Child Friendly Church

What is the Child Friendly Church Award?

We believe churches should welcome and integrate children and their families into the worshipping life of their church.  By applying for, and achieving Child Friendly status your church displays to your community that ministry for children and their families is taken seriously.

Our vision:
 
Journeying together for the growth of God's family through resourcing, supporting and empowering churches.

In practice:

The Child Friendly Church Award team works towards this vision by:
 
  1. Providing a self assessment tool to allow churches to reflect on their existing ministry to children and families under three core components of Church, Children & Community.
  2. Encouraging churches to then create or develop their vision for ministry with children and families and think to the future.
  3. Allocating each church a Child Friendly Church Award Adviser who will support then through the process and beyond, providing encouragement and acting as a mentor to help them achieve your goals.
The award is valid for a period of 3 years.  

All our advisors have extensive experience in ministry to children and families.  Mentoring however is always a two-way experience as we journey together through this process and share our experiences with others.

National interest in this Diocese of Liverpool scheme means that the CFCA logo can be seen outside churches of many denominations all around Great Britain, showing that the churches take provision of children and young people seriously. To the right of this page, there are links to different Dioceses - so families can discover where child friendly churches are in the UK.

What are the benefits?

The following are just some of the benefits of achieving this award:
  • Allocation of a Child Friendly Church Award Adviser who will support and journey along side you as you achieve your goals.
  • Use of the Child Friendly logo on your website, stationery and other publicity materials.
  • Listing in the Diocesan Directory.
  • A certificate for display inside your church building and an all weather logo for display outside your church.
  • A tailored publicity campaign through the diocesan communications office including press releases, facebook/twitter campaign, diocesan news etc.
  • Notification to local schools of your Child Friendly Status.
  • A visit to your church from the CFCA adviser during your main Sunday service to present the award with a simple outline of liturgy for use within this service.
  • The Child Friendly Church can help you achieve your plans for the Mission Action Planning Tool.

To get started

Download the CFCA pack (PDF A5 or Word version) and follow the guidelines.  When you have completed the pack, get in touch with Mike North, the Children and Young People's Adviser for the Diocese of Sheffield, and he will assign to you an adviser to help you on your way.