The Kids Friendly Team

We are delighted to welcome Robin Humphreys to our Kids Friendly team.  Robin replaces Kaila Pettigrove (who moved to Scotland with her family in May) as a part-time Kids Friendly Coach.  She will be based in Christchurch.

Meet our Kids Friendly team:

Jill Kayser is the national Kids Friendly coach and team leader Jill piloted Kids Friendly in 2004 in response to AC Neilson research “Attracting New Zealanders to Spiritual Life” (read more).  She has been the Kids Friendly Coach and team leader for 14 years and has worked tirelessly to effect a Kids Friendly culture in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.  Prior to taking on the Kids Friendly Coach role, Jill worked as children and families ministry leader at St Heliers Presbyterian and before that as a communications consultant.  Jill has a degree in psychology and post graduate qualifications in coaching and mentoring. She is an elder of St Heliers Presbyterian Church and is passionate about sharing God’s love with children and including them into an intergenerational (Kids Friendly) faith community.  Jill is based in Auckland.

Robin Humphreys is the Kids Friendly coach (part-time).  Robin is an ordained minister of the USA Presbyterian church and has also worked as community children’s ministry leader in New Zealand.  She has extensive experience in outreach and children’s ministry and is passionate about inviting all (women, men and children) into faith communities that offer opportunities to grow in spirit and serve Jesus. She is committed to working with churches to equip them to effectively welcome children and celebrate their presence and giftsRobin is based in Christchurch.

Cheryl Harray is the Kids Friendly Advisor for the Synod of Otago and Southland. She has a background in primary teaching and has been involved in children’s and family ministries all her life.  She served alongside her minister husband Ken in local parishes for 30 years. Cheryl has a passion for cultivating intergenerational faith communities.  She loves to see children participate in and enjoy Sunday worship with all ages together (for at least some of the time) and is committed to helping churches discover ways of connecting community children and families with God. Cheryl also loves to equip and inspire parents to share their faith with their children (or grandchildren – and Cheryl is a great role model as she loves sharing faith her grandchildren Sam and Lucy Gordon!)  Cheryl is based in Dunedin.

We are here to serve you and would love to share our passion and knowledge for connecting children with God with you!

Contact Us:

Jill Kayser, National Kids Friendly Coach

Robin Humphreys, Kids Friendly Coach (part-time)

Cheryl Harray, Kids Friendly Advisor, Synod of Otago and Southland.