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Diocese of Chichester

Growing Faith Conference
Keynote Speakers
Emeritus Professor Janet Walker OBE – Chair of the Archbishops’ Commission on Families and Households
A lifelong commitment to understanding the factors that shape people’s lives led Janet to study social sciences; practise as a probation officer for ten years with offenders whose lives were extremely troubled; lead over fifty research studies into all aspects of family life and relationships as Director of the Newcastle Centre for Family Studies; practice as a family therapist and family mediator; and hold government appointments in health, social security and justice. Recently, she was the lead adviser to a review for the Ministry of Defence of the support needs of military families. Janet has published widely, and her research has influenced policy and practice in several countries. Currently, Janet is a lay adviser to police and probation in respect of violent and sex offenders; research consultant evaluating support for naval families; co-investigator on an Anglo-Australian ‘Families-Unlocked Study’, examining the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on family life and relationships; a trustee of the Naval Families Federation; and President of Relate.
Revd Nigel Genders - is the Church of England's Chief Education Officer and leads the work of the Church of England Education Office which serves the church’s ministry with children and young people in churches, schools, colleges and universities. The Church of England provides 4,700 schools educating over a million children and is committed to a vision for education which is deeply Christian, serving the common good. Nigel’s role in education has developed throughout 30 years of ordained ministry working in a variety of roles, including: vicar, school chaplain, governor of a university, chair of governors in primary and secondary school, Director of Education for Canterbury Diocese, Head of School Policy for the Church of England and he has been Chief Education Officer since 2014.
Revd Mary Hawes – Parish Priest, Author, and National Going for Growth (Children and Youth) Adviser responsible for ministry with and among children & young people in church and parish settings. Mary resources and advises the Church of England’s vast network of Diocesan Officers in their ministry with children and young people.
More speakers will be added soon. This day conference will be hosted in collaboration with Chichester Cathedral and is for children's, family and youth work leaders, school pastors, clergy and anyone interested in growing faith in these vital areas of ministry. 'Growing Faith' is the vision set by the House of Bishops to ensure a national commitment to achieve a significant culture change within the Church so that every aspect of mission and ministry is seen through the lens of what it means for ministry with children, young people and households. It will flow into the type of relationships encouraged between schools and churches, and how these are developed to resource and support households to grow in faith together. 

Space will be limited so please book early. For further details and booking please contact:
Information on  ALM courses can be found HERE

Youth Children's and Family Work Training 

This training is open to youth, children's and family work leaders and clergy, whether you are enrolled on the ALM elective or not you may still attend. To book a place see contact details below.

9th October CHILDREN’S WORK Session One - Leader: Revd Dr Irene Smale
To support volunteers who are new to children’s work or for those looking for
a refresher course, this session will include:
• Best Practice in Children’s Work
• Children's Spiritual Development
• Leadership Skills & Working as a Team
• Programme Planning
6th November YOUTH WORK Session Two - Leader: Dan Jenkins
To introduce volunteers new to youth work and those who would like a
refresher course to the key principles of youth work, youth culture, and ways
to engage young people with questions of spirituality. This session will include:
• Four Key Principles of Youth Work
• Building a balanced programme of activities
• Introducing youth culture
• Engaging with young people in a post-Christian world
13th November FAMILY WORK Session Three - Leader: Revd Dr Irene Smale
This session will consider some contemporary issues facing families today,
the importance of worshipping together as a Church family, and families and
faith formation involving all ages and will include:
• Biblical and Contemporary Understandings of the Family
• Family Ministry Today
• All-Age and Family Worship
• Seasons of Family Life

27th November CHILDREN’S WORK Session Four- Leaders: Revd Dr Irene Smale & Kristin Stevenson (The Bible Society)
This session will offer practical ideas and some theory underpinning the
importance of teaching the Bible to children and encouraging multi-sensory
prayer and worship and will include:
• Engaging Children in Creative Prayer
• Teaching the Bible to Children

All sessions take place at Church House Hove, BN3 4ED from 9.30 am –1 pm
Course tutors: Revd Dr Irene Smale, Dan Jenkins, Kristin Stevenson
There is no charge for attendance but you need to book in advance to secure a place as space is limited.

To book a place on any of the above Email:
You are warmly invited to a training workshop by

Kristin Stevenson of the Bible Society

Sat 27 Nov 10:00 am - 1: 00 pm  Church House Hove

Kristin is the Children and Family Development Lead for the Bible Society. She worked for five years as the Church Engagement Manager for the South and East and has always had a passion for Children's and Family ministry. Prior to joining the Bible Society, she was the Children's and Family Work Coordinator at St. Mary’s Church Ticehurst.  Kristin will be sharing resources and also ways we can strengthen the links between churches, schools and families.

To book a place please email:

Introduction to Diddy Disciples by Sharon Moughtin

On-line training Fri 10 Sept 1:00 - 3:30pm  &  Thu 16 Sept 6:00 pm.

Amplify, the Academy for Young Evangelists – is entering its last year in its present form. It is designed to train, support and encourage 11-to 17-year-olds to share Jesus in a variety of contexts. Closing date for applications is 27th September. Details HERE

Playtime National Conference - Care for the Family
On-line event Sat 25 Sept 8:45am - 3:00pm

National Day of Prayer for Schools Tues 28th September.  See links below for graphics to download and use on social media, a promo video to share anywhere and everywhere and the link to the webpage where people can find out more about the day.


