Children and Families Ministry – April 2017 Update

Children & Families Ministry – April 2017 Update

1.   Stories of Childhood Playgroup/Pre-school Ministry Training Day Saturday April 29 2017 Parkville, Victoria

Well worth traveling to Melbourne for, the annual Stories of Childhood Playgroup/Pre-school Training Dayis a great opportunity for any church engaged in ministry with young families. For ministers, pastors, leaders and team members involved in activities such as Playgroup, pre-school music programs and Sunday morning activities, Stories of Childhoodwill assist you and your church in connecting more deeply with the children and their carers you are called to serve. The excellent electives on offer across the day include…

·   Using puppets with pre-schoolers

·   Recruiting and Supporting Volunteers

·   Inclusion and Engagement for All Abilities

·   Creating a thriving intergenerational culture

·   Supporting, encouraging and blessing parents

·   Making Mat Time memorable – Stories and songs

·   Going deeper – growing faith through conversation

·   Encouraging the journey from Playgroup to Church

·   Child Safe Standards and Playgroup/pre-school ministry

More information and Registration: Stories of Childhood 2017

Lent, Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week Cube (Barnabas)

Sounds of Holy Week (Barnabas)

Finding Fun and Faith at Easter (Roots)

Travelling through Holy Week (Barnabas)

Free Holy Week Stuff (Diocese of St. Albans)

Living the Seasons at Home (Seasons of the Spirit)

Nb. If you haven’t already done so, let me encourage you to check out Lenten Intergenerational Lectionary-based Resources and Engage Together – Intergenerational Resources for Lent.

3.   ANZAC Day Resources

ANZAC Worship Resources (UCA)

ANZAC day and the lectionary (Loader)

ANZAC Day for Children (Salvation Army)

Sharing ANZAC day with children (Kids Friendly)

ANZAC day and a Christian connection (Diduno)

4.    Useful Messy Church Resources for All

<pJune 3 Make it Messy! (training event – registration site live by March 29)

Being Messy, Being Church (new book)

Messy Church Does Science (activities)

Messy Palm Sunday (activities)

Mess as Mystery (blog)

Messy Church and Liturgy (resource)

Messy Church as Sacred Space (blog)

5.   Aim Lower Articles

Positive peer community for children

Releasing children to discover God’s Purpose

Intergenerational ministry beyond the rhetoric

Understanding Christian concepts of human flourishing

Adventuring with Scripture – Children, the Bible and Discipleship

Faith at Home (pinterest)

Family Rituals and Traditions

Faithfull Generation (website)

Generations in Faith Together

An Intergenerational Invitation

Why I think children should be involved in all parts of worship

Nb. Any family is welcome to be part of the Young Edgers component of the Sacred Edge Festival (Queenscliff, May 5-7).

7.  A Final Miscellany

Losing Heart (Research Project Report)

12 Reasons Millennials are Over Church (blog)

Messy Church & Day of Small Things (Report Highlights)

FaithFULL Generation  (kindle)

Theologies of Childhood and the children of Africa (book)

Welcoming Africa’s Children: Theological and Ministry Perspectives (book)

8.    2017 Leaders to Go May 16-19  Stanwell Tops, NSW

Australia’s premier conference for leaders of leaders of ministry with children and their families!

Featuring: Facilitated in-put, Workshops, Market place and expo, live-in community, individual retreat, creativity, small groups, worship and reflection, prayer and networking and more!
Venue: The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops, NSW
Dates: 16-19 May 2017
Times: 2pm Tuesday – 1pm Friday
Details & Registration: leaderstogo.org.au
Facebook: facebook.com/leaderstogoconference/