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O Come, O Come Emmanuel 
“Work with children and young people must be one of the top priorities in the next 5 years of our diocesan life.  Statistics show us huge shifts in the patterns of church membership and association in younger people and we must be fleet of foot to address these challenges."  

The Bishop of Lewes
An introduction to the

Parenting for Faith Course

led by
 Lauren Sheath
(Regional Parenting for Faith Coordinator)
Lauren is part of the Parenting for Faith speaking team. She has been a Children’s Pastor and champion of Parenting for Faith for the past seven years. She is currently the Head of Kids at St Peter’s, Brighton, part of the HTB Network, having previously worked in churches in SW London and Los Angeles.
Saturday 30 Nov 9:30am - 1pm 
Church House Hove BN3 4ED

There is no charge to attend this event
But for catering purposes please book a place

For further details contact:

Training in Godly Play

in the Diocese of Chichester

Godly Play Training 

A Taster Morning in Godly Play

Fri 29 Nov 10am - 1pm
Church House Hove BN3 4ED

There is no charge to attend this event
For details contact:

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 with


Check out the article in Faith in Sussex Mag about our fantastic Conference and Hubs HERE

Bookings are now open for our third event:

The Conversation: ‘Hearing Voices’ – 
re-imagining ministry with children and young people

31st Jan / 1st Feb 2020, St Paul’s Church, Canterbury

Information and booking HERE 
The Conversation brings people together who are open to change; to reimagine God’s good news for this generation and all generations together, who want children and young people to come into a life-enhancing, transforming and life-long encounter with Christ. Our third event is coming in late January 2020, and will give us an opportunity to explore the theme of ‘Hearing voices: re-imagining ministry with children and young people“. Keynote speakers include:
  • Jeremy Fletcher on music
  • Jim Craig on creative art
  • Eona Bell on an anthropological approach to listening to children
  • Sophie Mitchell on voices of anxiety
  • A speaker from Extinction Rebellion
  • Sonia Mainstone-Cotton on silence
  • Jim Davis on listening to young people now
  • Sam Adolfo on voices of fear
 There will also be Pecha Kucha sessions on a variety of topics.

The Association of Christian Counsellors Conference

For information HERE

Children's Pilgrimage to Walsingham

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

Details HERE
Certificate in Parenting for Faith at Cliff College 1-5 June 2020

For information and application
Dalesdown Summer Camps are for young people aged 8-16. We passionately believe that children and young people should have the opportunity to explore, develop and challenge their understanding of the Christian faith in a safe and supportive environment that is also fun and exciting. At 'History Makers' youth camp (Year 7 – Year 11), young people enjoy sports, crafts, workshops, outdoor activities, worship and great teaching throughout the week, and build friendships along the way.  'One Way' is our kids camp for  Year 3 – Year 6. Children enjoy a week of craft activities, messy games and outdoor activities,  with some awesome worship and fun, interactive teaching sessions throughout their time at camp! Dalesdown Camps are a great opportunity for children and young people to learn more about their loving Father, have fun and try new things, and build great friendships with other campers that grow every year as they come back!  We would love your child to be a part of Dalesdown Camps next year – we hope to see them there!  For more info HERE

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 Hubs 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
Hubs are now established in Hastings, Wadhurst, Chichester and Brighton. Coming next year more Hubs in Horsham, Cuckfield and Eastbourne

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
Hastings Hub

Wed 5th Feb 7pm

at St Ethelburga Church,  
16 St Saviours Rd, (Filsham Rd)
Saint Leonards-on-Sea TN38 0AS

Topic - Christian schools work in Hastings, school resources plus  Life Exhibition, Key to Life and GSUS Live

To register contact - 
Ruth Hine:
Jane Hart:
Resources for Advent Christmas and Epiphany

The Children's Society have partnered with Messy Church to produce great resources for Christingle HERE
By Lara Hawthorne - Celebrate the magic of Christmas with this beautifully illustrated book, based on the world's best-loved carol. Rediscover the Nativity Story in all its glory – from quaking shepherds to heaven-sent angels – as the song lyrics are brought to life on every spread. The world’s diversity is reflected in a cast of characters.  A lovely book for all the family to share.  HERE
From Out of the Ark - a delightfully endearing nativity musical for 3-7 year olds with a humorous script and 7 exciting new songs.HERE

This is a straight-forward telling of the nativity story. Includes a simple script with short lines for all the key characters – adaptable for small or large casts. Along with the 8 catchy new songs from Niki Davies, also includes the Christmas classic Little Donkey, every school’s favourite carol Away In A Manger, as well as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. A fantastic and very popular Christmas play! HERE

This inspirational book takes the reader through Advent to the celebration of Christmas through the eyes and beliefs of Celtic Christianity. Starting in November and reflecting on Jesus' coming at his birth as well as into our lives by the Holy Spirit and at the world's end, the author offers a unique approach to the season to help you gain a new sense of wonder in the birth of Jesus, HERE
BRF Christmas books -  Christmas Family Time –  packed with ideas and sessions for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany -  Messy Nativity –   Family Fun for Christmas –  The No-Rehearsal Nativity – Celebrating Festivals – readings, reflections, crafts and prayer activities for 20 major church festivals -  teaching programmes for 7-11s - Bethlehem Carols Unpacked – creative ideas for Christmas carol services - 80 seasonal activities - The Gingerbread Nativity – and much more HERE

Family Support Work are now collecting for Christmas if you would like to support this important charity please contact them HERE


New Diocesan Strategy 2020-2025


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

The theme of the next phase is ‘more’! We have made a start, but we need to be more effective in a number of areas if we are to be faithful in proclaiming the faith afresh to our generation. The four mores are manifestations of the Nicene Creed conviction that the Church is to be one, holy, Catholic and apostolic. They are not the exclusive manifestation of these qualities, but they are areas in our life to which we need to give serious attention.

Find out more HERE


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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