There have been so many developments in our understanding of the spirituality and faith development of children and young people over the last few years. Sometimes when we are busy doing, it is hard to get the time, or the energy, to find out more and keep up to date with how these understandings can transform our practice. We will be offering a wide variety of training opportunities across the Diocese, so make sure you sign up for the monthly mailing, if you haven't already done so, to find out more.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Are you looking for a rich and meaningful way to work with children in the Christian faith aged 3-12 years? Come to this fascinating taster session and discover what the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd can offer. It is a Christian catechesis programme for children aged 3-12 years which enables them to experience and form an authentic relationship with God. The Catechesis is rooted in Scripture and the Liturgy of the Church and is inspired by Maria Montessori’s principles of education. It perceives the child not as an empty vessel ready to be instructed about God, but rather as someone who already has a deep relationship with God and who needs language and a space to help this relationship to grow. It invites the adult to move out of the role of teacher and serve instead as a co-listener and co-learner with the child before the word of God.

Led by Dominic Black, Vicar of Holy Trinity North Ormesby and Catherine Reid, Vicar of the Ampleforth benefice.

For more information visit the training page

Safeguarding Training

It is really important that all volunteers that work with children and young people have completed the basic levels of safeguarding training (C0 and C1). These are available online and can be completed in your own time in a few hours. Leaders of events and activities should also attend C2 training, and consider doing the S3 - Responding to Domestic Abuse training. There are a number of dates available on the Diocesan website and the training is delivered across the Diocese, free of charge.

Certificate in Children's Ministry

We are partnering with Cliff College to offer a Certificate in Children's Ministry. This is being delivered at Cliff College in Derbyshire, 14th to 18th October 2019. The cost for the course and full board in ensuite accommodation is £435. More information in due course

Higher Education Certificate, Diploma and Degree in Mission and Ministry

Cliff College offers specialist studies in Mission and Ministry for people working with children, young people or families. You can choose to study on a full or part time basis, and student finance is available. Visit their website for more information, or contact Carolyn Edwards

Funding for training

If you feel that God is calling you to equip and resource your mission and ministry with a deeper level of study, but you are concerned about funding, do get in touch. It might also be worth exploring the Bernard Mezeki Trust fund