Youth and Children

Children and young people welcome!

Our churches warmly welcome young people of all ages. Clergy, volunteers and youth & children’s workers across the Diocese are working hard to include young people in church and encourage their faith. We listen to young people, valuing their insights and questions about God, life and church. 

The Youth and Children Officer is a central point of contact for all churches in their work with children and young people. She is Claire Benton-Evans:

Working from home every week day except Wednesdays: contact via email or on work mobile 0747 372 8148

Covid-19 Resources

I will be updating this page regularly with resources for churches, so that we can continue to reach out to children, young people and families during these uncertain and stressful times.

Stay safe and watch this space!

Advent and Christmas resources will be frequently refreshed and listed here.

Special events for children and young people

The Winter Wonderland Online Sleepover 27-28 November

A socially-distanced youth event featuring comfort food, chat, outdoor challenges and a Blessing of the Pets! This will take place over Zoom meetings and offline. It is open to anyone of High School age, plus this year’s Glen graduates. For details and online booking, please contact

Grants for Youth and Children’s Work

Small grants are available: applications are invited throughout the year, with new deadlines for 2020 of 1 August and 30 November. Download a short application form here.

Play Church

Play Church is a child-sized altarscape which invites children to play, dress up and explore worship. Edinburgh Diocese’s portable Play Church is the only one of its kind in the UK: since its launch in 2016, Play Church has been on a pilgrimage, staying with each host church in the Diocese for a season of the Church year. You can learn more about our unique Play Church project here. Play Church is currently at Holy Trinity Haddington until Autumn 2019.

Keeping in touch

You can read the latest Youth and Children Newsletter and see an archive of previous editions.
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