Open The Box

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Open The Box aims to lift the lid on resources for children's ministry while supporting churches and individuals with a heart for children’s work.

Our series of 'Open the Box' conference and workshop events aim to inspire you in your children and family ministry. The wide range of speakers and high-quality training 'Open the Box' will encourage and resource you in your work.       

See our Events page for future events    

 Topics include 

•   Designing children's areas in church
•   Welcome materials for families in church
•   Storytelling
•   Godly Play storytelling
•   Creating 'Stories in a Box'
•   Creating liturgy & sensory baskets for use in church
•   Toddlers groups (tips & resources for working with under 5s)
•   Training children’s leaders
•   All age worship resources
•   Children & Holy Communion
•   Baptism resources
•   Child-Friendly Church Award.

Need to know more about any of these topics?
Sue Mitchell

Children's & Families Missioner
Looking for inspiration?
The ARK Resource Room

You'll find a wide selection of resources, which you can borrow, to help you in your family and children's ministry. Such as
  • books
  • DVDs,
  • CDs,
  • Godly play story boxes, 
  • teaching materials,
  • reading materials to inspire you. 
  • You can also borrow parachutes and puppets.
Opening times
Monday to Thursday 9:00 am - 4.00 pm. 
Friday 9:00 am -3:00 pm.
No appointment needed.


We offer training & advice for all leaders and volunteers on a variety of topics. Bespoke training sessions can be held in your own location.
Celebrating long service
Do you know someone who's been involved in parish children's or youth work for 10 years or more?

The Diocese of Liverpool would like to acknowledge their wonderful work by awarding them a certificate signed by the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool.
If you are looking for ideas, inspiration, or want to discuss a particular aspect of this ministry.

Contact our Children's and Families Missioner – Sue Mitchell
0151-705 2167 email