What do youth and children’s ministers do?

Ministry with and among children and young people can take many forms. It might be in a parish, a school, a deanery or with a Christian organisation.
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Traditionally in parishes, the focus has been on Sunday mornings or evenings, with a strong emphasis on Christian formation in peer groups. However increasingly churches are exploring other ways and times of engaging with children and young people. A children or youth minister might find themselves involved with:

  • All-age / intergenerational worship
  • Mid-week groups based in schools and churches
  • Collective worship in schools
  • Carer and toddler services
  • Youth groups
  • Messy Church
  • Godly play
  • Holiday clubs and fun days
  • Praise parties
  • Sports ministry
  • Quiet days
  • Early Years groups
  • Creative prayer
  • Chaplaincy in schools
  • Confirmation preparation
  • Residential activities
  • Training and supporting volunteers

The variety of activities will depend on the needs and vision of the parish, and will probably include meeting with the incumbent or staff team on a regular basis to plan and pray; building a team of volunteers to work alongside in the various activities; and representing the voice and concerns of children and young people to the PCC.