Welcome to Saltshaker, a resource for all involved in Children's Ministry. 

Our Diocese covers about 1500 square miles and has more than 600 churches serving nearly 3 million people and 140 church schools. In every area there are people committed to children and to their spiritual welfare. We want to help you help children find faith, grow in faith and reach their full potential in Christ. We hope the information on this site will help you fulfil your ministry.

How can we support you

Steve Kersys works as the Children's Work Adviser for Chelmsford Diocese. He is available as a resource to support, encourage, train and resource you and those in your church in children's and family ministries.

Steve has wide experience working with children and families in churches, schools and colleges and the wider community. He has worked as a deputy head teacher of a primary school and is trained in communications.

Steve can support your ministry:
  • Training and presentations for all who are involved or interested in children’s ministry
  • Supporting you as you implement Transforming Presence for children and families in your context
  • Working alongside Parishes to create and develop a vision for children’s ministry
  • Parish visits to advise on resources and on the development of children's ministry
  • Saltshaker website packed with resources.
  • Regular Saltshaker emails packed with resources, updates, events and information. 
  • Email and telephone support
For more information please contact Steve;

e : steve@saltshaker.org.uk
t : 07541 240607   

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News & Views
Welcome to News and Views. This section offers the very latest news  from a variety of websites and blogs.

Twitter & Children's Ministry


Children & Communion
We have rewritten our resources for Admission of children to Holy Communion. Resources include; 
  • Introductory letter from Bishop Stephen 
  • Process for a parish 
  • Application form 
  • Resources 
Take a look at these and other resources here.

Please contact the Children’s Work Adviser, Steve Kersys, if you would like to discuss how your parish might consider admission of children to Holy Communion.

We’ve also written guidance notes on school Eucharists, which can be accessed here.

Growth of Love
The Study Pack to The Growth of Love engages with key elements of life and faith in a creative and reflective way. The Study Pack has 20 study cards, copy of the book “The Growth of Love”, copy of the book “Reflections of Living with Children”, Facilitators’ Guide, Summary Notes. The 20 study cards cover the five key themes of the book – Security; Boundaries; Significance; Community and Creativity – as well as three introductory cards and one final card encouraging reflection on the course. The study cards are designed for use by small groups with a course facilitator. The ideal size for the groups is between 6 and 8 people. More>>

St Mark's College 
St Mark’s is a superb centre near Saffron Walden. The Centre is available to youth, school and adult groups for residential stays, day conferences and retreats. A range of facilities and activities are available on and around the site. A full description of these can be found here

Children & Bullying 
Kidscape have produced a booklet for primary aged children on bullying. It’s great to see a children’s resource written for children.

Small Grant Funding
The Mission Opportunity Fund Assessment Committee provides small grants to enable mission initiatives, which require a modest amount of funding, to get started. A total of £3,000 is available in each Episcopal Area, each year. Awards are granted for one off payments only. Normally, the maximum award would be £750. It is permissible to use a small grant to enable a pilot scheme for an initiative that might lead to a larger grant from the MOF. Download form here.
 Blogs & Websites

Care for the Family have a range of resources and some e-newsletters available on; 


Children in the Bible, Anne Richards
Anne re-examines what the Bible has to say about children & discovers themes of call, commission, blessing, healing and salvation. In weaving biblical analysis with stories of contemporary children and childhood, Anne offers fresh perspectives which argue that children are deeply woven into God's purposes as well as makers of God's story. More>>

Creative ways to tell a Bible story
Marytn Payne Martyn has a wealth of experience as a creative story teller & offers ways to introduce, tell and reflect on Bible stories. More>>

Get Messy!
A magazine to support Messy Churches with 3 issues per year. Session outlines, articles and Bible studies to help your Messy Church flourish. More>>

Lifelong Faith
LifelongFaith offer all issues of the Lifelong Faith Journal as a free service - new issues and back issues. More>>