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Children are an important part of the Church’s family 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.

Our team

We have a skilled and talented team that cover support for children aged from 0 to 11 year olds:

  • Early Years Mission Adviser (under 5s) – Tessa Rust
  • Children’s Ministry Support Worker (5-11 year olds) – Jess Rodewald

Tessa & Jess are the people to contact for parish support and queries. They will be your first point of contact so please do contact them!

Sam Donoghue is our Head of Children’s and Youth Ministry Support. He is available to offer support and advice.


Connecting with children’s workers and volunteers is vital for us. We ensure that we provide up-to-date information and resources to our children’s workers through the ways listed below:

  • Children’s Ministry newsletter: This includes a mixture of details of the training courses we are running, news on resources and articles about good practice. You can sign up to receive the newsletter here.
  • Children’s Ministry blog articles: There is a weekly article about children’s ministry written by a range of people working with children, which can be found on our children’s ministry webpages. These articles are aimed to help, support and train children’s workers. You can read our most recent article here, as well as find past articles too.
  • Social Media: Our Facebook page is updated regularly with information and news. You can also find us on Twitter
  • Premier Youth and Children’s Work Magazine: We are partners in the publication of this magazine for children’s workers.


The two main courses that we offer for children’s workers are the Children’s Ministry Academy and the Academy Basics course.
We are also able to offer a small number of one-off sessions throughout the year, as well as more bespoke training for your parish. Please contact Jess Rodewald for further information or to request training.
You can search for available Children’s Ministry courses and training in the events calendar through this link here.

Messy Church

We provide help to those parishes wanting to start Messy Church and ongoing support for those parishes already taking part in it. For support, contact Jess Rodewald.
Every year, we host Messy Cathedral at St Paul’s Cathedral. This year it is on Saturday 2nd June – put the date in your diary!

Children’s Charter

The Children’s Charter is an initiative that began in 2011 and it is currently being reviewed and will be re-launched in late 2018. Find out more about the Charter here.

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