Children’s Ministry

Ministry to children is an integral part of parish life in Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

Throughout the diocese activities are held weekly, monthly and annually. These activities include Sunday Club, Children’s Choir, Parent and Toddler groups, uniformed Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade, midweek clubs as well as summer holiday clubs. Weekly school assemblies are held in all parish schools throughout the diocese and many parishes hold regular Family or Children’s services, which give children the opportunity to take part in leading worship.

Presentation of Children's Ministry Certificates 2013

Presentation of Children’s Ministry Certificates 2013

All of these activities are led by a huge number of committed volunteers who value the opportunity to accompany the children as they grow in faith. Training for leaders is something that is encouraged and supported by the Bishop and is provided by the Children’s Ministry Network. The Network was set up in 2011 and its role is to support leaders in the local setting though the
provision of training and resources. At present training for leaders is provided locally by the clergy and at the annual Building Blocks Conference, which is held in Dublin and Belfast. The Church of Ireland Children’s Ministry Course, certified and run by the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, is held in various locations throughout the country every year.

In 2013 forty five volunteer leaders from the diocese were trained and are now actively working with children in their home parishes.

The Cork, Cloyne & Ross branch of the Children’s Ministry Network was set up in 2013 and currently consists of Elaine Murray (co-ordinator) , Jacqui Wilkinson, Sarah Marry, Susan Colton, Isabel Jackson, Cliff Jeffers & Elaine Buttimer. If you have any questions about any aspect of Children’s Ministry in the diocese, The Revd Elaine Murray may be contacted at 087-2363100 or
CC&R’s Children’s Ministry Network organised a training day in 2014 for Sunday club leaders and helpers entitled ‘A Road map through Lent’ and following on from this very successful day, a further training evening was held in November 2015 ‘Come, let us adore Him’ provided resource ideas for use during Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas (Ideas like using a Jesse Tree, a Posada, Advent Candles, Nativity Dramas, planning a Crib or Christingle Service were among the topics and resources on the night)

On Thursday 7th April John Hardwick, the well known Children’s Holiday Club Author and engaging Storyteller, led an evening Training Workshop for Leaders in Northridge House, St Luke’s Mahon called  ‘Get Ready for Summer!’ which offered creative and practical ideas on how to engage with children. During the Summer Season, you can expect to hear some very dramatic readings in our Sunday Schools, Holiday Clubs, Assemblies, Classrooms & Family!

Workshop on ‘Godly Play’

The Children’s Ministry Group organised a very enjoyable Workshop on ‘Godly Play’ led by the excellent Cora O’Sullivan. Over 30 attendees were spellbound by the Cora’s demonstration of the Godly Play approach which can help children to explore their faith through story. Godly Play technique, based on Montessori teaching principles,  gently teaches religious language while enhancing the children’s spiritual experience though wonder and play.

Brilliant Banner Bonanza Workshop in Carrigaline was a great success on 18th March 2017.

Seven Parishes from across the dioceses were represented on the day and brought home their own individual Alleluia Easter Banner made all by themselves. It was unanimously agreed to have a further Banner Workshop sometime in the Autumn to make some special Christmas Banners. Watch out for dates nearer the time. Thank you to all who came along and made it such a fun filled day. Check out the CCR Children’s Ministry Facebook page for more photos.



Mental Health Training for Working with Children

The Cork, Cloyne & Ross Children’s Ministry Group organised a Workshop around ‘Mental Health Training for Working with Children’ in Northridge House, St Luke’s Mahon on 9th February 2019.
Led by Tom Tate ( the Workshop was a timely discussion around the mental health needs of children – How do we ensure we create a caring, safe and welcoming environment in our ministries for children who may suffer from issues around their mental health while at the same time, understand the responsibility we hold as caregivers in our ministries relating to these issues, and identifying the time to pass on concerns we may have. A most informative and useful session attended by clergy and lay workers.

Tom Tait leading the workshop on Mental Health Training for Working with Children

You can keep up-to-date by liking our Facebook Page ‘CCR Children’s Ministry’ or by emailing emit@eircom.netSafeguarding Trust training is mandatory for all those who work with children and is provided on a regular basis by the diocese.

Details of upcoming events and service times can be found locally or on our Diocesan calendar of events
Check out the Children’s Ministry Network or their facebook page for more details on what is happening around the country.
The Church of Ireland Children’s Ministry Development Officer is Lydia Monds
Cork, Cloyne and Ross Co-ordinator is Canon Elaine Murray – 087-2363100 or

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