We are looking for people who are interested in taking four months to develop their skills and experience as children’s workers. Participants in the Kids ‘n’ Things Academy will take part in professional-quality children’s ministry in churches and primary schools whilst also receiving training in the theology, theory and skills required. There will be a combination of on-the-job training with teaching seminars and assignments, to equip participants for their future in children’s ministry.

Come and learn how to share the gospel message with children using creative skills such as puppetry, drama, music, and storytelling

Singles welcome
Married couples welcome
Sorry, no families
Sorry, no groups
Fri 7 Jan 2022 to Fri 8 Apr 2022
Apply by
Wed 15 Dec 2021
3201.00 USD
18 -
Ministry details

The Kids ‘n’ Things Academy is a four-month programme. During this time, you will be part of a team creating, rehearsing and presenting creative children’s programmes with a clear Christian message. Depending on the season this may be in schools, in churches, or both. You will have the opportunity to develop your existing children’s ministry skills and learn new ones, whilst learning to operate and contribute as part of a team. You will also receive teaching in the theology and theory of children’s ministry, which will enable you to create your own children’s programmes and make your ministry more effective in the future.

Participant profile

The Academy is designed for people who want to be trained and equipped as children’s workers. Would you like to create your own material and programmes for children, but don’t know how to start? You have plenty of enthusiasm, but would like more structured training to build on what you already know. Experience of working with children, especially in a church context, would be useful but not essential. The main requirements are the ability to relate to children and a desire to help them discover God.
You need to be at least 18 years of age and have a good level of English. You must be willing and open to grow and develop in your life, faith and teamwork skills. You will also need to have enough physical ability to kneel behind a stage and operate puppets, carry light equipment and take part in lively up-front activities in children’s programmes. OM UK is committed to safeguarding all those we work with, and you will be required to provide the relevant documentation during the application process.


During the majority of the time you will be staying in our Training Centre in Halesowen, near Birmingham, with other students. It is possible that we may stay away overnight once or twice, in which case the churches we work with will provide accommodation.


From Mondays to Fridays your meals will be cooked by OM staff. On Saturdays and Sundays you will need to buy and cook your own food. The cost of all food is included in the course fees. We need to know in advance of any special dietary needs (vegetarian, dairy-free, food allergies, gluten free, etc.)


You need to travel to Birmingham in the UK. The nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport (BHX).


Participants should be in average good health and able to walk a reasonable distance without difficulty. If you think this requirement rules you out, talk to us and we will see what adjustments we may be able to make for you. Each participant is responsible to obtain appropriate emergency health and medical insurance.


Nationals from the EU and EEA do not require a visa for the UK. If you do not hold an UK or EU passport, this outreach will not be open to you unless you have the right to work or study in the UK.


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