Research Articles

Sarah Holmes

Written by Sarah Holmes
on 9th July 2024

Is there a place for young children in the modern-day UK church? Investigating approaches to faith nurture in the early years

We’re excited to tell you that a new paper has been published investigating whether there is a place for young children in the modern-day UK church. This was co-written by Sarah Holmes, Emma Olorenshaw and Ann Casson.

Here are the key findings:

  • It was very clear that families with young children do wish to engage with their local church and wider Christian community, but often find existing approaches unsupportive and unhelpful.
  • Significant adjustments are therefore required by churches to adjust the ethos and approaches to faith nurture to better serve the needs of young children.
  • We recommend more flexibility and inclusivity within the church environment, enhanced partnership with parents, and greater church focus on co-constructing faith nurturing pathways within the home and church context to align more with relationships within the child’s microsystem.

Read the paper in full if you want to think about this more in-depth and see some of the data collected as part of this project.

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Researching Chaplaincy in the West Midlands region

Researching Chaplaincy in the West Midlands region

In partnership with the Saint Peter’s Saltley Trust. Click here to find out more.

Sarah Holmes - Director of Research

8th July 2024

Initial Research Findings

Initial Research Findings

The initial findings of our Taking the Pulse research have been featured in the Church Times. Click here to read the article 'Young are left out of decision making in churches'.

Sarah Holmes - Director of Research

24th May 2024

Online Conference: Celebrating Contemporary Research of UK Ministry with Children & Families

Online Conference: Celebrating Contemporary Research of UK Ministry with Children & Families

Friday 5th July - This inaugural online research conference, hosted by CYM, is for children and family practitioners; ministry leaders; parents/carers; students and researchers. Click here to find out more.

Sarah Holmes - Director of Research

25th March 2024

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