Tools for developing your church's ministry among children
Growing Children is a resource providing activities and ideas to involve the whole church in exploring how to be more effective in reaching, nurturing and including children. It can either be used as the basis of a parish project, with the whole church focus on Growing Children for a certain period, or you can choose individual tools and activities to use when you want.
What’s in it?
The resource has two main strands:
- Issues for Everyone provides ideas for prayer and five Bible-based briefings to use in preparing sermons or small groups for all the church.
- Planning for Children offers ways to review the church’s current situation in children’s ministry (even if there seems to be none) and decide how to grow from there. It includes tools to help:
- gather views and information
- review what children need if they are to come to faith and grow in faith
deal with practicalities e.g. basics checklists, supporting parents, leaders plan for the future.
Access the ideas
Printed copies of the basic resource have been sent to parishes in Chester Diocese. Sets are also available for loan from our Resource Library to churches in the diocese, e.g for a PCC or project steering group. You can download the basic resource from this page, or select individual sections and activities. There are also additional resources available only from this website.
For advice on using the resource or for help with running a parish project, please contact David Bell, email@example.com. Please send us your experiences of using the resource and any similar activities and links you develop for inclusion on this site.
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For information about Anyone Can, a Chester diocese resource for starting and developing youth ministry, contact Mark Montgomery, Diocesan Youth Officer.