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Reminder for catering and craft purposes to please register all children on the Eventbrite link below before attending the Messy Church party next Saturday

Mega Messy Church

Join us in the New Year for a Party

with Lucy Moore and Ishmael

Our theme is  'Epiphany' 
a new journey into a new year of new hopes and dreams

Saturday 11 January 2020

Developing Your Messy Church 
(10:30am - 1pm) 
Session 1 - Developing your Messy Church – how can you build on the groundwork you’ve put into your Messy Church?
Session 2 - Discipleship in your Messy Church – what pioneering approach might be right for you?

Training Session Cost £5 per person please book HERE

New Year Messy Church Party
Bring your children along to our party in the afternoon (2:30pm - 4pm) 
with worship craft tea and cake

The party is free but please book tickets for craft and catering purposes  

Venue: St Paul's Church, Churchside, Chichester PO19 6FT

For more details contact:
You are warmly invited to training in

Work with Children and Young People
with Special or Additional Needs

led by

Mark Arnold from Urban Saints

on Saturday 7 March 2020

at Church House Hove BN3 4ED
There will be 2 identical sessions delivered - choose from either
Morning 10am – 12:30pm
Afternoon 2pm – 4:30pm.

Full colour workbooks will be provided for all attendees and a display of resources.
There is no charge for this training but please register for a place

Or for more details:

Children's Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Theme for 2020 is 'Saving Water'
Friday 13th March  – Sunday 15th March 

Our new initiative
Local Support Networks
for Youth Children's & Family Work Leaders 

As part of our new and developing strategy for children's work and as a follow-up to the Journey Conference, we are establishing HUB networks across the Diocese of Chichester. Bespoke training and networks groups are being organised for busy children's leaders who are both volunteers and salaried.

Or if you are looking to start up a new children's or youth work or revitalise your existing ministry with young people, share ideas and resources, pray and network with other leaders in your area why not attend our HUB informal gatherings led by highly qualified and experienced coordinators in your local area.

Regional networking HUBS aim to provide:
  • Training for professional development
  • Networking support
  • Prayerful encouragement
  • Sharing of ideas and resources
  • Friendship for those new to children's work
For further information on the HUB coordinators and to join a HUB near you contact: 
Horsham HUB 

Mon 27 Jan 7:30pm

St Mary's Parish Church Centre
Causeway, Horsham RH12 1HE

For details and to register contact Fiona Prentice

St Mary's Church Office: 01403 253762
Brighton HUB

Wed 5th Feb 7pm

Venue TBA

Topic:  Off the back of the resounding interest at the most recent Hub the theme will be:

Where have all the Children Gone: How do we engage new people in Church?

Refreshments will be provided. 

Following on from this the  suggested themes for future sessions are as follows:

Wed 6th May: Transitions – From Children’s to Youth Work

Wed 2nd Sept: Relationship with Schools (deliberately later as people will be away in August)

 For more details contact John Lewry:

Brighton CYP Coordinator 

Children's and Family Work Leaders Retreat

At the Bishop's Palace Chichester

Led by Archdeacon Fiona Windsor and Revd Dr Irene Smale

Saturday 5 September 2020

10am - 5pm with option to attend Cathedral Evensong at 5:30pm

Cost for day £10 to include coffee and pastries on arrival, lunch, afternoon tea and cakes.

Places are limited for this retreat so please contact for details.

Spend some quiet time sitting or wandering through the Bishop's Palace Gardens and  Chichester Cathedral.

Treat yourself to a night in the peaceful and relaxing accommodation in the Cathedral Close pricing and availability  details HERE  


New Diocesan Strategy Vision for Growth 2020-2025


More Open + More Converted to Jesus Christ + More Generous + More Engaged


Find out more HERE

For all Godly Play Training please contact our southern regional coordinator 

Judy Yeomans

For all Scripture Union Training and the South East Team including our regional coordinator Jenni Whymark HERE


For all Messy Church Training our regional coordinator for Sussex West is 

Elaine Lambie 
For all Parenting for Faith training material and courses information
contact our regional coordinator

Lauren Sheath

Safeguarding Training
in the Diocese of Chichester

For further information on our policy, downloadable forms and courses please visit HERE 

Children's and Family Work 

Keep up to date with news about children's and family work training, events and resources across the diocese at:
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
W: 01273 425 684
Department for Apostolic Life
Diocese of Chichester
Church House, 211 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4ED
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