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Meet the team

The Children Worldwide team are based across the UK and work in different ways and in different settings, but all with one shared aim of showing and sharing the Good News of Jesus to the children, young people and families they work with. The team are headed by our Directors, Dave Gidney, and Sarah Covington

Leaders

Sarah Covington, CW Director

Sarah begun her working life as a primary school teacher but was soon called into children's ministry and completed Future Builders with Children Worldwide back in 2004. Since then Sarah has been in full time Children's ministry working for a number of para-church organisations, including Children Worldwide itself. In 2014, Sarah joined the staff team of Knowle Parish Church in the West Midlands as their Children's Minister and continues in that role alongside leading the Whizz Kids team at Spring Harvest as well as National Director for CW.

Dave Gidney, CW Director

Dave has a long history in both grassroots children’s ministry and training other leaders. He is currently part time Senior Lecturer at ForMission College teaching Biblical Studies and Childrens Ministry to degree level. As a member of Children Worldwide he mentors Christian leaders, runs training events for children’s leaders, and runs children’s programmes for church weekends away and camps.  He is author of two books and various articles and devotional readings. As well as all this, Dave is a father and grandfather.

The team

We have around 35 members working across the UK, delivering teaching, activities and Church based Children’s Work, all benefiting from the support and friendship of belonging to Children Worldwide. We promote a real sense of family amongst our members, meeting together regionally to share experiences, resources and support, and then coming together in January to renew friendships and encourage each other at our annual Team Conference, using the wonderful facilities of Dalesdown.

At CW we know how it feels to be doing Christian Children’s work in isolation. Our structure helps to provide the active support of other Christian children’s workers and teams, to break down that sense of isolation and to encourage you in serving Jesus. Let us introduce you to a few of the team who are out there spreading the Good News!

Let us introduce you to some of members

Paula Smith

Paula visits schools, (both mainstream and special needs) taking assemblies, lunch time and after school clubs. She is a wheelchair user and leads class sessions helping children to understand disability and diversity. Paula also helps to lead holidays for youngsters and families affected by disability. She is willing to advise on issues of inclusion – for children with additional needs.

Andi and Holly Markham

Andi founded Kids UK in September 2000 after completing his training with Children Worldwide. Since then he has seen many children and families radically changed by the power of God.

Andi spends his time running the ministry of Kids UK, leading many school assemblies and church events, as well as producing the ‘Jack and Friends’ podcast and DVD collection, along with other Kids UK resources.

Tj Jobson

Tj is mum to Wonky who has very complex medical needs. She has a passion for working with children with additional needs, and especially getting alongside parents, both Christian and non-Christian. She co-ordinates two Toddler Groups where they have so many families on one day, we have to turn people away!

TJ has been volunteering with kids at Spring Harvest since ’94, mainly doing special needs, but wherever she is needed. She previously worked with Social Services as a freelance consultant. She works with children with disabilities, with a focus on children with hearing difficulties and those with autistic spectrum disorders. TJ’s other very big area of interest and where she hopes to focus more in the future, is children with attachment disorders.

Steve and Kay Morgan-Gurr

Steve and Kay held the role of National Directors of Children Worldwide for 14 years until January 2016, but remain active members of the team.

Kay was a children’s nurse until God called her into full time children’s work over 20 years ago.  As well as children’s work, Kay also offers consultancy and training in all areas of working with children who have disabilities and additional needs. Kay is an author, also writing for Childrens Work magazine and blogs regularly at www.kaymorgangurr.com. Kay speaks on accessibility issues, working strategically with various national Christian organisations including Spring Harvest. She is Chair of Children Matter and a Council member of the  Evangelical Alliance.

Steve is a full time children’s worker based with Kay in Leicester. He served many years as an industrial administrator and eventually worked with Relate. Steve married Kay and joined Children Worldwide in 1996. He loves writing and leading child-friendly songs and using his puppets to teach children in memorable ways. He collects guitars.

Paul and Vaenssa Willmott

Paul has been in full time Christian work since 1994, aiming to present the truth of the Christian message to children and families in an engaging way. He works with schools and churches locally and nationally, using the skills that God has equipped him with including storytelling, puppetry, ventriloquism, juggling, even riding a unicycle. Paul started in ministry as part of the Children’s Team with Saltmine in 1994, he is now also an Evangelist with Counties. You can find more details about Paul’s work at www.paulwillmott.com

Vanessa works for the Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau as a debt caseworker and is a member of the Institute of Money Advisors. Vanessa has been a member of Children Worldwide for many years, helping with Spring Harvest and other Children Worldwide events.

Paul and Vanessa have two children, Ben and Lois, and all are active members of their local Church, Amblecote Christian Centre. As a family we enjoy hanging out together with other people, eating, and the occasional bit of surfing and body boarding.

 

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