St John's College Nottingham

Midlands Centre for Children's Ministry

St John's Nottingham plans to establish a new children’s ministry course, so that people can train for a professional qualification to carry out work with children and families. Churches and other agencies will be able to offer improved programmes for children and their families because workers will have relevant training and expertise with a Christian value base. This will be the first of its kind in the Midlands, with a focus on reaching marginalized and disaffected children and their families, concentrating on urban and deprived inner-city areas in the Midlands and beyond.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1026706)




  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • ReligiousReligious


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



Our youth worker students are being asked to work with children and “tweenagers”. Puberty is starting earlier and problems previously the angst of teenagers are becoming the issues that younger children are facing. The project responds to issues raised in the Children’s Society national inquiry findings: State of Childhood Today and the Good Childhood Inquiry. In many communities the church is the only agency that is present 24/7 with most staff living in the community that they work in. Well trained staff can provide support, education, encouragement and services that make a significant difference in the lives of children and their families. There will be improved self confidence in children leading to greater participation in learning. It helps children’s welfare, encourages positive behaviour and enables educational participation, it will improve opportunities for children and it helps the most deprived communities build social capital Financial Total investment for seed, core funding required over 3 years is: £183,034. The course will be fully funded after year 3 from student fees and any surplus will be re-invested. Several Trusts have committed to the project and £170,000 has been raised to date.