Children’s Ministry Certificate

The next full CMC course will begin in September 2020


In the meantime…

A fun, friendly evening of investing in our children’s volunteers 10th March 2020

Do you volunteer to run children’s groups in your church?  Ora Church Toddler group?  Or Messy Church?  Or Sunday School?

How might we invest in you?  What about coming along to the Diocesan Children’s Ministry Course (CMC) starting in September?  For some this may seem a bit overwhelming, so we are running a session that gives these children’s workers a taster.  It is free.  Please consider sending one, two, or a group of volunteers or coming along yourself.


Tuesday 10 March


 7-9pm, with the option of a shared, simple meal at 6:30pm,


Souster House, Thrapston, 30 Market Road
NN14 4JU

(We hope to be running the new CMC course in Thrapston)

The theme:  Good news at Easter – Crafts, fun ideas, ways to introduce the message at church or school using Open the Book.

For more information, please contact Charlotte Nobbs (CMC Co-ordinator)

Read on for lots more information about the CMC plus FAQ’s, testimonies and contact details.

For Church children’s workers and volunteers to develop in skills, training and practice.  The course will focus on good practice within the church walls and what it looks like beyond.  The expectation for the students is that they will be recommended by their PCC, and encouraged to try out some of their learning during the course in their churches and surrounding communities. There will be a Taster Evening on 10th March to find out more.

  • Meeting every 2nd Tuesday of the month from September – July 2020 7-9pm, with an option of sharing a meal together from 6:30pm.
  • Sharing learning in small groups, once a month
  • At least 2 visits to some good children’s practice venues
  • 2 Saturdays on how to navigate the Bible
  • Feeding back on tasks in small groups, or in a 1 to 1 setting

Find out some more about the Children’s Ministry Certificate (CMC)

What Is CMC?

The Children’s Ministry Certificate (CMC)is a year-long course for church-based children’s workers to develop in knowledge and skills, through training sessions and practical challenges in your own context. 

Come along with your Priest or Team Leader and a group from your church to the Taster Evening on 10th September HERE

Am I suitable for CMC?

If you are leading or helping in children’s ministry such as Sunday groups, Messy Church, schools ministry or you just want to make church accessible to young families with children, whether you have lots of experience or are just starting out, this course is for you. The course focuses upon babies up to 11 years old  (yr6 primary) and their family.  If you want to share Jesus’ love with this group – the course may well be for you!

Who runs CMC?

The course is led by Charlotte Nobbs, overseen by Gen2 children’s and youth team of Peterborough Diocese.  The core team is made up of volunteers, paid staff and people with experience and a passion to make Christ known amongst children and their families.

Can I talk to anyone about applying for the course?

You are welcome to make contact with Charlotte Nobbs, the course co-ordinator (07772816990)

or speak to Lesley Marriott, the course administrator  (01604 887 048)

Do I have to attend an Anglican church to come on CMC?

No.  Although this course is run by Peterborough Diocese, it is open to all denominations.  The key is that you are a member of your local church, and have the blessing of your church leadership team to apply for the course.

What does the course cover?

Broadly speaking there are two themes:  How to do good children’s work within the church walls and how to do good children’s work outside the walls of the church.

How much does it cost? 

We expect the students to be recommended by their church PCC/eldership/leadership team and for them to pay for the cost of you being on this course.  It is £120 but if you bring another person from your church along, we will share that cost between the 2 of you.

Where does CMC meet?

Bouverie Court, 6 The Lakes, Bedford Road, Northampton  NN4 7YD

When does CMC meet?

Every second Tuesday of the month from September to July 2019, from 7-9, with the option to arrive earlier to enjoy a shared meal at 6:30pm  Added to this there are 2 full Saturdays to build confidence around handling the Bible.  There is an extra evening dedicated to safeguarding.   The expectation is that you will attend all these sessions. 

What happens in the sessions?

There will be variety!  But first and foremost, it is informal in style and encouraging practical outcomes.  None of us has all the answers on children’s ministry, therefore is a focus on learning from each other as well as from the team.  So there will be room for discussion, sharing ideas, hearing new ideas and information sharing.  Every session will begin with worship and prayer.  You will be given opportunity to visit some examples of good practice too, as well as try some things out in your own church setting.

What will we visit?

We expect every student to have the opportunity to visit their local primary school to observe a lesson, and to visit a church project that is concerned with serving children and families outside the Sunday church context.  We will direct and help you to set up these visits once you commit to the course.

Do I have to do ‘homework’?

Yes – but in a style that suits you.  So there are 3 tasks to cover over the year, and they can come in the form of something written, photographed, filmed, spoken or recorded.  We recognise that not everyone likes writing essays and this is not what this course is about.  The course is about us reflecting on our learning and how we have put that into practice.  We will direct, support and help you with these tasks when the time comes.  There will be one task in Autumn, one in Spring and one in the Summer.  

How do I find out more?  Can I come to the Taster Evening?

Come with your minister to the Taster Evening on Tuesday 10 March at Souster House for a simple meal and to meet the team, hear the experience of some of last year’s CMC cohort, meet others who are considering the course, hear some more about the content of the sessions.

I’m really not sure…. Is this really for me?  This is what some of last year’s CMC cohort want to say to you…

‘Grow in faith, grow in mission – the Lord will be with you each step of the way.  The CMC team will be right behind you.’ Linda

‘Do it!  If the idea of it has captured your heart – do it!  If you’re unsure, lacking in confidence, need support and encouragement, definitely do it!’ Claire

‘Don’t doubt your abilities or readiness for this course.  Put your faith in Him and it will be transforming.’  Jenny

‘Be among others who share your love of Jesus and children’s work.  It will be the high light of your month.  This brings such a vibe to your life.’  Damon

‘Go for it!  The course is amazing, so much to enjoy and learn –  Led by a truly inspirational team.’  Sandra

‘Give it a go.  You really will be amazed at the journey you will travel and the friends you will make.’  Deborah

‘If you want to grow your own faith and that of youngsters in your church and have fun along the way – then this is the course for you.’  Karen

‘It’s enlightening, invigorating and very enjoyable. Come and eat CAKE (and jacket potatoes)!’  Stuart

‘It’s great to meet new people and have the opportunity to share experiences, as well as being blessed with creative ideas!’ Elizabeth

‘Do it!  Don’t think about it, don’t question it!  Give it a go!  You never know what God has in store.’ Claire

‘Meet and grow with like minded people.’  Sylvia

I know I want to do the CMC course 2020/21.  How do I register?

Click HERE (or download below)for the registration from. Please fill in your details, save with your name in the title and return the document to Lesley Marriott, the course administrator