Mission Adviser for the Early Years (0-5)

Clare has recently been appointed to this new post. Below are some of the things she will be focusing on:

  • Supporting creating fresh visions for Churches wanting to grow their work with families of young children
  • Helping local churches reflect on and develop their Under-5’s work, both with children and their parents
  • Provide advice and resources for Mission Communities to build relationships with local families, where applicable, through children’s centers, toddler groups, pre-schools, primary schools, and other groups in their communities to help support the healthy development of children and their families within a Christian context
  • Enable Mission Communities to share the benefits of young children and their parents experiencing a Christian environment for early years development and helping to foster healthy family life
  • Explore ways of encouraging faith in the home with young children
  • Provide support for clergy and lay staff who are involved in Christian mission with younger children and their parents
  • Help develop Church based parent and toddler groups
  • Develop a network of younger children’s workers to provide peer support, resources and signpost to training
  • Offer relevant training and support and make resources available for those who are involved in ministry with children aged 0-5 years
  • Help develop partnership potential between Church schools and local churches for mission with pre-school children and families
  • Advise, encourage and enable discipleship amongst younger children including developing opportunities presented by Baptism

Clare lives in North Devon with her husband and 3 children (aged 4, 6 & 7). She has a background of working in schools as a teacher and Deputy Head. Currently she is Vice Chair of Governors of a federation of schools and also runs ‘Budding Bishops’ a parent and toddler group in her village where she is working to grow discipleship in this rural community.

Part-time hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays (other days available by request)

Office: 01392 294932

Mobile: 07719971983

Email:clare.cooke@exeter.anglican.org

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