Saltshaker - Sept 2011


Saltshaker - Resources to support you in your ministry amongst children and families

Steve Kersys
Children's Work Adviser - & 07541 240607

Revd Canon Pat Prestney
Under 5s Adviser - & 01206 255319


Ministry with and amongst children is both exciting and demanding. The opportunities for seeing God at work in children’s lives are immense. Inspire, the Bishop’s Certificate in Children’s Ministry, is a one year course, starting in October, specifically designed to encourage, equip and inspire you for this exciting ministry.

  • Grow in your understanding of children and of how children grow spiritually, physically, mentally, socially and emotionally
  • Develop your vision for ministry with children both inside and outside the church setting
  • Build on your skills and develop new ones.
  • Develop your confidence
  • See how children’s ministry looks in other settings
  • Consider how we might share our fantastic good news in ways that are relevant and appropriate for children in this generation

For more information and booking forms contact Rachel Orford,
01245 294441 &
Download brochure here

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Explore is a 6 week course for those working with or caring for 0-5s and their families. The course mixes of theory and practice, prayer and worship and is infused with fun. You are encouraged to keep a reflective project file throughout. The course costs £30 which includes all course materials and refreshments. Course content includes;

  • Going for Growth, children’s spirituality, child development, what the Bible says
  • Recognising the need, building a team, starting/reviewing a group, health and safety
  • Learning together, worshipping together, resourcing and running a crèche           
  • Child Protection
  • Storytelling, prayers, puppets, music, craft        
  • Involving men, special needs - parents and children, course review and feedback

For more information and booking forms contact Rachel Orford,
01245 294441 &
Download brochure here

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Explore - Quiet Days
If you work with children from 0-11 and in any setting why not come apart awhile and take time for refreshment at one of our Explore - Quiet Days.

  • Thursday 6th October 2011 - St Mark’s Church Hall, Clacton on Sea
  • Saturday 29th  October 2011 - St John’s Church Hall, Corringham
  • Wednesday 28th March 2011 - Pleshey House of Retreat

All days run from 9.30am - 2.30pm
Cost - £10.00 ( includes light lunch)
For more information and booking forms contact Rachel Orford
01245 294441 &

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Family Festival
Advance Notice – put it in the diary now
The Big Pray Inn
Family Festival 2012
Saturday 16th June 2012
Chelmsford Cathedral
Workshops include; Creative Prayer, Prayer Labyrinth, Puppet Ministry, Creative Worship, World Prayer, Sign language, Godly Play, Prayer Tabernacle, Tactile Art, Creative Art & much more!
Details & Bookings - Rachel Orford & 01245 294441

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Year of the Bible
Service celebrating the Year of the Bible
A multi-generational celebration engaging with the Bible.
Sunday 23rd October 2011
Chelmsford Cathedral
Contact Cathedral Office for details (01245 294482)

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Internet & Online Safety
Evening session delivered by Andy Poultney, Barking Area Youth Adviser
20th September 2011
Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Road, Springfield, Chelmsford
7.30pm - 9.30pm
Please book through Andy
07903 112599
Cost £5 to be paid on the night.

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Just a Child?
Arise Ministries conference exploring how children in your community might discover Jesus and become His followers.
Saturday 1st October 2011 - Fullbridge Church, Maldon
Saturday 8th October 2011 - Kingswood Baptist Church, Basildon
Programme includes;

  • Children - within our reach
  • Children - ready for release
  • Children - growing as disciples
  • Practical ideas

Please book places by 19th September 2011



Harvest Resources
Christian Aid - helping farmers in Bangladesh
World Vision - variety of resources
Tear Fund - a community in Uganda
Water Aid - focus on Ethiopia
USPG - Come Dine with us
CMS - Food for Thought, a range of materials and downloads including some for Messy Church
Church Urban Fund - general Harvest resources which focus on inequality within the UK
Barnabas in Churches - ideas for Harvest talks and activities with children. Scroll down to H for Harvest
CTBI - Our Daily Bread


Top Trends
Recently, a range of people contributed to a “Top Trends” survey in Children’s ministry. Here’s a snapshot of results;

Top Trends in children's ministry

  1. Messy Church
  2. Family Ministry
  3. Schools/non-Sunday Ministry

Top challenges for the local church

  1. Recruiting, sustaining and developing volunteers
  2. Lack of vision or understanding of mission
  3. Shrinking numbers of children
  4. Inaccessible worship


  1. Messy Church
  2. Godly Play/Children’s Spirituality
  3. All-age worship
  4. Resources
  5. Recruiting/working with leaders

Top challenges for the national church

  1. Keeping children on the church’s agenda
  2. Training for ordinands and clergy in children’s/family ministry and issues
  3. Accessible worship and liturgies
  4. Keeping up with Government issues

The Big Draw
... intended to get people drawing in October. This year's theme is Drawing Age.


Care for the Family's National Conference ... 
... on toddler groups is on Saturday 24th September 2011.
Download leaflet


Christian Youth Worker, Tiptree, Essex
TYPO, the Tiptree Youth Project Outreach, has recently been formed by the four Christian churches in Tiptree.  We are looking to develop Christian youth work in the village, the local schools and surrounding areas, providing the young people in the community with interesting, absorbing and entertaining activities to learn about life, citizenship and explore the Christian faith.
We are looking for an experienced worker to build and develop TYPO from scratch into a successful and worthwhile organisation.  (NYA points 12+) with a salary in the region of £22,000 - £24,000.  For a complete job specification see apply to the Chairman, Nick Crick, at .
Closing date for applications October 1st.  Interviews in October.


Listening to the child
The Centre for Children and Theology continues to publish responses from children to scripture.


PrayGround has a number of interactive prayer ideas - some online - that creative ways of talking and listening with God. Under the Resources tab are a range of prayer ideas for parents to use with children from their earliest weeks and months.


Stories of Church
It’s church .... but not as we know it
Messy baptisms & confirmations
Church in a children’s centre
Holy commotion
Holy Space – Wickford - an after-school church for all ages.


Sports Academy
A five-day holiday club plan, complete and ready-to-run by John Hardwick
Contains five 2 & 1/2 hour programmes plus extra ideas for a special service or event.

  Bible Word Wall - great youtube link to get ideas flowing and to give people a voice (or pen!)

  Faith in homes

  ROOTS ... 
... publishes great value (ony £41 per year) lectionary-based worship resources in bi-monthly magazines: ROOTS Children & Young People, plus a supporting website,

  Bible in Literacy ... 
... a range of resources to help primary aged pupils engage with the Bible.
Download a copy of their leaflet here.
For more details:
T : 07939 329879
W :
E :

Really Useful Blogs

Dave Csinos looks at children's Christian education.

Sharon Ely-Pearson shares ideas of creating environments which children grow and flourish spiritually.

A question from an American blog about the challenges of children who have ADD.

An article about worshipping & children with special needs

Children belong in church

Theology about the child, theology by the child, and child theology - join this group.