Welcome to manna. The new bite-size Youth and Children’s ministry training programme from The Dicoese of Chelmsford and The Salvation Army Essex and Herts Division. manna is open to anyone involved (or wishing to become involved) in youth and children’s ministry, regardless of denomination.
manna is designed to feed you in your ministry with children and young people in a way that gives you the sustenance you need.
On this website you’ll find an overview of our upcoming training dates alongside our menu.
We have designed this programme as a menu because there are different ways to engage with this programme depending on how “hungry” you are. This ranges from individual one-off sessions (nibbles) to taking a particular pathway (set menu) or committing to an ongoing, long term journey that fits your needs (buffet option).
We hope and pray that this new modular approach to training will support you in your ministry amongst children and young people.
During 2020 we have had more than 50 people access our training. Here is what our learning community says about manna:
“I’ve been much more confident and mindful as a volunteer.”
“Helped me to see each child as an individual and to engage with their different learning styles.”
“It has given me different perspectives and helped me reflect more on things that may not have been obvious. As I am new in my paid role and it is a new position I believe this training is helping to shape and underpin what I am doing.”
“Relevant and engaging for local Youth work practitioners – paid and volunteers.”
“An opportunity to learn and reflect on youth ministry with no denomination boundaries!!”
“Michelin star learning with like minded diners!”
We have designed this programme as a menu because there are different ways to engage with this programme depending on how hungry you are.
This ranges from individual one-off sessions (nibbles) to taking a particular pathway (set menu) or committing to an ongoing, long term journey that fits your needs (buffet option).
An option for those just looking for a snack!
Have a look through our upcoming events and book onto the sessions you fancy.
To complete the set menu option you must:
Then choose one of the following for a certificate of completion
Choose a combination of the above that works for you
…maybe some modules,
…maybe a coaching session,
…maybe a manna group,
As we continue to follow Government guidelines around groups meeting we will be continuing to host manna online. Each manna evening has a particular topic and usually includes: elements of theory/presentation, group discussion in breakout groups, theological reflection, thoughts on practical application.
When we meet in person, we also make time for a meal together. Timings in this instance are as follows:
18:30 – Food Optional
19:00 – Main content
21:00 – discussion/Q&A Optional
Our events links contain more information on the evening.
Please Note: As we continue to follow Government guidelines around groups meeting we will be continuing to host manna online.
Looking together at models of faith development and how this might impact our youth and children's work.
Monday 8th February 2021
Exploring together simple ways we can encourage children's faith development at home. We will hear directly from families about what works for them.
Tuesday 9th March 2021
Considering groups - what does it look like to set up a group from scratch and to get them working together effectively
Tuesday 13th April 2021
We will be exploring together how really engaging with reflective practice can transform our youth and children's work
Monday 10th May 2021
We will be exploring together how we can pastor and support LGBTQ+ young people. This will not be a theological exploration of the topic but an opportunity to learn more about the pastoral approaches we can take to support young people with questions of gender, identity and sexuality.
Tuesday 8th June 2021
Reflecting together on discipleship, how to facilitate it and journey with children and young people on their journey of faith.
Monday 5th July 2021
Our two year rolling programme includes the following sessions (use the upcoming events section to see which are running soon).
*modules are only mandatory for those on the set menu path but if these interest you anyway feel free to come along!
Tutorials give you the opportunity to apply the learning from manna sessions to your practice. Here you can ask further questions, discuss ideas and thoughts with other youth & children’s workers and think of ways in which you can develop your practice in the areas of learning. Why not join us for one of the lunch time sessions on zoom! We are trialling tutorials for Spring Term 2021 to see if this is useful for you.
You can book onto a tutorial session in the Upcoming Events section.
Coaching is a partnership offering support, encouragement, and challenge to our learners. Coaching conversations offer you time and space to think about something that matters to you, 1-to-1, in a robust and intentional way so that you can move forwards. The sessions can be focussed on a theme that has come up during training but you are also welcome to bring any other matters relating to your work with children and young people to the session. A coaching approach is a way of working that focuses on ‘ask’ not ‘tell’. Coaching is future focussed. It is listening deeply.
If you would like to book a coaching session, please contact us via email@example.com