Children's Work Training and Events
Training and events going on in the Diocese and beyond.

Prayer & Worship Night

For a while now we have felt that God is up to something, planning something significant with this generation of young people. As those who would love to see children and teenagers encountering the love of God we felt the best place to start is in prayer and worship. So why not join us as we pray for young people and seek God as to how we best reach & disciple them.

These nights are a great way to connect with each other in prayer.

Our Next Meet Up

All the evenings will run from 6.30-8.30pm with refreshments at the beginning.

Wednesday 5 February | Blackburn Cathedral Crypt (BB1 5AA)
Monday 6 April | St Paul's Church, Marton (FY3 9PF)
Wednesday 20 May | St Stephen’s Church, Burnley (BB11 3JA)
Tuesday 14 July | Preston (Venue TBC)

Chdn & Yth Work Prayer & Worship Night

Open the Door: Children's Ministry Conference


Fri 28th – Sat 29th February 2020


Barton Grange Hotel, PR3 5EE


£38 – £110pp


The Board of Education is now accepting bookings for the ‘Open the Door’ Children’s Ministry Conference on Friday 28th – Saturday 29th February 2020. This time we’ll be considering how we connect with a digitally native generation and share the gospel with children currently beyond our reach.

The keynote speakers include Rob Steward, Stela Stansfield and Ruth Hassall.

Friday 28th – Saturday 29th February 2020

Barton Grange Hotel, 746-768 Garstang Rd, Barton, Preston, PR3 5EE

There are two price brackets for this event:

£110 per person – Friday and Saturday conference access (Bookings no longer being taken for overnight)

This includes:

  • Conference dinner
  • Friday evening session
  • Accommodation
  • Access to hotel leisure facilities
  • Breakfast
  • Saturday conference with keynote speakers
  • Choose of workshops
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • FREE delegate pack

£38 per person – Saturday full day conference access (Places still available)

This includes:

  • Saturday conference with keynote speakers
  • Choice of workshops
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • FREE delegate pack

Children's Network Meetings

Our network meetings are open to all those who work with children in parishes to come along and receive FREE training, see new resources, share news and ideas, plus meet other children’s workers. Meetings will start at 7pm, aiming to be finished by around 8.30pm.
No need to book a place, just turn up on the night!

Dates for the Autumn Term

Autumn term dates have finished. Watch this space for the dates for Summer.

In the meantime, you can join us at our Children's Ministry Conference on 28th-29th February.

Belonging: Supporting Autistic Children and Adults in Your Church


Wed 12 February 2020


St Thomas’ Church, LA1 1XX




Belonging is our series of training workshops to support and equip Children and Youth Workers to understand and include children who have additional needs.

This workshop will look at how we can understand the child, reflecting on their belonging in our groups and how we read the behaviour that challenges us. There will be practical advice and resources. The evening will be aimed at anyone working with children in Church but everyone with an interest in the subject is very welcome.

7:30pm to 9pm on Wednesday 12 February 2020

St Thomas’ Church, Lancaster, LA1 1XX

This event is FREE

Belonging: Understanding ADHD


Mon 16 March 2020


St Stephen’s on the Cliffs, FY2 9RB




Belonging is our series of training workshops to support and equip Children and Youth Workers to understand and include children who have additional needs.

ADHD is misunderstood. The image of ‘the naughty child’ is outdated and damaging. This course will help you understand what ADHD is and how we can support children and young people (and into adulthood)in our church with plenty of positive ideas and strategies to help them know that they belong and that the family of God is a place they can thrive.

7pm to 9pm on Monday 16 March 2020

St Stephen’s on the Cliffs, Blackpool, FY2 9RB

This event is £5.98

Youth Camp 2020:
With Your God


19-21 June 2020


Hothersall Lodge, Longridge


£75 (until 14 February 2020)


An activity weekend away for young people in school years 6 to 9 with a twist! Join us in June 2020 to have a lot of fun, do some fantastic outdoor activities and to explore what it means to live everyday with Jesus. 

This year we will be looking at Superheroes of Faith, as well as discovering our own origin story, all within a superhero theme.

7pm on Friday 19th to 2pm on Sunday 21st June 2020.

Hothersall Lodge, Longridge, Lancashire.

Friday Night we gather at Hothersall, settle in and enjoy our opening session, before heading out into the woods for a campfire which is always accompanied by some tasty goodness.

Saturday starts with breakfast ahead of our second session. Then we have several hours of different outdoor activities. In the evening we have our third session ahead of a surprise to end the night!

Sunday sees us compete in some team games and then share Communion together as our final session before we head home.

We want to make Youth Camp as accessible as we possible can so this year we have sought to offer two early bird rates before the price goes up to the full rate.

Early early bird – £75 (until 14 February)

Early bird – £85 (until 12 April)

Full Rate – £95 (thereafter)

If finances are going to be a stumbling block please do get in touch and we will let you know how to apply to the ‘Pendleton Fund’ to support a young person in attending youth camp.

Inspire Course

A four week course to inspire those volunteering week by week in their Church Children’s work. The aim is to have fun and learn about new resources, crafts and activities.

Developed for you

There is a rough structure that an Inspire course will take, but it is established and created just for you and your workers. We will then invite others to join after the course has been confirmed. To discover more click the button below.