Family, Children and Youth

The Diocese of Winchester is passionate about promoting and supporting good work with families, children and young people; we believe that this ministry lies at the heart of the church's mission.

Andy and Pete run training for clergy, lay workers and volunteers, as well as events for children, young people and their families.

For all information on events, ideas and resources please visit our Blog:

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All our previous blog articles are still available as an archive.

Mr Andy Saunders

Children & Families Adviser

Andy supports parishes in their ministry to children and families.  He offers consultancy and training for those engaged in this work and makes them aware of new and appropriate resources.  He works alongside parishes in running events for children and families and plans and delivers children’s events at a Diocesan level.

01962 710972 / 07703 186693

Mr Pete Maidment

Diocesan Youth Officer
Pete provides support, training and resources for those engaged in youth ministry including clergy, employed youth workers and volunteers. He advises parishes in this area of work and in particular encourages understanding of youth culture and the theological foundations of mission to young people. He runs events for those engaged in this work and also events for young people at a Diocesan level.

01962 710971 / 07841 517519



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Legislation on women bishops becomes law

The General Synod has enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as Bishops in the Church of England.

Debbie Thrower installed as an Honorary Canon

Debbie Thrower has been installed as an honorary lay Canon and member of Winchester Cathedral Chapter

Bishop Tim Dakin's visit to East Africa

The Bishop of Winchester recently returned from an official visit to East Africa in his capacity as the Church of England’s spokesperson on further and higher education.

New Chair of the House of Clergy appointed

On Saturday 8 November Diocesan Synod appointed a new Chair of the House of Clergy

Diocese welcomes changes to Reader Ministry

This summer, with the agreement of the Bishop’s Council and in line with other dioceses, we have started to use the term ‘Licensed Lay Minister’ (LLM) rather than ‘Reader’ for all those exercising this important ministry.

Bishops to mark Remembrance Sunday

Local Bishops will commemorate outbreak of World War One alongside communities in Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke

The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt RIP

We are sorry to announce the death of the former Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt.

New Bishop of Basingstoke consecrated

The Reverend Canon David Williams consecrated by the Most Reverend Justin Welby , the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Winchester Cathedral

New Archdeacon for Mission Development starts work

Rev Canon Dr Paul Moore joins Diocesan team

Winchester Cathedral's Learning Centre Reopened

HM Lord-Lieutenant Open Winchester Cathedral's Refurbished Learning Centre