Training & skills

It is crucial to provide appropriate training and support to children's workers, so they understand the work in which they are engaged, and also feel supported. The resources below can play an important part here.

Do also look at the Growing Churches section, which features the Growing Leaders range.

Core Skills books and introduction

'Over the last 2 or 3 years we have been delivering the Core Skills modules to local volunteers and we have found the course popular and I have personally seen the impact it has had on children's ministry in local parishes. After your conference in September 2010 we have also started presenting some of the More Core Skills modules which have been equally popular with participants.'
Angela George, Convenor, Children's Task Force, Diocese of Norwich

Core Skills for Family Ministry

Core Skills for Family Ministry

Developing key skills for church-based family ministry Consultative Group on Ministry among Children £12.99

Core Skills is an interdenominational modular scheme offering foundational training for all those involved with church-based family ministry.

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Core Skills for Children's Work

Core Skills for Children's Work

Developing and extending key skills for children's ministry The Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (CGMC) £12.99

A practical and creative course to provide training for children's workers through six foundational modules.

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Core Skills for Children's Work (PDF Download)

Core Skills for Children's Work (PDF Download)

Developing and extending key skills for children's ministry The Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (CGMC) £12.99

A practical and creative course to provide training for children's workers through six foundational modules.

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More Core Skills for Children's Work

More Core Skills for Children's Work

Extended learning skills for church-based children's ministry The Consultative Group for Ministry Among Children (CGMC) £12.99

Building on the foundational teaching in Core Skills for Children's Work, this complementary resources offers six key modules of extended training for children's workers and their teams of adult helpers and young leaders.

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More Core Skills for Children's Work (PDF Download)

More Core Skills for Children's Work (PDF Download)

Extended learning skills for church-based children's ministry The Consultative Group for Ministry Among Children (CGMC) £12.99

Building on the foundational teaching in Core Skills for Children's Work, this complementary resources offers six key modules of extended training for children's workers and their teams of adult helpers and young leaders.

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Core Skills modules

Core Skills Transitions Module (PDF Download)

Core Skills Transitions Module (PDF Download)

A Core Skills for Children's Work module The Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (CGMC) £3.00

A Core Skills module to download and use. This practical and creative module enables children's workers to support children through the different transitional experiences in their journey from infancy to early adolescence.

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Core Skills Special Needs Module (PDF Download)

Core Skills Special Needs Module (PDF Download)

A Core Skills for Children's Work module The Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (CGMC) £3.00

A Core Skills module to download and use. This module is designed to develop a knowledge and understanding of children with dissabilities and explore ways to make all activities accessible, inclusive and welcoming.

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Core Skills Challenging Behaviour Module (PDF Download)

Core Skills Challenging Behaviour Module (PDF Download)

A Core Skills for Children's Work module The Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (CGMC) £3.00

A Core Skills module to download and use. This module explores issues around challenging behaviour and to identify mechanisms for dealing with challenging behaviour.

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Core Skills Global Dimension Module (PDF Download)

Core Skills Global Dimension Module (PDF Download)

A Core Skills for Children's Work module The Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (CGMC) £3.00

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Core Skills Advocacy Module (PDF Download)

Core Skills Advocacy Module (PDF Download)

A Core Skills for Children's Work module The Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (CGMC) £3.00

A Core Skills module to download and use. This module aims to explore the role of advocacy in children's work; to explore the balance between advocating for the child and enabling the child's own voice to be heard; to question the role of the Children's Advocate.

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Core Skills Young Leaders Module (PDF Download)

Core Skills Young Leaders Module (PDF Download)

A Core Skills for Children's Work module The Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (CGMC) £3.00

A Core Skills module to download and use. This module explores the theme of Young Leaders in Children's work.

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Other training and skills titles

The Church and Boys

The Church and Boys

Making the connection Nick Harding £8.99

Why are men and boys so under-represented in churches? Why do churches find it so difficult to cater for boys? What would help boys in church grow into mature men of faith? This uniquely inspiring book by Nick Harding spells out the problem and encourages churches to see this in missional terms. The main part of the book includes resources, suggestions and ideas to help boys connect better with the church, with the Bible, and with the Christian faith.

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Walking In Their Shadow

Walking In Their Shadow

Supporting children and young people through bereavement Lex Bradley £9.99

Aiming to equip children's and youth workers to support bereaved children and young people so that they are better able to adjust to bereavement as a lifelong journey. Through practical advice, biblical teaching and creative, therapeutic techniques, Walking in Their Shadow supports those working with children and young people, and in doing so directly benefits the children and young people themselves.

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A Good Childhood

A Good Childhood

Valuing children in today's society Liz Baddaley £7.99

What is it like to be a child in the UK today? How does this match up to God's plan for childhood? What are our responsibilities towards the children growing up in our communities? his resource is designed to help you to explore society's understanding of modern childhood and to inform, improve and inspire all our relationships with children. Supported by online resources including contemporary images and video interviews, it examines evidence from The Children's Society's Good Childhood Inquiry from the Bible's perspective through a series of seven studies for individuals and church groups. Each session focuses on a key theme of the research: values; inequality; family; well-being; friendship; lifestyle; and learning.

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Creative Ways to tell a Bible Story

Creative Ways to tell a Bible Story

Techniques and tools for exploring the Bible with children and families Martyn Payne £8.99

Drawing on the extensive work of the team at special events, in schools and with churches across the UK, Creative Ways to tell a Bible Story contains a wealth of tried and tested ideas designed to lift any Bible story off the page and into the hearts and minds of children and adults. The resource offers a treasure trove of ideas for opening up a Bible story (the way in), telling the story (the way through) and exploring the meaning of the story (the way out), including suggestions for reflecting on how to apply the story to our lives today.

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Participate!

Participate!

Helping young people explore discipleship and vocation Meg Prowting, Penny Fuller, Mike Seaton £11.99

Participate! is an exciting seven-week programme designed to enable 9-14s to gain the understanding and skills needed to live out their Christian lives within the local church and wider community. The material takes the approach that young people often find it difficult to establish their identity and role within the local church in the transition between being part of the children's group and settling in to a youth group.

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My Participate! journal

My Participate! journal

Exploring what it means to be a Christian disciple Meg Prowting, Penny Fuller, Mike Seaton £3.99

A reflective journal for the young people to use as a personal record of their experience accompanies the Participate! programme. The journal is designed to help build skills of reflective practice as well as encouraging the exploration of faith as part of home life.

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The Growth of Love

The Growth of Love

Understanding the five essential elements of child development Keith White £12.99

Understanding the five essential elements of child development to enable love to grow.

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All-Age Worship

All-Age Worship

Lucy Moore Currently out of print £7.99

The book for everybody scared by the thought of 'all-age'. This book by Lucy Moore is for those who sense that worshipping God together is probably a good thing, but are nervous of trying to lead their church towards that vision. It acknowledges that we don't live in a perfect world - or church - and that no-one has all the answers. It also acknowledges that you are the expert for the ways in which your church can best worship God, and helps you start to find those ways and adapt them for your local setting.

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