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Children's and Family Work

Training and Events 2019
St Andrews celebrates 50 years with 

All Age Praise Party
including Dug's Crazy Science!

 Ish and Duggie Dug Dug
2:30 - 4pm Sat 16 March 2019

St Andrews Church Weald Drive
Furnace Green Crawley
RH10 6NU

All children must be accompanied by an adult
There is no charge for this event but to guarantee admission you must
register here

If you are looking to revitalise your children's work why not attend some of our Training Courses for Children's Leaders 

Leading Children in Worship

Teaching Workshops for Children's Leaders

Ish and Duggie Dug Dug
Sat 16 March 2019

St Andrews Church Weald Drive
Furnace Green Crawley
RH10 6NU

10 - 11am - Ish - Worship with Children age 0-7 
11:30 - 1pm - Dug - Worship with Children age 7-11

There is no charge to attend these seminars but space is limited to guarantee a place you must register here

10-11am  - Ish - Leading Worship with Children age 0-7 years
This workshop offers a fun practical session for children's leaders both musicians and non-musicians. It will cover - teaching little ones scripture through the use of different types and styles of music including fun, noisy action songs to quiet reflective songs and everything in between. It will present different types of song suggestions for various church worship services, all-age services, children's clubs, Early Years schools, Toddler Groups and Sunday School. Lots of ideas to take away to revitalise your children's work.
11:30am - 1pm Dug Horley - Leading Worship with Children
age 7- 11 years

Dug will talk about 'Journeying With Children' to help them to go deeper with God in prayer and worship. He will share some amazing stories of the things he has seen happen as children connect with God. In this fun and inspiring seminar Dug will share his heart for children and his experiences from over 20 years of working with them full-time. In that time  he has travelled widely across the UK, Canada, Africa and many other countries and worked with numerous churches, organisations and conferences including Spring Harvest, Urban Saints and the Luis Palau and Billy Graham Organisations. This is a great opportunity to learn from his experience. This workshop is for all children's workers (musicians and non-musicians) and those with an interest in children's work. It looks at the culture our children are growing up in, the influences they are exposed to, and how we can stay relevant to our children in praise and worship. Packed full of practical ideas that include using pop music, quiet reflective music and sign language which is immensely powerful.
To all children’s leaders in Chichester and neighbouring

Your are warmly invited to

Tea and Cake at the Palace
Join us for tea and learn about HUBS our new networking initiative to support
Children’s and Family Leaders

Thursday 16 May 2:30—4pm
The Bishop’s Palace  PO19 1PY

Book a place here or
RSVP: irene.
07980 617 584 
HUBS for Children's Leaders 
Regional Hubs are currently being established across the Diocese of Chichester for busy children's leaders who are both volunteers and salaried to provide:
  • training for professional development
  • networking support
  • prayerful encouragement
  • sharing of ideas and resources
  • friendship for those new to children's work

These will be coordinated by highly qualified and experienced children's leaders. For more information contact:
To all children’s leaders in the neighbouring
Deaneries of  Rotherfield 

Your are warmly invited to

Tea and Cake in the Country
Join us for tea and learn about HUBS our new networking initiative to support
Children’s and Family Leaders

Wednesday 5 June 7:00 - 8:30pm
Parish Church Wadhurst TN5 6AR

Book a place here or
Mobile: 07921539856
Office: 01892 782141

Sat 22 June 2019

An introduction to the
Parenting for Faith Course

led by
Anna Hawken
(National Parenting for Faith Coordinator)

At St Augustines Church Scaynes Hill
RH17 7NY
9:30am - 1pm

To book a place
Or for further details contact:

To all children’s leaders in  Brighton and neighbouring
Your are warmly invited to

Tea and Cake by the Sea
Join us for tea and learn about HUBS our new networking initiative to support
Children’s and Family Leaders

Tuesday 2 July 2:30 - 4pm
The Good Shepherd Shoreham Beach BN43 5LF

Book a place here or
Children's Leaders Conference 

6 & 7 September 2019

St Andrews Burgess Hill

A bespoke conference for Children's and Family Work Leaders in the Diocese of Chichester 

Keynote speakers:  The Bishop of Lewes, Sandra Millar, Mary Hawes, Rob Dillingham

Workshops will be led by highly qualified and experienced children's leaders already successfully working across the Diocese in:  Schools Work, After School Clubs, Godly Play, Mission to Families in our Communities, Toddler Groups, Families and  Faith, Messy Church, All-Age Worship, and much more

There will be a display of resources to enhance your work
Book here: or for more information:

Diocesan Lent Courses for Children

We have created our own Diocese of Chichester Lent courses for children and families based on the Year of Vocation 2019. There is a course for children to work through individually or in a group and also one for families. The courses include stories about child heroes and households of faith in the Bible. Video stories and songs, memory verses,  prayers and activities guide you through Lent. You can download them from here
The downloadable resource about Toddler Groups and Mission

or Print on demand
Refresh and Renew your Children's Work

Several churches have approached me for support with refreshing and revitalising their children's work at the beginning of a new year. If you would like advice on conducting an audit of your current children's work with a view to upgrading your practice please contact me: 
Godly Play Training and Materials

The method of Godly Play is a great resource for teaching Bible stories to children but it has also been used more recently in care homes and with all ages.

Godly Play books and materials are available from Church House for children's leaders to borrow for 4 weeks at one time.

To check out our resources library visit our diocesan youth and children's web site

Training in Godly Play
in the Diocese of Chichester


Are you in the Hastings area and interested in finding out more about Godly Play for your ministry?  

Judy Yeomans (South East Trainer) and Alison Day (Godly Play Advocate) are running an Introductory Day at St John the Evangelist Church on Saturday 16th March.  

For more details and to book a place please contact Judy Yeomans (

Mothering Sunday Easter and Pentecost resources here 

The Messy Church web site can be found here


Childhood and Theology

This section recommends books, reviews and papers covering perspectives on childhood  for those interested in a more theoretical basis for underpinning the importance of the theology and practice of children's work.
To book your place at the above conference please go to the Godly Play UK website here:
You can access Barna's research findings including a useful infographic and the full article from 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:

Information and materials for the Year of Vocation by the Diocese of Chichester can be found here

More about the year here 


Safeguarding Training
in the Diocese of Chichester

For further information on our policy and courses please visit :

Support for Parishes Diocesan Strategy

To grow churches numerically and spiritually
To re-imagine ministry
To contribute to the common good
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
Associate Lecturer in Theology University of Chichester
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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