The Talking Toddlers report released in May 2020, shows that 74% of all parents with children under the age of five have attended a church-run activity in the past year.
This new research was commissioned by HOPE Together, the Church of England, and the Evangelical Alliance to highlight the potential for sustained church growth if the church nurtures the faith of under-fives and their parents. Download a summary report of the survey findings here.
Over recent months we have hosted Talking Toddlers webinars to discuss the findings of the research. A recording of the webinar from June 2020 can be watched here. This explores in more depth the findings from the research and how this might apply to our church contexts and outreach to families.
A second follow-up webinar took place in October 2020 looking at stories from lockdown of digital engagement with families of under 5s, creative ideas for this season, and what churches need to consider and put in place to meet again in person.
In March 2021, the Talking Toddlers team held a third webinar exploring lockdown, well-being, and opportunities for Easter outreach. This webinar presents resource-ideas alongside stories of how Churches have maintained connections with fringe families during lockdown. They also explore what Toddler groups and children’s ministry might look like as we come out of lockdown.