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Resources and Training Support for Parishes
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Ascension Pentecost Trinity 2021


From Mary Hawes our National Adviser:
The fifth Mark of Mission is: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. The Churches Count on Nature Week (June 5-13) is part of Caring for God’s Acre and churches might want to consider how they could involve their families, children & teens in this (in a Covid safe way, of course).
Re-engaging with families: Godparents' Sunday, The God Family Picnic and Messy Church Goes Wild Wednesday 12th May, 3-4pm Sandra Millar, Mary Hawes and Lucy Moore (Messy Church) look forward to a time when we can meet with families, share a picnic and start conversations about the amazing journey of faith.Find out more about this year’s Godparents’ Sunday – July 11th – and how you can use this time to re-engage with families.
CYM Chaplaincy in Education:
 3-6 May;
28 June - 1 July

CYM Play & Children's Spirituality:
10-13 May

CYM Mission & Evangelism
with Children & Young People:
17-20 May

Dr Sarah Holmes Webinar
Researching Under 5's Spirituality
Thursday 20th May, 2-3pm

International Association for Children’s Spirituality
2021 Virtual International Symposium
Children’s Spirituality: Keeping the Conversation Going

Online via Zoom 22-23 & 26-27 July 2021
Dame Rachel De Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England, has launched 'The Big Ask', the largest ever consultation with children undertaken in England. The survey will be live until May 19th and asks children across England to set out their priorities for improving childhood post-Covid.

Messy Church
Meet Up Events & Training

Intergenerate/Children’s Spirituality
Summit online
24 - 26 May 2021

Reflecting Theologically
Online/Cliff College
14th June 2021

Satellites (Youth event)
10 - 14 August 2021

Dr Sarah Holmes  Liverpool Hope University
speaks about the effect of Covid on Children and the Church

Who are the Occasional Belongers?
Dr Ann Casson, Senior Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University, draws upon key findings from the Faith in the Nexus report on belonging and connection. The report found that where a strong, active relationship between church and school was perceived, then there was more evidence of faith-related activities at home. Dr Casson considers: • The different ways in which people belong to church. • The value individuals place on this connection with church. • Different in kind, not strength of belonging. • The importance of recognising where people are and acknowledging that perhaps for many that is where they want to stay. 
All Stars are looking for children's songwriters HERE 
Local 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:
Resources to use at home.

Contributed by leaders from across the Diocese of Chichester, the Church of England
National Network
and various key organisations
and publishers: 


Pleases 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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