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Children's and Youth Work

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Forwards from Lockdown - how to plan parish children's work during this time

How can/should we work as we move cautiously out of Lockdown?

Postponed

In this online Zoom session, we will consider ways of working within the current regulations and will consider a variety of scenarios for how the next 6 months/year might look.

Using examples of good practice and resources available from organisations such as Scripture Union, Messy Church, Parenting for Faith/Bible Reading Fellowship we will give time to think and start to plan how your parish children’s work could continue and even grow during this time.

Diddy Disciples - Postponed

Diddy Disciples is a creative and playful new worship and Bible storytelling resource for babies, toddlers and young children. Groups are invited to build their own Diddy Disciples sessions, choosing from different options.

Feel free to bring pre-schoolers along too.

These sessions are open to all, but booking is essential.

 

Parenting for Faith -Online session

The "Faith in our Families" report has some worrying statistics. For example, 'Only 36% of parents surveyed said that they felt "very confident" in nurturing their child's faith. 70% of church leaders said that they would like some ideas to help parents see the importance of nurturing faith at home', and perhaps more telling, '92% felt they should be doing more.'

  • We will consider recent reports and what they tell us about faith amongst families and households.

    *We will explore resources and ideas for encouraging faith at home and with families, especially during this lockdown time.

    *We will look briefly at some resources which could be used to encourage faith at home

 These sessions are open to all, but booking is essential.

Seriously Messy - Helping Families as they Cope with Death

And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle.

Death is inevitable, and these joyful words from “The Last Battle” are full of hope. Yet we know that death often doesn’t feel like this. There is pain and bewilderment, especially for children. Whether death has been very sudden or illness has caused a long goodbye, we need to be prepared to offer what help we can. Perhaps the hardest is the death of a child with the support needed for the community in such a case. We will use a range of resources which can be bought or downloaded.

These sessions are open to all, but booking is essential. 

 Working with Small Groups: Training for Youth Leaders

This course is aimed at anyone, lay or ordained, who wants to encourage a small group of young people in their faith.

Many churches have only 2 or 3 secondary school-age youngsters in the congregation. This session will look at why it is important to meet regularly with them, what sort of programme you can put together and we will look at some of the resources available.

These sessions are open to all, but booking is essential.

Mental Health First Aid for Clergy, Youth & Children’s Leaders

Would you know how to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person? A look at statistics and stories with some general guidance as to how to respond appropriately, and where and how you might signpost a young person for further help.

These sessions are open to all, but booking is essential. 

Unexpected Child in the Church Area!

Just as when you’re quickly pushing your shopping through the checkout and the machine suddenly announces that something has gone wrong, the appearance of a child, or several children, in your usually calm and quiet service can fill many congregation members with a feeling of sudden anxiety.

• We look at how you can be prepared for this and what resources would be useful to offer some spiritual input for a range of ages and interests.

• We’ll consider how much our own expectations and experience of children and their behaviour might affect the welcome we feel able to give.

• We look at ways of supporting carers/parents and involving children in the centre of worship as we seek to welcome them as Jesus did.

Now Online: Love Your Local School(s)

This online course will take place via Zoom

 As we emerge from the Lockdown, there has never been a more important time for every church, no matter how large or small, to be involved with the schools in their area.

This online course will consider the many ways that your church could love and support schools – whether they are Church of England or Community schools, Primary or Secondary or any type at all!

 


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