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Resources and Support for Parishes
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Guidance as of  24 August 2020 from the C of E  relating to the return of youth and children's activities after lockdown 

Further guidance on Toddler Groups, Under 5's, and other updates on children's and youth work are being discussed at National Level this week. We will let you know of any changes but please also check our web site regularly

See also:

On-Line Training and Resources


Prayer Spaces in Schools and Youthscape are joining to offer an online conference focusing on what Christian schools-work could look like in the coming academic year, and how we navigate our way through the current challenges. From 10am - 3pm details HERE

Keynote speakers:

  • Bishop Paul Butler, Diocese of Durham
  • Baroness Elizabeth Berridge, the Parliament Under-Secretary of State for Education
  • Jill Rowe, Ethos and Formation Director for the Oasis Trust
  • Esther Deans MBE, former Headteacher and chair of the Race Equality and Education Group (REEG)
  • Rachel Gardner, Director of Partnerships at Youthscape
Care for the Family On-line Events

Raising Faith 6 - 8 Oct
Primary Parenting 24 - 26 Nov
See details 
On-line training for work with children with additional needs

led by Mark Arnold

10th and 24th October and 10th November 10:30am - 12:30pm


As lockdown continues to ease and churches start to make plans for the ‘new normal’, we invite you to the online launch of our new Revealing Jesus mission framework – an opportunity to celebrate with us and discover a new way to reach 'the 95'.

Wednesday 14th October 7:25pm for a 7:30pm start 

atch the video stream right here or on Facebook and YouTube

Leaving Lockdown Resources   Free downloadable ideas for churches to find ways to connect with children/families/youth in this transition out of lockdown.

Inspire – 3 minute videos and a leaders guide to make up a session around it.  These were daily, now weekly and running till at least Christmas. Good for young people.

Free webinar training to help churches support children who are struggling with their emotions.
The Church of England Christmas Campaign 2020

This Christmas the Church will need, in the words of St Paul in Romans 12.15, to ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep’. We will aim to celebrate where we can together in one place – but also embrace a wider community that wants to join in the celebration but may not be physically able – or emotionally ready – to do so. We hope that Comfort and Joy will enable us to build a campaign that both enables us to reconnect with the rich and joyous traditions of the past and to offer God’s consoling love in the present. 



You will find a wealth of CHILDREN'S AND FAMILY WORK AT HOME resources from various sources HERE

Contributed by children's and family work leaders from across the Diocese of Chichester, leaders from the Church of England National Networks and various key organisations and publishers.

Diocese of Chichester Hubs for youth children's and family work leaders
We now have Hubs established in the Deaneries of
Rotherfield Hastings Brighton Cuckfield Chichester Horsham East Grinstead and Worthing 

To join a Hub near you contact:

Youth Children's and Family Work 

We encourage you to visit our web site and Facebook pages which are updated regularly

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 and much more to support you in embracing the Diocesan Strategy, please contact me at the address below.
Kind regards
Revd Dr Irene Smale
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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