Training and Seminars

If you would like to find out more about any of the training and seminars on this page, please contact Debbie on or 01353 652711 or mobile 07936 364892

Every Spring we run a training course for those wishing to specialise in Lay Ministry training. It covers a wide range of topics from theology to learning styles, from imaginative storytelling to creative prayer and faith formation.

The next course begins on Saturday 24 February 2018. It comprises three components:

  • Full attendance at a 10 week Growing as a Discipleship course (held locally)
  • Full Attendance at 3 Core Training Days plus 3 evening sessions-delegates can choose three topics from 6 sessions offered
  • Completion of three short practical assignments based on training plus an observed session with the Children’s Adviser

Would you like to be part of this growing team? There are currently 19 Children’s ALMs in the Diocese supporting children’s faith development and we already have bookings for next Spring 2018.

Some comments from the 2016 Childrens’ ALM course;

‘The course is very thought provoking and has a practical element which is incredibly useful.’

‘If you work with children in church-DO IT! A treasure chest of skills, ideas and resources can be yours and you will have fun learning!!’

‘Initially I felt like a ‘fish out of water.’ I am now inspired, encouraged and enthusiastic. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to think more about children’s ministry.’

Train Up

Every year Ely Diocese, Genr8 and URC Eastern Synod work together to offer training events. We offer a day Autumn Conference and a ‘Big Picture’ event once every two years and ‘bite-size’ evening seminars in the intervening Autumn. These are our bite size seminar events this year.


Young people and the Lure of Social Media; Challenging Addictive Behaviours of a Digital Culture

Thursday 21 September 2017

7.30pm-9.30pm Refreshments from 7.15pm

Venue: The Old Palace, Kings Ely, Palace Green, Ely CB7 4EW

Speaker: Robin Barden Director of Lay Ministries - Ridley Hall

A free Seminar for Teachers, Parents, GPs, Clergy, Youth Leaders & Social Workers


Cost and booking:


Contact details:

To book your free place: 01353 652 736