youth, children’s and families ministry in the Diocese of Portsmouth


developing ministry in local parishes and projects


equipping leaders, helpers and volunteers


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Finding the right resources for your group and activity is one of the important aspects of working with children, young people and families. We have a wealth of experience in this area and are able to advise what might work in your local situation. So if you’re looking for the following please get in touch:
  • The right curriculum materials for teaching – including Young Church Magazine
  • Confirmation and baptism resources
  • Messy Church Stuff – glorious messiness!
  • Fun items/activities that make your programme buzz!
  • Craft ideas – If you’re looking for craft materials go here
  • Advice on residential and activity centres
  • Advice on summer camps, pilgrimages and festivals
  • Music and technical bits – how to make videos on smart phones etc
  • Other

Some Useful Resources

Diocesan policy, process and resources for admitting children to communion in your parish (April 2014).

If you are interested in finding out more, read this interesting article from the Pompey Chimes on “The Big Issue: Should children take Communion?”

The diocesan youth and children’s team have a selection of the recommended resources for you to view. Please get in touch.

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We are all on a journey of faith; wherever we are on that journey, and no matter how far we have travelled, we are seeking to be Disciples of Christ. To develop and grow in our discipleship we need to be stimulated and challenged in our daily lives by the teachings of the Bible. Stewardship is a significant part of this growth… and this includes growth for children and young people. Here’s a collection of resources to help you in this important and exciting area of ministry:
  • Giving In Grace: Money Matters – Creative resources for talking money with children and young people (0-18yrs)click here for pdf download  (produced Liverpool Diocese).
  • Young People: Giving For Life – Five sessions and an All Age service outline (14-18yrs) – click here for pdf download – (produced by Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham).
  • Gifts and Talents – Material to explore stewarship with Children and Young People (0-18yrs) click here for pdf download(produced by Diocese of West Yorkshire & The Dales).
  • Going For Growth: Children & Stewardship – Resource sheet exploring how can we encourage children and young people to be good stewards (0-11yrs) download MSWord file here  – (produced by CofE).
  • Children’s Stewardship Resources – a selection of worksheets, resources and ideas (0-11yrs) – download .zip file here(produced by Diocese of Peterborough).

Young Church Magazine is a weekly resource to use with young children in church. Based on the Gospel reading from the New Common lectionary, it is a double-sided A4 sheet of seasonally appropriate puzzles and games, relating to the Sunday theme, for primary school aged children. There is also a colouring sheet for younger children.

It is a practical tool to use with children who stay throughout the service. The children can do the puzzles during the sermon, or take it home. It can also be used as an insert in the church magazine.

This handy resource is available quarterly by email or post for the annual fee of £15. If interested in taking out a subscription please contact us  on 02392 899 678 or email

Download a sample.

This resource is produced by Bath and Wells Diocese and distributed by Diocese of Portsmouth with permission.


Getting equipped to work with young people, children and families is more than just having a big stash of resources (although that does help). We offer training for all leaders, helpers and volunteers. We run interest courses across the diocese (these are publicised via our news page, email newsletter and social media streams) and bespoke courses for parishes and groups. Areas of training:
  • Baptism, Confirmation & Communion Confirmation
  • Worship – All-Age, All-Stage and Multi-Generational Approaches
  • Working across Generations
  • Meeting the needs of young people, children and families
  • Nurture and Spirituality – click here
  • Discipling young people – click here
  • Participation – getting young people and children involved!
  • Working in local schools
  • Basic leaders course – click here
  • Planning a programme
  • Creating a youth group
  • Inspiring creativity
  • Toddler and play groups
  • Discipline – how to work with difficult groups
  • Other – just call!
If you have a training need please do get in touch. It’s really easy to set up a training event so we look forward to hearing from you.


Discovery is here to support you in all that you doing with youth, children and families ministry. Sometimes just having someone to talk things through over a coffee can provide clarity. Alternatively we are able to offer support and advice on the following areas:
  • Worship – All-age, youth services and festivals
  • Finding the right materials and resources for your group
  • Baptism – making the most of this awesome opportunity
  • Communion before confirmation – policy, procedures and practice
  • Reviewing your current provision –  a consultative approach
  • Employing a worker – from advert through interviews to induction
  • Best practice and Health & Safety when working with young people and children
  • For Safeguarding and DBS go here
  • Residential and camps
  • Funding and grant applications
  • Finding the right leaders, volunteers and helpers
  • Other.
Please get in touch…


Mission, Discipleship & Ministry Team
Diocese of Portsmouth
1st Floor, Peninsular House
Wharf Road, Portsmouth, PO2 8HB

Tel: 02392 899650 (switchboard)

Youth & Children’s Work Adviser,
Discovery Gap Year & Young Vocations Coordinator,
Discovery Web Coordinator – Ben Mizen