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Southwark Diocese Children, Youth & Family Ministry Training

The Diocese offers a number of training events (in person and online) throughout the year to help volunteers, paid workers or those in commissioned or licensed ministries to grow and develop their ministry with children and young people.    Check out the What’s On page for upcoming training.

Aurora Children Ministry Course

From January 2022, we are running a mixed mode course of online and offline training sessions.  Aurora children is for anyone aged 16+ working with children in church, community or school. A child-centred course, suitable for those just beginning to work with children and for those who have done so for many years. Through input, guided reading, sharing, activities and reflection on your own practice, you will be empowered to find a fresh focus.  Click here for more details and how to enrol.

On completion of the course, students are invited to explore the option of becoming a commissioned Children, Youth or Family Minister in their parish.  This will include completing the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship.

Aurora Youth Ministry course

We plan to run the Aurora Youth course from September 2022, alternating between the children’s and youth courses each year… watch this space!

Local training programme

This is aimed at parishes, clusters of churches and/or deaneries who want to run training tailored to their local needs. Advice and guidance is offered to ensure maximum effectiveness. The CYP local training fund is available to help pay for any trainer costs (T+Cs apply) and we can also help if you need advice on sourcing suitable training. Get in touch to see how we can support your local ministry.

CYP Basics, led by Keli Bolton: This is our core course for those engaged or interested in work with CYP. It’s a whistle-stop tour across the basics of ministry with CYP which does not assume experience and yet offers much for lively discussion, reflection and development of practice. It works especially well with whole (or majority) volunteer teams from churches as it encourages teams to think together about their vision for ministry.

Meet Gen Z, led by Aike Kennett-Brown: This half day or evening session is aimed at helping your church think about the culture that our young people inhabit and how we can share faith between the different generations.

Safeguarding Training: It is a legal requirement for anyone volunteering with CYP to have safeguarding training. For more details do look at our Safeguarding Training page

We can also speak as part of your Sunday service or other events. Do contact us to chat through the possibilities.

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