Children, young people and families

From toddler groups to universities, roles that involve working with children and young people are extremely varied. This ministry is not limited to supporting a ‘Sunday School’, though that is wonderful and vital work. 

This involves meeting young people where they are, walking alongside them in their journey through childhood and their teen years, sharing with them the impact of knowing all about Jesus and showing them how to live a life of love, truth, justice and mercy. 

This can be life-changing for them, and supports their families and others, such as their teachers and carers, with keeping youngsters on ‘straight paths’. 

Anyone working with children and young people will also tell you how transformative this ministry can be for the adults. Children and young people are naturally spiritual, full of questions and the capacity to experience awe, wonder and trust in ways adults sometimes find difficult. We can learn from working with young people in this way, and their presence with us in our worshipping communities, wherever that may be, is a huge blessing. 

If you feel called to work with children and young people, the team can talk to you about this and help you discern what kind of role, or what kind of project, might naturally fit for you. Find out what youth and children's ministers do.

Growing Faith

Newcastle Diocese is committed to growing younger and more diverse, one of the key priorities identified by the national Church. We are working closely with The Growing Faith Foundation to support parishes in making connections with children, young people and families, whether they are at school, church or home. For more resources and information visit: The Growing Faith Foundation | The Church of England

Meet the team

Tara Russell

 Children and Youth Team Leader for Newcastle Diocese






Susan White, Youth Adviser

Tel: 0191 270 4112 or 07467563320 (normal working hours are Mon-Fri, 8.30am – 4.30pm)





If you have a safeguarding concern regarding a child or young person, please contact our Safeguarding Team


To view resources from a range of different topics, please click the relevant heading below!

Children, youth and families in a school setting

Children, youth and families in a church setting

Children, youth and families in a home setting

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