We've come so far in our work with children and young people

Congratulations to St George’s, Everton who received their third consecutive Child Friendly Church Award.

Revd. Canon Kate Wharton said “We’re delighted to have been awarded the Child Friendly Church Award for the third time. As we worked towards this award we were able to look back over the past 6 years and see how far we’ve come as a church in terms of our work with children and young people – and it was so encouraging! Our numbers of children and young people have really grown in that time too, which is great. We’re proud of this award – we want everyone who comes into our church to see that children and young people are hugely important to us, that we value them, that their views matter, that they’re part of the family. As we’ve worked towards the award, as well as celebrating how far we’ve come, and the great things we now have available for children and young people, we’ve also been able to identify a couple of things that we’d like to work on to make our provision even better.”

Sue Mitchell, Children and Families Missioner at the Diocese of Liverpool who presented the award said:

“It is wonderful to see how much has been achieved over the past six years at St Georges, they have worked incredibly hard at their provision for children and young people .They are a wonderful example of how the CFCA award can really encourage churches to keep moving forward in their ministry to children & families. Well Done!”

“Welcoming children and families into the full life of the church”

The Child Friendly Church Award is to both encourage and enable churches to provide children with the very best possible experience of church, by involving them in the full worshipping life of the church from as early an age as possible.

Sue Mitchell, Children and Families Missioner at the Diocese of Liverpool said:
“The Child Friendly Church Award is a way of enabling churches to focus on how they welcome children and their families into the full life of the church, and most importantly helps provide the church with the tools and ideas to do this .We believe strongly in supporting our parishes; that we are all ‘Journeying together for the growth of God’s family’.

Recent national research has highlighted that the churches with a higher ratio of children to adults were the churches that, year on year, were growing.

This process also acts as a useful tool encouraging everyone to consider their own gifts and talents and how they can be used to help their church grow in other ways too.”

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