Serving with Accountability

Transforming Presence asks us ...
  • What are we doing to teach people to pray?
  • What are we doing to teach people the faith and help them in their discipleship?
  • What are we doing to share the faith with others?
  • What are you doing to nurture and develop the ministry of the whole people of God including enabling people to come forward for authorised lay and ordained ministry?
  • How is your church a blessing to the community you serve?
  • What are you doing to ensure your church is a place of safety and welcome for all ages and for people of all backgrounds?
We have developed a Church Heath Check, aimed at helping parishes to reflect on the ministry that is on offer. This would be an ideal tool for use with your PCC and children's leaders .

You can download a word copy of the Church Health Check here.

You can see a copy of the Health Check below.

   Yes No
Don't Know
Is there a shared vision for children’s ministry in your church?        
Do your leaders know and own your vision for children?        
Do your children know what this vision is?        
Does your wider church congregation know what this vision is and support you in working towards it realisation?        
Is children’s ministry on every PCC agenda?        
Do you provide opportunities for Christian nurture in Sunday groups for children?        
Do you provide opportunities for Christian nurture in mid-week groups for children?        
Do you provide other opportunities for Christian nurture throughout the year?        
Do leaders prepare carefully for their sessions?        
Do you provide opportunities children for children to know the scriptures, encounter God and experience God?        
Is there regular prayer in the church for children’s groups?        
Does each leader have an understanding of children’s social, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development?        
Does the wider church have an understanding of children’s social, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development?        
Do you take into account children with special needs?        
Do you have a budget for children’s work?        
If so, do you know what it is and how funds are accessed?        
Is your PCC sympathetic to spending requests?        
Does your church or any of your groups include opportunities for outreach to children and families who do not normally attend any church meetings?        
Children and Holy Communion
Has your church considered admitting children to Holy Communion prior to Confirmation?        
Do children receive bread and/or wine at Eucharistic services?        
At Eucharistic services does your church prepare and plan accordingly for any children who may be present?        
Do your eucharistic services serve your whole church community?        
Growing Leaders        
Are leaders affirmed or commissioned in a church service?        
Does your church pray for its children’s leaders?        
Do all leaders have a job description/working agreement?        
Do leaders know what is expected of them?        
Do leaders know to whom they are responsible?        
Do you, as a leader, feel supported in your role amongst children?        
Does your church run on-going training programmes for all those who work with children? Eg: Child Protection training, courses to develop the skills of leaders, practical workshops etc.        
Are there opportunities for children’s group leaders to discover new resources?        
Are leaders trained in basic first aid?        
Listening to children
Are children listened to or consulted on church matters?        
Are they involved, at any level, in the organisation and running of any church ministries?        
Are any children involved in the leading of services?        
Do you invite your children to attend and observe any of your PCC meetings? (and if so, how did you adapt them to make them more accessible?)        
Are there opportunities for leaders/ parents/ children to offer comments or recommendations when making plans for the future?        
Does the PCC follow up/consider any comments /recommendations made by children?        
All Age Worship        
Are there times in your services when all ages are together? If so, are children ignored, tolerated or accommodated?        
Are any of your services wholly all-age/family services?        
Are children welcomed at services as individuals in their own right?        
Do the leaders of church services introduce and explain things clearly?        
Are the length and the structure of services appropriate for all?        
Are children’s leaders involved in the planning or preparation of all age/family services?        
Are children involved in planning/preparing all age services?        
Are your church service resources appropriate for children? Eg. service sheets/ hymn books?        
Under 5s
Does your church run any toddler/pre-school sessions?        
Do parents/ carers with young children know about your toilet/baby changing facilities?        
Do you allocate a special ‘area’ for parents/ carers to feel comfortable with babies and very young children?        
Do they have access to good quality toys, books and activities?        
Do you communicate these facilities to parent/ carers?        
Are there key ‘befrienders’ to these parents/ carers and their children while they are in church?        
Child Protection
Do you have a parish child protection policy?        
Do you have a Child Protection officer in your parish?        
Have you appointed a Children’s Work Co-ordinator?        
Are all children’s ministry volunteers authorised by the PCC?        
Have all volunteers completed a Declaration Form?        
Do all those who come into contact with children possess an enhanced CRB Certificate verified in the last 5 years?        
Are all activities involving children and young people authorised by the PCC?        
Are all the above activities adequately insured?        
Do you know the recommended adult/child ratios?        
Are adult/child ratios adhered to?        
Are the areas where children meet warm, welcoming, safe and clean?        
Are all areas properly set up for the meetings held there?        
Are leaders aware of potential hazards, eg, electrical points, protrusions, heaters etc?        
Are leaders aware of emergency procedures?        
Is there a list of designated First Aiders displayed?        
Do all volunteers know the location of telephones, first aid kits, accident/incident books?        
Are daily/weekly registers kept and archived?        

Children in our Church
  Not at all                                                     Absolutely
In our church we believe children are important  0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10
Our congregation feel comfortable with children around them  0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10
Children are happy to be in our church  0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10
People in our church support children’s ministry through prayer  0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10
There is evidence around the church building of children’s involvement in our church life  0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10

Our church will do whatever it takes to assist children find faith and be nurtured in their faith 0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10  

As a result of completing this health check I will;

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