'Your Time' - Children Youth and Families Conference - National Estate Churches Network
Wed 29 Sept 10:00am - 2:30pm

Youthscape National Youth Ministry Weekend 
12 - 14 Nov  Resorts World Birmingham

Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership

Annual Research Conference

'Flourishing Together' - 23 November 2021


10.00-16.00pm (GMT) Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Flourishing Students - Flourishing Adults – Flourishing Schools - Flourishing Communities”

To register to attend this conference, please click here

Urgent Request from Scripture Union
We are looking for churches who might be able to host one of our evenings for our new tour. It takes place in evenings from mid October-November. Spaces are going to be booked in advance and limited to 20. We are looking for halls that could fit 20 socially distanced to allow for things to be kept as covid safe as possible. The tour is called “I don’t go to church but…”. We will be looking at how we might connect with the 95% of children and young people who have no church connection and share with them on a journey of faith. If you would like to host an evening please contact: Jenni Whymark (Mission Enabler South East)
Scripture Union - The Revealing Jesus mission framework is designed to help you journey into faith with the 95% of children and young people not in church. Details HERE

Hodder Faith are publishing an edition of the NIV Bible for Primary Age. It’s illustrated by Andy Robb, and has lots of interactive material in it. Details HERE

God Venture Sticker Advent Calendar  - Every calendar comes with it’s own mini-storybook with the whole Christmas story told from an accessible version of the Bible (the NIRV). There are forty stickers, so that Jesus can be ‘born’ on Christmas Day (25th) and the shepherds visit and the rest of the story happen after that, with the story finishing in January on ‘Twelfth Night’ and Epiphany. Details HERE

Faith in the Nexus - Exploring Children's Spirituality Video HERE

Worship for Everyone - Unlocking the Transforming Power of All-Age Worship by Nick and Becky Drake details HERE

Creation Time is the name given to the 5 Sundays from 1st September to the 2nd Sunday in October. Using the Lectionary readings, it is an opportunity to focus on creation and re-consider our responsibilities for the stewardship of the earth. Harvest Festivals will usually fall in this period, and 4th October is the Feast of St Francis. Liturgies for Creation HERE

Tearfund Downloadable Resources for Harvest HERE

Church Of England Support Hub  - Harvest Ideas HERE

Whistlestop Tales by Krish and Miriam Kandiah - In ten action-packed stories, Whistlestop Tales tells how God uses people from all over the world in his global adventure. HERE
Local Deanery Hubs for Youth Children's and Family Work Leaders Support

We now have Hubs established in the Deaneries of Rotherfield, Hastings, Brighton, Cuckfield, Chichester, Horsham, East Grinstead,  Worthing, and Eastbourne 

For more information on Hubs contact:

Aim of a Hub is to provide
  • Networking support at peer level for children’s and family leaders across parishes.
  • Prayerful encouragement for the children’s leaders and the congregations they serve.
  • Sharing of ideas and resources across parishes and deaneries.
  • Friendship for those new to children's work and in particular those who have just completed the ALM children’s leadership elective.
  • Spiritual and theological input from selected qualified and experienced leaders.
  • Pastoral support for busy volunteers.
  • Leadership training for ongoing professional development in children’s and family work.
Julian Dale is our children's, family and youth work Hub co-ordinator for Eastbourne Deanery as well as the Children, Youth & Families Worker for All Saints Church Eastbourne.
Julian joined All Saints’ Church as a full-time Youth Worker in April 2017 after 25 years as a Criminal Barrister. He has been involved teaching Sunday School and church youth groups for 20 years, since his daughters Katie and Annabelle were toddlers. He oversees their church panto each year (Oh yes, he does!) and helps run a local homeless charity.

Annelie Cooper is also sharing Hub leadership with Julian for Eastbourne Deanery as well as being Children, Youth & Families Worker at All Saints. 

Annelie grew up in All Saints’ and gave up her job as a primary school teacher to join the youth team in 2017. Together with Julian, Annelie runs assemblies in two local schools, toddler groups, school groups, youth groups, holiday clubs, Cafe church services, Light Parties, Pancake Parties and even a Christian surf trip (once!). She has two young boys, Josh and Rory, and is married to Peter, who helps run a social group for church dads, called ASBO! 


Please visit our web site and Facebook pages for more resources



For children's leaders continuing professional development, training, individual or group consultations, support with resources, hosting workshops and also introductory sessions to Messy Church, Godly Play, All-Age Worship, Theology of Childhood, Families and Faith, Toddler Groups, Children's Mental Health and Well-Being, and much more to support you in embracing the Diocesan Strategy, please contact me at the address below or I would be very happy to arrange a consultation via Zoom or telephone.
Kind regards
Diocesan Children's and Families Work Advisor (Part-Time)
Chaplain to the Prebendal School Chichester
Cathedral Deacon
Lecturer in Practical Theology
M: 07980 617 584
Department for Apostolic Life
Diocese of Chichester
Church House, 211 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4ED
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