Cheryl Harray

Children and Families Advisor


My role is to encourage and resource mission and ministry with children and families in the Southern Presbyterian churches - no church is too small or too big!

This may include ideas and resources for Sunday worship (welcome, children’s programmes, all ages together) and community connections. I collaborate closely with the national Presbyterian Children and Families Ministry team whose mission and goals and resources can be found at 

In Otago Southland I can offer: 

  • Networking opportunities for children’s ministry leaders

  • Regular E-news with latest resources and great seasonal ideas

  • Free training workshops for ministers, elders and children’s leaders. These can be tailor made and may include topics like ‘Intergenerational ministry; ‘Partnering with parents and Faith at Home’ ‘Worshipping with children’ ‘Raising the bar- children’s leader training’ ‘Building Bridges- Connecting with Community’

  • Helping churches use review tools to become more welcoming and nurturing of children - it’s a journey, not a destination

  • A friendly face and a listening ear! So phone, email or arrange a face to face meeting!

I have been involved in children’s ministry since I was a teen, trained as a primary school teacher, and was in ministry in Presbyterian churches for 30 years, with my husband Ken, before taking on this role fulltime in 2010. We have four adult children and four grandchildren who are a great source of joy and place for trying out ideas! 

I will be retiring from this role at the end of November 2020. It is my hope that the position will be filled again to continue vital support for children and families ministry in the region. 

Please contact me until then at

027 489 6153