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Resources for children’s ministry

Children’s ministry practitioners are looking for places to get high-quality, dependable resources.

Here are some great places to start, specially chosen by leading practitioners from across the UK.


ceas promotes Christian Education among children and young people in Scotland, encouraging everyone engaged in ministries with children, both volunteers and professionals.

ceas addresses major contemporary issues in promoting Christian Education among children in Scotland, working ecumenically as a member of the CTBI Children’s Ministry Network and linking with colleagues across Europe.

ceas supports individuals and organisations to promote projects and research in Christian Education.

Play Church

Ever imagined what it would be like not only to play in church, but to play at church? Claire Benton-Evans, Children and Youth Officer with the Scottish Episcopal Church Diocese of Edinburgh has dreamed and designed such an approach in Play Church. It's a fully-fledged immersive children's experience complete with all sorts of items for use in worship.

In this extended video Claire describes play Church, how she developed the idea and explains why it is useful in enabling children's growth in worship and faith.

Core Skills for churches. Develop knowledge and underpin practice with theological understanding.

Children’s Ministry 2 - 11th March, Sauchie. Leadership & teamwork, children and community, pastoral awareness.

Family Ministry 2 - 29th April, Glasgow. Understanding ‘family’, seasons of family life, wellbeing.

Children’s Ministry 1 - 10th june, Edinburgh. Child development, programme planning, Bible and prayer.

Further details from Isobel Booth-Clibborn at The Church of Scotland or Richard Knott at the United Free Church of Scotland.

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Church of Scotland Community of Faith Conference

26th August, Dunfermline. The Church of Scotland will launch its  Learn: Children and Young People publication at this day conference and will explore new and exciting ideas on a range of topics covered in the publication.  Following the three chapters in the publication - Being Church Together, Working Together and Forming Together - you will hear from twelve different speakers and have opportunities for discussion and sharing with one another.  There will also be worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place with a range of organisations exhibiting and a book stall to browse.  Booking is now open with an early bird price of £16.50 available until 30th April (this includes lunch and a complimentary copy of the Learn: Children and Young People Publication). Please do join us and bring your volunteers. More details.

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Engaging Young Refugees: An Equipping Day for Youth Workers

Thursday, 23 March 2017 Time: 13.00 – 16.30. A day of training for those wanting to engage with young refugees and unaccompanied minors in their community.  Interactive content including: overview of refugee resettlement vs asylum system, life as a young refugee in the UK, education as hope for the future,mental health of young refugees, reaching out to refugees and asylum seekers and safeguarding young refugees and asylum seekers. The event will be taking place via a live stream from Youthscape’s Luton Centre in cities across the UK-  Inverurie West Parish Church, West High Street, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 3SA; Church of Scotland Offices, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN; The Renfield Centre, Renfield St Stephen’s Church of Scotland, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JP; Lochside Church, Lochside Road, Ayr, KA8 9LH. Book here.

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Mental Health and disability Issues training day

Friday 28th April (Stirling) and Saturday 29th April (Glasgow) 10-4. A day to give opportunities to understand Scottish legislation, focus on some specific issues faced by children young people with mental and disability issues and look at how we might become more inclusive church environment.

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Mental Health and disability Issues training day