Reaching local children and families

Are you wondering where theyoung families and children are in your parish? Are you thinking about how you can invite and welcome them into your congregation?

Here are two events which I can offer to your church/group of churches to help you start planning ways of welcoming children and families.

Aiming Younger and Families Fiflower girlnding Faith are training events tailored and delivered to YOUR parish or group of parishes. They are both aimed at those churches who currently have no, or just a few young families in their congregations. They would also be useful for churches that do have a number of young families but feel they could be doing more!

Each event will normally involve 2 or 3 visits from Sarah (with other input organised as needed) with at least one meeting with the church leadership/vicar and another one with the wider congregation. The exact plan will be worked out with each church.

Both events will give you up to date information about families and children today; their issues and needs. It will also help you to consider a biblical view of childhood and family. You will be helped to think about those who live in your parish and to assess how far your church is currently meeting their needs. There will be guidance about what you could do next, both as short and long term strategies.

Finally we will consider how the forming and maintaining of relationships is central to helping everyone to respond to the Gospel. We will explore some ways that this could happen where you are.

Both events cover some of the same areas, but Aiming Younger is aimed more at planning to work with children, and Families Finding Faith aimes more towards work with the whole family.

Please contact Sarah for more information Sarah.brown@derby.anglican.org

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