Children and Youth Ministry Training

The Children's Ministry Training

The Children’s Ministry Training from this Autumn 2023 to Summer 2024 has a new look to it. The difference is that you can pick and choose which sessions you want to do, or you can commit to the whole course The focus remains the same - to explore how we keep children and families at the heart of all the ministry and mission decisions of our churches, by growing faith in the intersections between church-home and school 


Come on the ‘Growing Faith Adventure’ to learn further how to connect with children and families in church flowing into our schools, households and wider community so that they can thrive in faith. 

If you lead, volunteer or help in children’s groups in your church, or at the church toddler group, or at Messy Church, or Sunday School, volunteer in your local Primary School or just have a desire to connect the good news message in this ever changing world, with children this training is for you.

Who will lead the training?

The Gen2 team, with two core teams of Children’s and Families’ workers (paid and volunteers) will be running training in the north and the south of the diocese from October. 


Who can come?

Anyone with a passion to build church connection  with  children and families, whether you are a volunteer, a paid worker, have no experience or plenty, have many children in church or none. Come as a team to gather great resources and implement them into your church and community.


Children's Ministry Training sessions are now open for booking. All sessions will be on a Tuesday evening from 7-9pm.

In the north of the diocese:

Resources for Simply Outside




In the South of the diocese: all sessions will be at St. Michael's Parish Rooms, Silverstone

Simply Outside: 7th May 2024

Simply Intergenerational: 4th June 2024




Download the handbook here

To find out more, please contact Charlotte Nobbs, 


After School Happiness Club Training

Would you like to bless your school by supporting them in developing the wellbeing of children in your community?

After a successful pilot to run After School Happiness Clubs last year, the Peterborough Diocese Gen2 Children and Youth team, in partnership with Action for Happiness, are pleased to be offering FREE training that will prepare you to run your club in school in readiness for the Autumn term in your local school.

As some of last year’s trainees said:

“The materials and resources provided were excellent and the Padlet [a shared online resources board] with additional resources meant that there is plenty of stuff to run the group without having to search for things which is fantastic, especially for those who are not children's workers, it allows everyone to share resources.”

“The children have engaged amazingly with the activities and mindful activities. One of the girls in particular has said she has used a couple of the mindful activities to help her when she became anxious on the school residential. Another child was so excited by the curious conversation task; she took the cards to help her make friends at senior school in September.”

For more information contact:

For information and resources visit the Action for Happiness website


Youth Ministry Training 2023-2024

The WHAT, the WHY and the HOW.

Youth Ministry Training is back with a brand new series for 2023-24!

WHAT: We'll take a look at 20 crucial aspects of youth ministry over 10 events throughout the year:


After a keynote talk, you'll have the oppportunity to choose between two different workshops and learning styles.

WHY: Put on your theological thinking caps as we take a deep dive into the topic and ask the big questions together. Why does this matter? What does the Bible say? How should we respond? There will be the opportunity to share your thoughts with others and learn together in this interactive discussion.

HOW: How do we apply what we've learned? This experiential workshop will lead you step-by-step through key skills in youth ministry. How do I plan a Bible study that will engage young people? How do I support a young person who is being bullied? Come along for practical advice and support. We might even give away a free resource or two along the way!

And that's not all!

We know what a lifeline it can be sitting down with other youth workers and volunteers to discuss how things are going. That's why each evening begins with a hearty cooked meal and ends with a time of worship and prayer.

Places are available for the following sessions so don't miss on today! 

12 February - Sex & Relationships

11 March - Loneliness & Community

13 May - Unity & Diversity

10 June - Identity & Labels

8 July - Misson & Evangelism 

Email Chad Chadwick for more information


The Diocese of Peterborough Gen2 Team have brought together a group of 7 children's and youth ministry volunteers from across the Diocese to take part in a brand new nationally accredited pilot training course, delivered by Ridley Hall (Cambridge), and facilitated locally by Charlotte Nobbs and Chad Chadwick (Children & Youth Mission Enablers). Catalyst is a dynamic course which aims to equip and connect those who work with children and young people. It is free and fully funded by the Church of England. For more information take a look at the website or contact Chad or Charlotte


You can borrow resources to support you in your training. For more information visit the Children and Youth Library page.

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