Diocese of Chichester Youth

Deanery Hubs to Support Youth Children's and Family Work Leaders 
We now have Hubs established in the areas of Rotherfield, Hastings, Lewes & Seaford, Cuckfield, Chichester & Westbourne, Horsham, Crawley, Worthing, and Eastbourne

For more information on individual Hubs contact the Hub Leaders below


Hubs are local support groups located across the Diocese of Chichester with designated leaders who are qualified and have experience in Church-based work with children, young people and families. The leaders may from time to time organise a group get-together either in-person or on Zoom or set up a WhatsApp Group to support local leaders who are volunteers or salaried. The Hub leaders have agreed to be available as advisers for sharing ideas and resources. They may also organise training sessions.

The aim of Hubs is to provide:

  • Networking support at peer level for children’s and family leaders across parishes
  • Prayerful encouragement for the children’s leaders and the congregations they serve
  • Sharing of ideas and resources across parishes and deaneries
  • Friendship for those new to children's work and in particular those who have just completed the ALM children’s leadership elective
  • Spiritual and theological input from selected qualified and experienced leaders
  • Pastoral support for busy volunteers
  • Leadership training for ongoing professional development in children’s and family work


Eastbourne Deanery Hub Contact: juliandale@allsaintseastbourne.com

Chichester Deanery Hub Contacts: 

Zena Matthews St Paul's Chichester: zenamatthews1977@gmail.com

Emma Baverstock St Paul's Chichester: emmabaverstock@gmail.com


Westbourne Deanery Hub Contact: Richard Carter St John's Southbourne



Cuckfield Deanery Hub Contact: Hilary Turner-King Holy Trinity Cuckfield



Worthing Deanery Hub Contacts: 

Clive Latter St Matthews Worthing: clive.latter@stmatthewsworthing.org

Maggie Williams St Mary's Goring: margaret.williams10 @hotmail.co.uk

Please check Clive's really helpful video here about what the Worthing Hub can offer: https://youtu.be/evCkJaJw1FE


East Grinstead Deanery Hub Contact: Emily and Adriana


Emily is the Kids and Families Pastor at Church Crawley. She has grown up in Crawley and find it amazing that some of the kids' team she now leads were her children's workers when she was a child. Before this role, she was a nursery practitioner for 5 years, and then a nanny in the area. She has a huge passion for all children to be able to encounter God no matter their age or any additional needs. She also has a huge passion for food, especially dessert, nothing is ever too sweet for Emily. She runs two Toddler groups across the Church sites, parenting courses, connecting with local schools and Sunday morning kids' ministry. With the hub we aim to equip children and youth leaders in the area, supporting each other in the highs and lows and creating a space to connect with others doing the amazing (but sometimes very challenging) work we do.

Adriana loves Jesus and loves people. She is the Youth and Student's Pastor at Church Crawley and is passionate about seeing a generation set free, on fire for Jesus, knowing who they are in Christ, fulfilling their God given purpose and reaching/discipling others. She runs a midweek Youth Group on Fridays and Youth Discipleship Group on Sundays, as well as involved with Holy Trinity Secondary School here in Crawley. Previously, she has worked in schools as teaching assistant and cover supervisor. 


Rotherfield Deanery Hub Contacts: 

Sarah Thrift All Saints Crowborough: sarah@allsaintscrowborough.org

Kat Fisher Wadhurst Parish Church: kat.wadhurstchurch@gmail.com


Hastings Deanery Hub Contact: Jane Hart Christchurch St Leonards-on-Sea



Lewes & Seaford Deanery Hub Contacts:

Sara Alexander St Michaels Newhaven: saraalexander@btinternet.com

Stefan Bracher St Leonard’s & St Luke’s Seaford: cyfw@seafordparish.org.uk

Hubs Locations in Diocese of Chichester 2022

Hurst Hub

Gary is the youth worker for the Beacon Parish and the Parish of Clayton with Keymer, he has been in post since 2017 and has taken on facilitating children’s and family activities as well in the Parishes as well as setting up and running the local foodbank.

Gary is passionate about seeing people grow and depend their faith and is a great lover of engaging outreach that reaches people at all levels of the journey in faith, he is looking forward to meeting new people in the Hurst Deanery and looks forward to the exciting future the hub has to offer to all involved.


Hurst Deanery Hub Contact Gary Pickett gpickett170@gmail.com