Children & Young People

Children and young people need to know that they are loved by God and uniquely created by Him.   The children already linked in with our churches have a vital role to play in showing the adults what God’s kingdom is like (Matthew 19:4) and a church without children and young people is like a body without an eye or an ear (1 Cor 12).

Despite some church buildings being closed, there are so many ways to engage children with faith. 

Need advice?

If you would like to chat to a member of the Old Deanery staff about children and families please speak to the most appropriate Children’s Mission Adviser:

Diocesan Mission Enabler
The Rev Preb James Grier 07825 610288
Email James Grier

Children and Families (0-5)

Clare Cooke  01392 294932 / 07719 971983
Email Clare Cooke

Children and Families (5-11)

Helen Williams 07500 703871
Email Helen Williams

Young people (11+)

Kath Entrican (SWYM Local Ministries Manager) 07737317855 Email Kath Entrican


What is SWYM and how can they help?

South West Youth Ministries (SWYM) provides training and placements for Youth, Children and Families Work as well as in Missional Leadership.

SWYM are national experts in youth work and training youth, children and families workers. In addition to subsidised or free access for Anglican churches to their training days and outreach activities, they also can provide specific advice and support.

They also run an incredible annual camp for around 1500 youth and children both Christian and non-Christian called SPREE

For more information about what SWYM can offer contact admin@swym.org.uk or visit their website www.swym.org.uk

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