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Ministering to Children conference at Moorlands College


In collaboration with Moorlands College we are running a Ministering to Children Conference on Saturday 27th February 2016

We shall be looking at –

• How children develop and grow
• Principles of running events for children
• Child Spirituality
• Ministering to preschool children

The event has always been very popular over the years, and we hope to develop these mornings over the coming months.

Where: Moorlands College, Sopley, Christchurch, BH23 7AT
When: Saturday 27 February 2016, 9.00 – 1.00pm
Cost: £20 for the conference, or £25 for the conference and lunch

Click the link for a poster: Ministering to Children Conference 2016

For more information, contact events@moorlands.ac.uk or phone 01425 674500



Special and Additional Needs | Growth in Skills and Knowledge – Transformation for children, young people, and the Church

How can we welcome and be inclusive of children and young people with special and additional needs? The best place to start is by talking with the child/young person and their parents or carers to see what their individual needs are. But if you would like to explore some more general resources to get a broad understanding of the spectrum of special and additional needs, the Going for Growth team have some links that will help you.autism%20awareness%20ribbon

Messy Church and children with additional needs

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‘You are the heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with our ancestors. He said to Abraham, “Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.” When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you’ (Acts 3:25-26, NIV, emphasis ours).

These are the first words in a theological reflection on discipleship, Messy Church and disability, provided by Cristina Gangemi, Author ©October 2010.

Entitled The full belonging and active inclusion of children with disabilities and their families, in Messy Church groups and activities, you can read the full reflection here.

How to make easy Bible Lego videos with children


Amy Cook shares an idea on the Building Faith website as follows:

Engaging Scripture with Children
My church is very small. I may have 2 kids on a Sunday morning, or possibly 8. In looking for a way to make the Bible come alive for them, I needed a process that was adaptable. Many Sunday school teachers have found the benefits of Lego. Our idea was to take pictures of the Lego creations, and turn them into videos that tell the Bible story with the kids doing the narration.

You can do this too! All you need is some Lego, a digital camera or phone, and Powerpoint.

Click on her article to see how she does it

20 ways to engage adult learners – key principles for children’s ministry training


Here’s an interesting article from the Aim Lower Journal:

If you have listed your key content points for a training session you might be tempted to just talk. But your material will be more effective if you engage the learners and take note of the different learning styles they will have. Use the some of the 20 methods below to bring your training to life.

This article is from our friends within the Aim Lower Community – the 1 for 50 training project. You can find this article and many more at their informative web site.

Experiential Learning Games – Create a learning game to help participants discover key ideas/concepts.

Drama & Role Playing – Invite students to act out a Bible story or role-play a situation.

Practicum – Give time for participants to practice what they have learned.

Partner Share – Turn to a partner to answer a question or share an experience.

Problem Solve – Divide participants into groups. Give them a problem they need to solve together. Then share together as a whole group.

Brainstorm – Introduce a topic and have participants brainstorm ideas.

Corner Questions – Place a different question in each corner of the room. Divide participants into small groups and have them move from corner to corner, answering each question together.

Read and Discuss Scripture – Divide into small groups for Scripture reading and discussion.

Summarize – Pause and ask participants to summarize the most important thing they heard.

Hand Motions – Add hand motions or actions to a key teaching point; better yet, invite participants to create their own hand motions.

Speed Sharing – Form two lines facing each other. Each pair has 30-60 seconds to answer a given question. After time is up, one of the lines moves down one person and the activity is repeated.

Objects – Place several different random objects on the floor. Ask participants to pick an object which reminds them of an experience or story. Share those stories together.

Scenarios – Give groups a different scenario and have them discuss how they would respond.

Ice-breakers – Play games that require quick responses and which allow participants to move around and get to know one another.

Art – Give participants time to draw pictures/ symbols to answer questions and communicate ideas.

Video Clips – Show a video clip. Prepare follow-up questions for group discussion.

Agree/Disagree – Invite participants to form a circle or a line. Say a statement. If they agree with your statement, they turn to their right. If they disagree, they turn to the left. If at any point they are facing someone, give them a few moments to discuss.

Answer Questions – Leave time and space for participants to ask questions. Allow participants to answer each other’s questions.

Stories – Tell a story. Invite participants to interact with you in the story. Or have participants tell a story.

Prayer – Spend time praying together.

11 stats highlighting the importance of children’s, youth and family ministry

TheResource_Logo_Col_Transparent-e1412953305620Ali Campbell of The Resource says this: I have often been asked about stats related to children’s, youth and family ministry – sometimes they are hard to find or ambiguous, or just er, made up!  So, I have pulled together what I consider to be the most reliable stuff (and these are all based on UK research).

Some of these are self explanatory, some would naturally go with others – use them, mention them, shout them from the rooftops etc.

Click here to access the information.