regularly post article about children’s ministry written by a range of people working with children. These articles are aimed to help, support and train children’s workers.

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We offer a 4 session course called Academy Basics which looks at the basic building blocks of children’s ministry. Each term, we run one-off training sessions on specific topics. Recently this has included ‘working with volunteers’, ‘bridging the gap between children and youth work’ and ‘first aid’.

We can offer a small number of bespoke trainings in your setting through the year. If you’d like to enquire about this more please contact Katie O’Conor.

To see what training and events we have coming up have a look at the calendar here.

Messy Church

Interested in starting up a Messy church? We’d love to help. We can offer advice on the best way forward and hold training twice a year on how to start a Messy Church. We also have the opportunity for you to apply for funding to help you get set up.

To find out more about the support we give please get in touch with Katie O’Conor.

Toddler Groups

Toddler groups are amazing ways to reach out to our local community and support families in the early years of their children’s lives. We want to support you as you do this important work.

We’d encourage you to join the London Network for Parent and Toddler Groups. You can find them on Facebook. They are amazing collection of parent and toddler groups across London who support and encourage one another in this work.

Jobs and hiring support

We can support you in recruiting the right person for your community and helping them settle in. Whatever stage you’re at in the process, feel free to contact us.

Things we can help with include:

  • Refining the job scope and job description
  • Guidance on the right salary and benefits
  • Safeguarding expectations and processes
  • Guidance on what to expect and how to manage them
  • Distributing the vacancy through our networks
  • Ongoing supervision/advisory support

If your vacancy is already online, you can submit your vacancy to be displayed on the Diocese job page.

Make sure you’re aware of our Apprenticeship Scheme below, which is a great opportunity to train someone from within your parish.

Looking for a job?

Check the vacancies page (look under Children’s Ministry as well as Youth), or find out more about our Apprenticeship Scheme below. Some churches in our Diocese do not submit their job vacancies to our jobs page, so keep an eye out on social media.

Our resources database

Below is a database we’re building of existing resources out there that cover a range of different topics and purposes. We’ve included the cost, who it’s for, who it’s made by and how much input it will need from you. Click on a row to see all the details and get the link to access. Click the search icon or use the filters to narrow your search.

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