Nominator Maggie Norman presents Sladen award to external winner Laird More

Laird Presentation

The Centre for Excellence in Christian Education is proud to announce that Laird More from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Arthur is the external recipient of The CECE Sladen Award of Excellence in Children’s Ministry 2015.

Next year’s conference is on Saturday November the 5th 2016 at St. John’s York Mills!

Be sure to save the date – register early, come and enjoy!


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CECE Conference 2015 Live Stream: Closing Worship, Awards, and Remarks

The Sladen Award will be presented by Archbishop Johnson to award excellence in volunteer children’s ministry. We will also enjoy a special musical tribute to children’s ministry by Rob Ellis.

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CECE Conference 2015 Live Stream: Workshop: How Do We Help To Form the Next Generation? with Beth Nolson

How does the next generation form us? Intentional Intergenerational Ministry is one approach to these questions. In this session we will explore biblical/theological foundations and social learning theories that frame Intergenerational Ministry. We will also consider creative and practical ways in which to involve the generations together in faith formation, and will address some of the challenges and their solutions that may arise through this approach.

Beth Nolson is a ministry leader with experience in church planting, church leadership, mentoring youth, and walking with parents as they learn to grow in faith with their children. Her passion is to see inclusive churches where all ages have a place and a voice and where the generations “grow each other up” into faith. Beth is also a nurse, caring for families in the Women and Babies Program at Sunnybrook Hospital. Beth is married to Tom. They have 3 grown children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and a very cute puppy named “Eddie”. Away from work Beth enjoys running, thought provoking books and lively discussions.

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CECE Conference 2015 Live Stream: Workshop: Beyond Music-Worshiping with Children with Brian Suggs

Understanding that faith formation in children is primarily concerned with cultivating their relationships with God and realizing that we as Children’s Ministry leaders would do well to allow children opportunity to encounter the majesty, awe, and mystery that is God’s presence amongst His people, this workshop will examine ways to worship (pray, wonder, serve) with children. Participants will have the opportunity to both share their own experiences of worshiping with children and listen as others share their experiences. In addition, this workshop will discuss challenges to worshiping with children and practical ways to overcome them.

Brian Suggs is a Family Pastor at St. Philip’s on-the-hill Anglican Church, Unionville, ON. Having grown up in a home where God, faith, and church were central parts of everyday life, he has fond memories of being part of a nurturing and encouraging faith community. It is his desire as a Family Pastor to support and encourage families wherever they find themselves on the journey of faith. Brian also teaches a course on Children’s Ministry at Tyndale University and serves as the Area Youth Coordinator for York-Simcoe with the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. His wife, Naomi, and he are blessed with two beautiful girls and are enjoying their life adventure as they seek to pass on their faith to them and make disciples of Jesus in the next generation.

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CECE Conference 2015 Live Stream: Workshop: Gadgets, Giggles, & Gizmos with Jeff Harmon

Object lessons are a great way to bring home lessons in your children’s ministry. You will learn how to use the simplest of items and turn them into exciting and amazing tools of instruction. As well, games are a great way to engage children in your programs. Learn what to do and what no to do when you have them in your programs whether they are ordinary games or the kid-favorite messy games.

Jeff Harmon is voted by Group Magazine as one of the top 20 influencers of the last 20 years in Children’s Ministry, Jeff’s passion is to equip leaders to influence and impact their local churches and to mentor young pastors and leaders to stay the course. With a passionate commitment to see leaders succeed, he speaks at conferences, colleges and churches. Jeff has been married to Lori for 31 years and together have 2 married sons, one grandson and one incredible daughter and a Shih-Tzu named Shiloh.

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