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Welcoming children and young people

We long for our churches to be friendly and accessible to children and young people-places of possibility, where faith and discipleship bring life, hope and meaning to the emerging generation. These ideas are central to the vision and strategies of both the national Church of England and the Diocese of Guildford.

If you’re thinking about developing the ministry your church does with children and young people (as a result of the Parish Needs Process or otherwise), the Diocesan Mission Enablers for Children & Families and Youth are here to help.

We’d really welcome a conversation, so please do get in touch:

For youth ministry                                        For children and families ministry

Alastair Etheridge                                       Emma Coy


Recruiting children and youth leaders

If you are looking to recruit for a full or part-time dedicated role holder for children and families and/or youth ministry, then we have lots of support available.

Call us for a chat about this.

We can provide you with guidance on discerning the kind of person you might want to recruit, creating a job description, advertising a post, DBS checks and more.

Visit the Safeguarding page for more on safer recruitment.

Download some prayer resources to help your congregation support this process in prayer. 

Training and support

We signpost to, and offer training and support to clergy, employed workers and volunteers and this is usually identified through the Parish Needs Process.

If you have begun a Parish Needs Process, this should help to highlight any training gaps, and you’ll be referred to us to signpost you to courses and other learning resources to suit your context and your vision.

Safeguarding training is mandatory for all leaders working with children and young people. Visit the safeguarding page to see what level of training you need.

For leaders

Visit this dedicated page for specific support for Children and Families and Youth Leaders, including key volunteers. It also outlines details of the First Timers Scheme – a course which will helps new recruits get to grips with their new role.

Keeping in touch

Any leaders working with children and young people in the Diocese of Guildford can keep in touch with all that’s happening across the diocese by signing up to our regular newsletter.

Follow one or more of our social media accounts too (your request to join will be checked first by the account Admins, so allow up to a couple of days for this to happen):

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