Certificate in Children’s Ministry (Aurora)

The college is again looking forward to delivering two ecumenical Aurora training courses. The Aurora Certificate in Children’s Ministry is a training course for children’s work volunteers, and has also attracted students from across the North and Midlands of England. Advice and input in course construction and theological input is offered by Cliff College.

One course  is based in the South Yorkshire area, and is run in partnership with the Diocese of Sheffield and co-sponsored by the Sheffield circuit of the Methodist Church.  The second course, is based in Derbyshire, and is run in partnership with Diocese of Derby and Valley CIDS.  Another Aurora Youth ministry course has been launched in Southern Ireland.

Course Details


Ian White, Senior Tutor acts as Course Moderator, and other Cliff staff act as occasional lecturers on the courses. Successful students from the Diocese of Sheffield and Diocese of Derby may earn the Bishop’s Certificate in Children’s Ministry, as well as the Cliff College Certificate in Children’s Ministry, depending on the level of achievement.

Open to all children’s work volunteers aged 16+ from across the church life of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, this could be your way into the further professional training that Cliff College offers via  the part time Mission and Ministry programme. A way of ‘tooling up’ your skills and thinking. For more details and to book a place, visit www.auroratraining.org.uk for the South Yorkshire based course and www.auroratraining.org.uk/derby for the Derby based course.


The cost for the full course is only £200.00 for the academic year 2017-18. A year long course, starting September, the teaching schedule includes three Saturdays (1 per term) alongside 8 monthly Tuesday (Derby course) or Wednesday (South Yorkshire) evenings (7-9 pm). Weekly on-line learning tasks are to be completed in the students’ own time.


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The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu: “I am delighted that my Youth Trust awarded a grant to the YMCA White Rose in 2012 to build a website in support of the Aurora Youth and Children’s Ministry Courses. ‘When presented with a group of children, Jesus told his disciples to let them come to him and not to hinder them’.  (Luke 18: 16).  In the Church we sometimes need to relearn how to enable our young people to meet with Jesus and not to get in their way! The Aurora Courses offer practical training for volunteer youth and children’s workers based at local churches using the website as a training tool.  If you want to be a part of this amazing ministry of helping young people and children wanting to meet with Jesus, Aurora offers a great base to pick up the skills and knowledge to grow in ministry. Go for it!”

Testimonials from Certificate in Children’s Ministry graduates: “Teaching was relaxed and non-threatening and used a variety of methods to appeal to all learning styles.” “The course enabled us to network with like-minded people”. “The course taught us to put the child at the centre of everything we do”. “Aurora gave me the knowledge, the experience and a vastly improved confidence that I needed”. “Aurora gave me the knowledge, understanding and most of all belief in myself to pursue anything.”

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Gain credit towards a degree

Your Cliff College Short Course Certificate in Children’s Ministry may also enable you to gain credit towards a University of Manchester certificate, diploma or degree at Cliff College. Usually, a short course certificate will gain you 10-20 credits towards a validated qualification. It would mean, for instance, that instead of studying 120 credits in the first year of a degree, you only study 100-110. The awarding of credit in this way is not automatic, and must be applied for. If you would like further guidance on whether your Cliff College Short Course Certificate may contribute towards a University of Manchester qualification at Cliff College then contact the Academic Director, Dr Justin Thacker on j.thacker@cliffcollege.ac.uk 


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