Bishop's Certificate​ in Children's & Family Ministry


Ministry amongst children and families can be exhilarating, demanding, fun, frenetic, exhausting,
re-juvenating and exciting … in each and every session. At times we might feel out of our depth, out of our
comfort zone, out of energy, out of resources and maybe even out on a limb.


Inspire is a flexible course specifically geared to meet your needs in your context as you minister amongst
children and families. Inspire will help you to …..


  • Grow in confidence

  • Grow in understanding

  • Develop skills


Inspire, sessions of teaching, discussion and activities hosted in venues around the Diocese.

Course Content


  • Sessions will include:

  • The World of the Child & Child Development

  • Finding and growing faith

  • Children & Spirituality

  • Vision and Aims

  • Starting from Scratch

  • Community, School, Church & Home

  • Life Journeys

  • Communication & Storytelling

  • Nurturing Creativity

  • Understanding safeguarding issues

  • Planning and Evaluating Sessions

  • Growing volunteers

  • Developing Leaders and Leadership Skills


Please bring with you your Bible, a notebook & pen and ideas,examples of resources you have used in your ministry.

Useful Downloads

Those who have attended Inspire sessions may find these downloads helpful;

  • Church Audit of Children's & Family Ministry (download)

  • Going for Growth Policy Document (download)

  • Fully Assembled - practical advice on school assemblies (download)

  • School - Church Partnerships - 50 ideas for linking with your local school (download)

  • What Matters Now - PDF of trends in children's & family ministry (download)

  • What Matters Now (Early Childhood) (download)

  • Charter for Children (download)

  • Managing Behaviour (download)

  • Supporting Volunteer Workers (download)

  • Community Survey - example in word format (download)

  • Anecdote to Evidence - research paper (download)

  • Evidence to Action - research paper (download)

  • We are Family - research paper (download)

  • Worship for All - All Age Worship tips (download)

Useful Websites

Website following up Anecdote to Evidence research, resources & help


Excellent go-to resource for downloadable resources. Click on ideas tab for resources

Great source of ideas, many downloadable, for setting up prayerstations

Messy Church official site


The Church of England site for all things children & families, plenty to hunt around


Christenings/Baptisms - official CofE site offering plenty of support & ideas

Excellent downloadable ideas for assemblies in both primary & secondary schools

Useful Books

Theological & a bit heavy – good for dipping in and out or for study ….

  • The Child in Christian Thought, Ed Marcia Bunge

  • The Child in the Bible, Ed Marcia Bunge


Good basic all round books, available in paper or kindle. Get hold of these second hand off amazon.

  • Children in the Bible: A Fresh Approach, Anne Richards

  • Children Matter, May, S, Posterski, B, Stonehouse, C, Cannell, L


Great practical series, ​Scripture Union Top Tips series. Especially…..

  • Top Tips on Helping a Child Respond to Jesus

  • Top Tips on Developing Partnerships between Church and School

  • Top Tips on Encouraging Faith to Grow

  • Top Tips on Welcoming special children

  • Top Tips on Reaching unchurched children


And also .....

  • The Growth of Love, K White     

  • Good Childhood Report, Children’s Society          

  • All Age Worship, Lucy Moore

  • Ultimate Creative Prayer, Judith Merrell 

  • The Complete Guide to Godly Play, J Berryman  

  • Messy Church, Lucy Moore

  • Local Church, Local School, Margaret Withers

Latest Courses

Venue : Rayleigh Parish Centre, Rectory Garth, Rayleigh. SS6 8BB

Dates :

Session 1 - Thursday 27th September 2018
Session 2 - Thursday 18th October 2018
Session 3 - Thursday 15th November 2018
Session 4 - Thursday 6th December 2018
Session 5 - Thursday 17th January 2019
Session 6 - Thursday 21st February 2019


Times : 7.30pm - 9.30pm


for more details please contact:

Steve Kersys (Children’s & Family Ministry Adviser)


Email :


Telephone : 07541 240607

Post : Diocesan Office, 53 New Street, Chelmsford. Essex. CM1 1AT