Children & Families Ministry May 2019


1.Kids Hope Aus

Many will already be familiar with Kids Hope Aus, Australia’s largest early intervention, school-based mentoring program. It has been impacting the lives of children in Australian schools since 2004. Over that time thousands of disadvantaged children have been matched with mentors in primary schools. Kids Hope Aus mentored children consistently show increased self-esteem, confidence and resilience. What you may not know is that currently in New South Wales there are 18 schools on the Kids Hope waiting list. That is, there are 18 primary schools that are wanting (and waiting) to engage with a local church through the Kids Hope program. To find out whether your local primary school is on this list or to find out more about the possibilities for Kids Hope in your local school, e-mail

2.       Mothers’ Day (May 12)

3.Pentecost Resources (June 9)

4.A Mixed Bag

5.       Playgroup/Pre-school Resources

6.       Intergenerational Ministry

7.       Youth Stuff from Fuller

8.       Via InterGenerate Australia

* e-mail chris.barnett “at” for the summary report

9.       Children & Families Ministry: Core Issues – Jul 11-13, 15-17                Parkville, Melbourne

 Offered as part of Australia’s only dedicated Children & Families Ministry Award (ie. the Graduate Certificate in Children & Families Ministry), this University of Divinity intensive unit (Jul 11-13, 15-17) is an excellent professional development opportunity for ministers, pastors, chaplains and those employed or deeply engaged in ministry with children and their families. Areas explored include the theological, developmental and methodological resources for contextual children and families ministries across the spectrum of Australian church based, community based and para-church expressions. Addressing the theology, spirituality and sociology of the child in relation to family, church, faith, culture, technology, history and philosophical discourse, the unit develops critical skills for evaluating and designing robust, contextual processes for discipleship, pastoral care, safe practice, mission and leadership with families. For more information e-mail

Nb. The intensive format makes participation more possible (compared to a weekly unit) for those outside Victoria. In addition, on-site accommodation (for those that book early) is available at Maclean House.

10.   Highlighted Opportunities

         Highlighted National Event

Jun 11-14             Leaders to Go

 Australia’s premier conference for leaders of leaders of ministry with children and their families! Please save the dates and keep an eye out for more info.

 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: 11-14 June 2019
Times: 2.30pm Tuesday – 1.30pm Friday

          Highlighted International Event

Aug 1-3                 IAYSM Australasian Conference (Auckland)

The Australasian Regional conference of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry (IASYM)  gathers people involved in children’s, youth and emerging/young adult ministry as teachers, lecturers, researchers or thoughtful practitioners across Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The conference provides an opportunity to engage with the latest scholarship and research related to Christian ministry among young people as well as a forum for building stronger networks.

Yours Faithfully,


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