Equipping for ministry

Ele - one of our children and families workers in BerkshireImagine a church that recognises the calling some have to specifically minister with children, young people and families.

Our vision is that all who minister with children, young people and families are valued, equipped and supported, whatever your ministry looks like - whether you volunteer your time or are employed in your role, this page is for you. You will find information and links to things that are designed and offered to equip and enable.

Our vision is set out in Disciples Together, where under Cultural Shift four we 'imagine a church that recognises the calling some have to specifically minister with children, young people and families.’ We are moving towards being;

"A church that invests in and actively pursues excellence for children, young people and family ministry team members in how they are formed, recruited, trained and supported."

Disciples Together p.17

Subscribe to Generations, our monthly newsletter for children, young people and family ministry and the best way to keep up to date with all the news and opportunities.

Spiritual development

Your own spiritual nurture is of paramount importance as you spiritually accompany children and young people.

Personal Discipleship Plans are an invitation to have a spiritual conversation with an encourager who will ask a series of open questions and who will listen carefully to you your responses, helping you to notice where God is at work and discern God’s voice in your calling and ministry. Contact Bev Higgs requesting a PDP.  

Contemplative Toolkit(s) and training

Contemplative Toolkits are our way of supporting the spiritual nurture of children and young people through easy access contemplative practices in schools, at home and in church groups and worship. The core practices of Stilling, Noticing, Dwelling, Mending and Blessing are developed from mainly Ignatian Spiritual practices.

Take a look at Space Makers: The Contemplative Toolkit for Schools and Churches, and enjoy this sneaky peak of the Noticing exercise in the forthcoming Contemplative Toolkit for Families.

Oxfordshire Godly Play Network

All are welcome to join Godly Practitioners who meet a few times a year. Please contact group coordinator Carol Carter.

Learning opportunities


Induction Day - for newly appointed (Oct 2022-Sept 2023) Children, Young People and Family Ministers:

5 September 2023 - 10am-2.30pm - Church House, Kidlington, Oxford - to register click here

Various courses for any interested learner are available through Oxford Diocese Lifelong Learning programme.

Day and residential retreats


For volunteer children, young people and family ministers:

BOOKINGS CLOSED - Saturday 1 October - 10am-4pm

The Discipleship Enabler team warmly invite you to a day retreat at Douai Abbey.

It’s open to anyone who volunteers in ministry among children, young people and families in and through our churches. The day will start with welcome and coffee at 10am, and end with tea and cake at 4pm (with lunch in a middle). There will be led prayer practices, personal space, participation in the Abbey midday prayer, and a reflective walk. No experience necessary! 

For parish-employed children, young people and family ministers:

24-26 January 2023 - DEPTH Retreat - to register your interest contact Bev Higgs.

Join a Zoom drop-in

Drop in for a conversation about any aspect of ministry with children, young people and families with a Discipleship Enabler and other practitioners. Simply bring your question and curiosity to join in! 

Engaging with children, young people and families

Yvonne Morris and Ian Macdonald will be available for questions and conversations regarding children, young people and family ministry:

7 November - 7.45pm-8.45pm - Join the Zoom drop-in

Register for a Zoom webinar

3 October - 7.45pm-8.45pm - Toddler Group Ministry - register here 

15 November - 7.45pm-8.45pm - How to grow your ministry with children and young people - register here 


Greenhouse Learning Community: In addition to Deanery Greenhouses there are currently two specific Greenhouses supporting Youth Ministry and Intergenerational Approaches.  

1 November - 7.30pm-8.30pm - Youth Greenhouse - 'Check in and Catch up' Zoom gathering - register here

4 February 2023 - 9.30am-12.30pm - Youth Greenhouse - in person gathering - venue TBC - contact Bev Higgs.

Intergenerational Greenhouse Zoom Gathering - date tbc - contact Bev Higgs.

An opportunity to meet with others who are seeking to experiment and grow as Intergenerational communities. Open to all Team members - voluntary, employed, clergy.

A time for noticing, learning, dreaming, planning, praying. 

Network Meetings


For parish-employed children, young people and family ministers:

An invite to network, learn, laugh, talk and play. To register click the link below:

2 November - 10am-3pm - Beckley Village Hall, Nr. Oxford

Other sources of training and development

Consultancy, mentoring, support and bespoke training

There are a team of Discipleship Enablers attached to each of the Archdeaconries. They also hold specialisms across youth work and ministry, children’s and family ministry, and partnership with schools. They would be delighted to hear from you.

Yvonne Morris

Oxford/Dorchester and Children & Family specialist


Ian Macdonald

Berkshire and Young People specialist


James Wood

Buckingham and Schools specialist


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