Welcome to manna: bite-size Children’s, Youth & Families ministry training from The Diocese of Chelmsford and The Salvation Army Essex and Herts Division. These monthly sessions are open to anyone involved (or wishing to become involved) in children’s, youth & families 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 and the additional support available to you by becoming part of this learning community.
You can choose to engage with this training in one of two ways:
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.
You can attend one-off sessions (nibbles) or take a particular pathway (set menu).
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
Most manna sessions take place online. As we emerge out of lockdown we plan to host one termly event in person as an opportunity for fellowship. We will try to make these worth your while by providing a meal and inviting prominent guest speakers.
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.
Our events links contain more information on the evening.
We will be exploring together how really engaging with reflective practice can transform our youth and children's work
Monday 10th May 2021
Reflecting together on discipleship, how to facilitate it and journey with children and young people on their journey of faith.
Tuesday 8th June 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.
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!
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, young people and families 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 firstname.lastname@example.org