Children's Work

Children are equal partners with adults in the life of the church. This is the first principle of the URC Charter for Children.

Whether you are a parent or carer looking to learn what the URC has to offer or a children’s worker or church member looking for ideas and resources, this page is for you.

Read on to find out about our Child Friendly Church awards which recognise the work done by many churches in taking steps to welcome and support children and families. Learn about our non-uniformed children’s groups,  Pilots and Friends on Faith Adventures. Try some of our recommended resources.

Friends on Faith Adventures

We are proud to announce the launch of our new programme for children aged 5 to 11. Friends on Faith Adventures (FOFA, for short) is a non-uniformed organision produced by Pilots and the Children's and Youth Work team to enable churches to provide child-centred, Biblical discipleship for all. Parents and  carers are encouraged to get involved too. Click on the link beow to find out more.

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Messy Church

Messy-church-Logo-200pxMessy Church is one church's attempt to be church for families who might want to meet Jesus, belong to their local church and bring up their children as Christians but can't cope with traditional Sunday morning church services. It's a once-a-month time of creativity, worship and eating together.

Website: Messy Church


Get Messy! is a new four-monthly subscription resource for Messy Church leaders. Each issue contains four session outlines (one per month), including planning sheets and take-home handouts, together with information on the latest resources and events. It also seeks to encourage and refresh Messy Church leaders by providing monthly Bible studies, a column on taking time to recharge, and a problem page. Other features include a youth column, a day in the life of a Regional Coordinator and stories from Messy Churches around the world.

View Details: Messy Church Magazine and Resources

messy-chruchThere are three books Messy Church, Messy Church 2 and 3

The book is very easy to read and wonderfully inspirational with loads of practical ideas. Reviewed on the Lincoln and Grimsby Methodist Church website

For a taste of a realistic appraisal of the needs of the wider Church today, coupled with a wealth of well-judged, practical and supremely usable material, look no further than Messy Church. Reviewed in The Methodist Recorder.

Events & Activities

Eastern Children's and  Youth Synod -  2021

one-bodyThe Children's and Youth Synod Meeting will be held at:  Information to follow.

The day is for children aged between 4 and 11 (Reception to year 6) And Young People age 11 (year 7) to 18

There will be activities, crafts, stories, games, worship and time to chat. A picnic lunch will be provided along with soft drinks and snacks throughout the day.

This is a great opportunity for children and Young People to take part in Synod, in a fun and active way and to meet young people from other churches. Please do put this date in your diary and encourage children and Young People to come along and participate. To book a place download Booking Form - for more information please contact

Nicola Grieves - Children's and Youth Development Officer
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Telephone: 07515721172

Mission Tools

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Vision Initiatives

Find out more about:  Walking the Way Vision4Life Vision2020 and Fresh Expressions

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Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk. We work to the United Reformed Good Practice Policy and Procedures 

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The Purpose and Mission of the Synod; the Synod Meeting; our Area Partnerships; each of our Committees and the calendar of meeting dates.

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Who's Who?

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Find out who's who on the Synod Office Team.  If you are unsure who to get in touch with, use the Contact Us 

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